The Graduate Student Association (GSA) provides fiscal support for graduate students to conduct scholarly projects, engage in professional development 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, professional development and purchase supplies and equipment 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. Every fiscal year (July 1 - June 30), a student may only receive two approved funding awards that are NOT in the same funding category.
View Required GSA Funding Documents for all funding
Research funding is for the purchase of supplies and equipment for research or other original scholarly work related to a graduate student’s project, thesis, or dissertation. Research materials must be purchased AFTER the GSA funding application has been approved. This funding is not for the purpose of supplementing the graduate program’s equipment or material inventory. However, Equipment and supplies purchased with research funding becomes the property of the university after completion of research, not the personal property of the student. In addition, cash cannot be used as payment for research/survey subjects. Only gift cards and crowdsourcing internet marketplace compensation are permitted for this purpose. When using gift cards, they must be documented on your expense voucher, including signed forms by participants upon receipt of incentive for verification and tracking. Research funding may be awarded up to $600 maximum.
(Prior to making any travel arrangements please refer to CDC guidelines for more information https://www.cdc.gov/. Please confirm with your advisor that there are no travel restrictions for your destination)
Travel funding supports presenting or attending at a scholarly event (e.g., a virtual conference, seminar, lecture, exhibition or performance) related to research or other original work for a graduate program, project, thesis or dissertation. This funding pays transportation fare (e.g., air, taxi, train or bus), lodging, mileage, meals, registration, parking and tolls. Travel funding may be awarded up to $300 maximum to attend a scholarly event or $600 maximum to present at a scholarly event.
To keep our travel funding in compliance with the Business Travel Office, we ask you to submit your travel funding requests no later than 30 days prior to the date of travel to allow both the GSA and Business Travel Office to fully process the application. Additionally, the Business Travel Office may be able to help with an advancement of funds for meals, hotels, and airline tickets. For more information regarding the Business Travel Office’s procedures, please visit: https://www.towson.edu/financialservices/travel/ or contact the Business Travel Office by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling them at (410) 704 – 5421.
Professional development funding helps students gain access to intellectual material or technological resources that can benefit students in their professional endeavors. Materials/resources must be purchased AFTER the GSA funding application has been approved. Types of experiences that would apply to professional development would include, but are not limited to, additional courses offered through professional associations to gain certification in a particular skill, gaining access to discipline specific technological resources, and subscriptions to websites/databases beneficial to professional development. Students must provide justification of professional benefit. Professional development funding may be awarded up to $300 maximum.
In an academic year, a student may only receive two approved funding awards that are NOT in the same funding category. Completing an application for GSA funding does not guarantee receipt of funding. All applications are reviewed by the GSA and funding is granted based on the stated purpose, verification/statement of support from advisor/faculty member and availability of funds. Notification of receiving funding is required prior to using the requested money to purchase supplies.
NOTE: Funding amounts are based on available funds and are on a case-by-case basis.
Questions? Email gsa AT_TOWSON