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GAPSA offers several different types of grants to support the academic, professional and social development of its members.

Academic Initiative Grants

GAPSA Academic Initiative Grants offer funds for the enhancement of the graduate and professional student experience at the University of Minnesota. The primary purposes are to provide funding for events, programs and services that directly involve or impact graduate and professional students, and to expand and enhance academic programs and research opportunities on campus that contribute to the overall academic development of graduate and professional students.

Social Event Grants

GAPSA Social Event Grants offer funding opportunities in support of social events for graduate and professional students on campus. This grant offers partial funding for event expenses such as food, beverages, promotional materials and rentals.

Scholarly Awards

GAPSA Scholarly Awards are intended to help support necessary expenses in which the recipient will be presenting a research paper or poster to an audience outside of the University of Minnesota. These awards are available for current graduate and professional students of the University of Minnesota attending the Duluth and Twin Cities campuses.

Professional Development Grants

GAPSA Professional Development Grants are intended to help graduate and professional students attend a conference or event with the goal of professional growth (and where their own work is not presented). These awards are available to current graduate and professional students at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. 

Small Grants

As part of GAPSA’s initiatives for inclusion and engagement, we introduce the Small Events Program. It is often demanding for small groups of graduate and professional students to organize as registered student organizations and undergo the detailed process of applying for the GAPSA general grants if they want to arrange small events – social, academic, or other. The purpose of this grant is to encourage graduate and professional students to become involved and to work towards the betterment of the UMN community.