Spring Semester 2021 COVID-19 Update

Applications for travel grants will open Janurary 22nd at 5 PM and close February 5th at 5 PM. This grant period covers events from March1st, 2021 to September 1st, 2021.

GPSG Travel Grants: The University is suspending all university-funded international and domestic travel.

  • Awardees will remain eligible for a future travel grant and previous recipients will also be eligible for this semester's travel grant.

  • Travel grants may only be used for registration and related fees for online conferences.

  • Funding maximum is $100 for the semester to reflect the lack of travel costs and increase the total number of grants.

GPSG Student Group Grants: The University is suspending all in-person, on-campus events.

  • Grants are now accepted on a rolling basis. Durring the semester, applications will be brought in front of the assembly within two weeks and are first-come-first-serve. Applications submitted during university breaks will be brought to the assembly at the next meeting time.
  • Student groups may apply for funding for virtual events.
  • Student groups are encouraged to apply with the continued goal to advance and enrich the graduate student experience at CU through virual means.

Please contact our Director of Finance Lange Simmons if you have any questions at finance.gpsg@coloroado.edu. (Please be patient as I respond to all these emails)

Grant Details

GPSG sponsors two types of student grants:

  1. Individual Travel Grants
  2. Student Group Grants

There are two grant series per academic year, one each semester. 

  • Fall Grants cover travel and events taking place between September 1st, 2020 and March 1st, 2021. 
  • Spring Grants cover travel and events taking place between March 1st, 2021 and September 1st, 2021.

Individual Travel Grants

International Students - Please assure that you are permitted to receive a travel grant and make sure that you will not receive extra taxes on the grants (checkout this link)

The Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) awards funding (up to $300) to individual graduate students each academic semester to support travel to academic conferences, meetings, or other events related to the student's studies. Students are eligible to receive travel aid only once in their tenure as a CU Boulder graduate student. This allows more students a chance to get funding. Please review the Policy and example essays below. Please note that students from departments with high participation at GPSG assembly meetings (attended 75% or more of the meetings in the previous semester) will receive 5 points of their application grade based on such attendance.

Travel Grants 101

Travel Grant Rules and Procedures

Travel Grant Essay Grading Rubric

Example Essay #1

Example Essay #2

Please Note: The GPSG Travel Grant is different from the Graduate School Student Travel Grant. Applying to GPSG Travel Grant does not affect your eligibility to apply to the the other.

Student Group Grants

The Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) facilitates the efforts and initiatives of CU Boulder graduate students working toward the betterment of the university environment and/or the broader communities in which they live and work through financial support for these student groups each academic semester. As such, GPSG offers a limited number of grants (up to $1000) to CU Boulder student groups that advance and enrich the graduate student experience at CU. Please review the Policy below.

Student Group Event Grant Policies and Procedures

Group Grant Event Form

Group Grant Budget and Waiver Form


Spring 2020 COVID-19 Updates

The following is information for students who were awarded travel grants for spring 2020.

GPSG Travel Grants: The University is suspending all university-funded international and domestic travel.

  • Students whose conference have been cancelled or students who choose not to travel due to the cornavirus will still be reimbursed up to $300 for their transportation arrangement, hotel costs, and registration fees. (You will not be reimbursed if you received a full refund or full credit on everything)

  • Students who do not use their GPSG travel grant this semester will have until the end of next academic year (FY 2020-2021) to use their funds. Student will not need to re-apply. 

  • GPSG has been working closely with Center for Student Involvement to handle finances on a case by case basis. Please contact them if you have specific reimbursement questions (csifinance@colorado.edu). Rest assured that we are here to ease the financial burden off students. 

GPSG Student Group Grants: The University is suspending all large and/or multi-day events.

  • Student groups who have spent their funds but cancelled the event and cannot get refunded will still be reimburse up to $750.
  • Student groups who have not used their funds and would like to postpone the event will have until the end of next academic year (FY 2020-2021) to host the event. Groups will not need to re-apply.