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Grant Funding

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) oversees the distribution of research and conference grant funding through a competitive application process that occurs four times per fiscal year. GSA grants are supplemental in nature to aid in the academic and professional development of UNC’s graduate students. Due to the limited nature of grant funding, each application cycle is highly competitive and designed to expose graduate students to the scrutiny and subjectivity of grants in the public and private sectors. To learn more about GSA grant funding, please read the GSA Grant Handbook.

Cycle 4 Grant Application Links:

Grant Cycle 04 applications  will be accepted May 1-14, 2021. If you missed the Cycle 03 application deadline, research / presentations / conference attendance / professional development that takes place between Jan. 1- June 30, 2021, can apply for funding in grant Cycle 04.  

Note: Due to COVID-19, reimbursements for conference- and/or research-related travel are only allowed for travel within the U.S. To be eligible for reimbursement, travel must begin on, or after, May 1, 2021. 

The Cycle 04 grant applications to be posted on May 1, 2021:

Grant Application Helpful Info:


Grant Session and Application Due Dates

Fiscal Year 2020-21

GSA Grant Cycle 1:
For conferences/research occurring between July 1-Aug. 31, 2020

  • Application opens: July 1, 12:01 a.m.
  • Application closes: July 17, 5 p.m.
  • Funding decisions by: Aug. 7
  • Deadline to collect reimbursements: Aug. 31, 5 p.m.

GSA Grant Cycle 2:
For conferences/research occurring between Sept. 1-Dec. 31, 2020

  • Application opens: Sept. 1, 12:01 a.m.
  • Application closes: Sept. 18, 5 p.m.
  • Funding decisions by: Oct. 30
  • Deadline to collect reimbursements: Dec. 31, 5 p.m.

GSA Grant Cycle 3:
For conferences/research occurring between Jan. 1-April 30, 2021

  • Application opens: Jan. 1, 12:01 a.m.
  • Application closes: Jan. 29, 5 p.m.
  • Funding decisions by: March 26
  • Deadline to collect reimbursements: April 30, 5 p.m.

GSA Grant Cycle 4:
For conferences/research occurring between May 1-June 30, 2021

  • Application opens: May 1, 12:01 a.m.
  • Application closes: May 14, 5 p.m.
  • Funding decisions by: June 4
  • Deadline to collect reimbursements: June 11, 5 p.m. If your conference takes place between June 11-30, you must contact the UNC Student Business Office to make advance arrangements to receive your reimbursements ahead of time due to the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2021.