PLEASE NOTE: funding window is now closed. Please check back in the fall for more information.  Contact our treasurer at [email protected] for any questions. 

The GSA currently offers the Professional Development Fund (PDF) and Research Capstone Fund (RCF) each academic semester. Students can apply to either the PDF or RCF, but not both. Priority will be given to those that did not receive funding last semester. 

As a reminder, only applications from a represented department will be accepted. To check if your department is represented in GSA for the 2024-2025 academic year, visit our “Current Senators (2024-2025)” page.  

Follow this link to access the funding application once the window is open: ( Please watch and read all guidelines before submitting your application. You can also find helpful tips on applying here. 

*While we want to fund all graduate students, we unfortunately cannot as we have a limited budget. We operate on a first come, first serve basis and on application accuracy. Funding is not guaranteed.*  

Professional Development Fund (PDF) 

The PDF can cover the registration, travel fees, hotel, and/or food (if not provided by the conference) up to $500 FOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE in the conference. Participation means you must either be presenting or have a UNCG business reason for attending. Students can only receive PDF funds once per semester.  

The Conference must take place between July 1, 2024 and December 31, 2024. 

  1. Fill out TRV-1 Form Correctly and Fully 
    (please watch video above on how to complete this file and look at the sample TRV-1 form before completing yours) — Found in Funding Forms tab 
  2. Attach an email in PDF form from your advisor/supervisor saying that they have pre-approved your travel and the business purpose of the attendance of the conference. 
  3. Receipt of Conference (itemized) (registration, food, travel, hotel, etc.) All applicants must have the conference registration receipt along with the other receipts/ estimated costs. If you have not attended yet you must have estimated costs to justify the amount of funding requested. 
    *GSA cannot reimburse for membership costs. 
  4. Signed Letter of Support from your faculty advisor 
  5. Direct comparison of why flying was cheaper than driving (or driving was cheaper than flying) 
  6. Proof: Conference Schedule/at a glance/ Thank you for attending email/etc. 
  7. Citizenship: If you are NOT a US Citizen: Please submit which form is appropriate for your situation: NRA001, NRA002 or I-551 form. 
  8. Presentation abstract (if not presenting, please have advisor directly say what the business purpose of your travel was at this conference).  

Note: the PDF is capped at $500 

Research Capstone Fund (RCF) 

Request for the university to pay for an item/service. This is not a reimbursement, only a purchase request 

For your submission: Highlight how the item/service will provide benefit to something more than the individual making the request (UNCG, the community, etc). The item will belong to the lab/department you are in, not you. 

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