The Graduate Student Association (GSA) provides fiscal support for graduate students to conduct scholarly projects and attend professional meetings.
Since 1997, the Graduate Student Association has allotted a portion of the GSA budget to help fund students’ research and professional development. This includes, but is not limited to, presentations of a research paper or project at a conference, attendance at a conference and/or scholarly event, or purchase of supplies for graduate projects, research, thesis or dissertation.
Graduate students who are currently enrolled in degree seeking programs, taking courses, and are in good academic standing are eligible to apply for and receive funding. Students may not use the funding for projects, conferences, events or materials that occur after they have graduated from their program. In an academic year, a student can only receive funding once for travel and once for research.
For the purchase of supplies for research or other original scholarly work related to a graduate program, project, thesis, or dissertation. Please note that any equipment purchased with research funding becomes property of the university after completion of research. In addition, cash cannot be used as payment for research/survey subjects. Only gift cards are permitted and must be documented on your voucher as well as an incentive acknowledgement form. Students can receive up to $600 maximum per academic year.
For presenting or attending at a scholarly event (e.g., a conference, seminar, lecture, exhibition or performance) related to research or other original work for a graduate program, project, thesis, or dissertation. This funding covers transportation fare (air, taxi, train, and bus), lodging, mileage, meals, registration, parking and tolls. Students can receive $600 maximum to present at a scholarly event or $300 maximum to attend a scholarly event per academic year.
The Business Travel Office may be able to help with an advancement of funds for meals, hotels, and airline tickets. Please contact travel AT_TOWSON or call (410) 704 – 5421 to make an appointment.
Completing an application does not guarantee funding. Funding is granted based on the stated purpose for the request, and availability of funds. Approval of the request for funding is required prior to purchasing supplies. Funding is determined by availablity on a case-by-case basis.