Graduate Student Innovation in Involvement Grant

The GSA is releasing a call for applications for our second bi-annual Graduate Student Innovation in Involvement (GSII) Grant.


The GSII grant should help to enhance graduate student involvement and presence at UMBC; both for the betterment of shared communities and grad students themselves. The goal of this grant is to fund programs and initiatives which cross-cut a variety of university agents (undergraduates, faculty, departments, etc…) and our extended communities (Catonsville, Baltimore, Maryland, etc…).  Successful grants will serve to connect and grow these various communities through graduate student ambassadorship.  These grants will help to reshape the role of the graduate student in both academia and society for the betterment of all.  This is a competitive grant, awarded twice annually, that would allow the GSA executive board to provide targeted funding to other graduate student leaders who have interesting and innovative ideas or initiatives that will help enhance graduate student culture at UMBC.


Successful proposals should achieve one (or more) of the following goals:

  • Seek to expand the role of graduate students within the university.

  • Enhance intercultural and interdisciplinary endeavors which build communication and relationships with members of the inner-UMBC community.

  • Promote academic ambassadorship through graduate student interactions between departments, colleges, and with external communities.

  • Generate summer and winter session student activities or events to build UMBC into a bustling “year-round campus”.

Grant awards are at maximum $5000 with two grants awarded per year. Proposal expenses have to be justified by a line-item budget breakdown.  Simply requesting the maximum funds without reasonable justification is not acceptable.  The executive board reserves the right to adjust budgets to align with university policies.

The grant submission deadline for fall and winter grants is on May 30th, 2015.
More information about how the requirements for this grant and how to apply for it can be found on our website

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