The GSA has limited funding available to support organizations' events and conferences when serve graduate students. Awards are available for up to $300 per student organization per quarter, with a maximum of $600 awarded per academic year per graduate student organization.


Qualifying graduate student organizations plan events such as conferences, symposia, lecture series, live performances, or other events that provide a means for graduate students to enrich their educational experience at UC Santa Barbara. If you are unsure whether your event qualifies for funding, please get in touch with the Vice President of Financial Affairs.


  • Requests from organizations of graduate students over requests from student organizations with graduate student members.

  • Requests for activities for graduate students over requests, in descending order, for all students, the entire campus community, or the local community.

  • Interdisciplinary requests involving different academic departments, over requests involving only one academic department or discipline.


Applications are due to the VP of Financial Affairs no less than five business days before the monthly GSA General Assembly. If your application is approved, you will be invited to present at the GSA General Assembly. You will have a five-minute slot to present some slides that give an overview of your event, how graduate students may benefit from the event and how the organization will use the award.


Fill out the application. Incomplete forms will not be accepted.
Information that must be included in your General Assembly presentation: Name of organization, event title, general event information, date(s) and time(s) of the event, who will the event serve, other organizations collaborating, how much money is being requested, where will the funds be used, name of check recipient for disbursement.


The funds can be disbursed to your organization in one of three ways:

  • Through OrgSync by providing a valid OrgSync account number

  • Sent to your academic department to handle fund disbursal

  • Reimbursed directly to an individual for expenses