Grad 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. This year, we are expanding this program to cover more facets of the graduate student experience

Next funding deadline: October 31 (accepting submissions October 1 – 31)

In addition to Oct 1-31, this grant cycle will occur more often throughout the year, tentatively opening again in 2021: January 1-31, April 1-30, and July 1-30.

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 here. 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 by October 31, 2020. If you would like to explore your ideas with someone before you submit your proposal, contact the grants staff at gradexperience [at]

Please note: if you plan to apply by October 31 but your project has a start date prior to December, this may not the appropriate funding source for you as decisions and funds will not be available before that date.