Graduate Student Experience Grants

Since 2002, the Graduate Student Life Grants program has been a successful request-for-proposal process that invites graduate students, spouses, faculty, and staff to submit creative ideas that kick-start community-building projects.

We have recently expanded this program to cover more facets of the graduate student experience and rebranded it accordingly as the “Graduate Student Experience Grants (GSEG).”

Next funding deadline: July 31 (accepting submissions June 15 – July 31)

The GSEG grant cycle will occur 3 times throughout the year: March 15 – April 15, June 15 – July 15, and October 15 – November 15.

Funding may be requested for activities in the following categories:

  • Department-, Lab-, or Center-based student events & activities
  • Student-organized conferences or workshops
  • Innovative Projects

Proposals for creative projects in the following areas should apply under the Innovative Projects category:

  • Students with children
  • Diversity, equity, & inclusion
  • Professional & leadership development
  • Healthy living
  • Arts and civic engagement
  • Community-building across disciplines
  • Outreach
  • Advisor – advisee relations

Also, please note that on campus / in person events are currently limited. Please see the events description under the FAQ here and updated events policy.

Please email for further questions.

Who can apply

Anyone interested in improving the graduate student experience can apply, including graduate students and student groups, faculty, staff, and alumni.

How & when to apply

Complete the online application between June 15 and July 31. If you would like to explore your ideas with someone before you submit your proposal, contact the grants staff at

Please note: If you plan to apply this cycle but your project has a start date prior to the end of cycle or one month after, this may not the appropriate funding source for you as decisions and funds will not be available before that date