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GSA Funding FAQs

What is GSA Funding and how can it be used?

  • The Individual Conference Grant is to support and facilitate graduate and professional student research initiatives and professional formation through attendance of professional conferences.
  • The Individual Research Grant is modeled after the Research Expense Grant program for university faculty, and is designed to help offset the costs associated with scholarly research and conference attendance that is not directly funded by other agencies, schools/departments within the university, or grants to advising faculty members.
  • The group grant  is designed to help fund projects and programs that benefit a wide variety of graduate and professional students (as opposed to supporting the work of just one)

 How do I qualify for GSA Funding?

  • You must be a current full-time or part-time Boston College graduate student in the Carroll Graduate School of Management, the Connell Graduate School of Nursing, the Lynch Graduate School of Education, the Graduate School of the Morrissey College of A & S, the School of Social Work, or the School of Theology & Ministry seeking financial support for the cost associated with attending a professional conference. This cost may include airfare, transportation, lodging or conference registration.
  • Please note the GSA is no longer reimbursing graduate students for food purchases. Due to increase of cost of conference request we are hoping to best utilize the funds for airfare, transportation, and lodging.
  • GSA funds will only be applied to cover conference- related travel expenses. If the GSA Funding Selection Committee approves the student for an amount greater than the amount of the student’s original receipts total, the balance will remain with the GSA, and will not be distributed to the student. (Example: If the student is approved for $100.00 of GSA funding, but only spends $80.00 at the conference, only $80.00 will be provided to the student, and the GSA will retain the other $20.00.)
  • If awarded GSA funding, the amount granted to the student for his/her conference travel will vary between $50.00 to $125.00 per student per fiscal year. Group grants may be awarded up to $500.

What is the application process for the Individual Research/Conference Grant?

  •  Fill out the online form by following this link. Applications must be received by the appropriate application deadline. PLEASE NOTE THE APPLICATION DEADLINES COME WELL BEFORE THE DATES OF THE ACTUAL CONFERENCE.  These are based on when you will be ATTENDING the conference. Be aware that you must be very specific as to what expenses you would like to be reimbursed.
  • Please make sure to have your faculty member give approval of your application by having them fill out this link.

Guidelines for IRCG/Group Grants Reimbursement

  1. The student who received the reward is the only individual who can be paid out from that award.  The GSA can only reimburse for actual expenses incurred by that student.
  2. The student’s department, college, or school may also be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred by that student.
  3. Before any reimbursements can be issued, the GSA Financial Director must receive proof of registration at the conference. For presenters, documentation indicating said presentation must also be submitted.
  4. To receive reimbursement, the student must submit the following:
    1. Original, itemized receipts or bills or boarding passes
    2. Student Reimbursement Form
    3. Travel Expense Form if  traveled
    4. All reimbursement paperwork should be submitted as hard copies to the GSA Financial Director
  5. All receipts  must be taped to an 8×11 sheet of paper. Only original itemized receipts will be accepted for reimbursement. Please paperclip all your paperwork.
  6. If a department, college, or school made payments on the student’s behalf, the same procedure should be followed, but specifying payment to the relevant university unit instead of the student.