UNM GPSA Grants & Scholarships

GPSA is pleased to offer three different grants to students looking to fund their research, travel expenses, professional development, and/or the cost of research materials. Each year, we give out over $100,000 in grants to approximately 130 graduate students across campus. In addition to supporting graduate research and professional development, our grants are designed to allow students the opportunity to learn about the grant writing process and hone their skills before they submit grant proposals for larger projects. The grants and scholarships we offer include:

  • Student Research Grant (SRG): May fund travel and lodging to conduct research in the field (includes artistic projects like photography or dance), the cost of research materials, and/or travel/lodging and conference fees for conferences at which the applicant is making a presentation. Offered every fall, spring and summer semester. Up to $500.
  • Professional Development Grant (PDG): May fund travel/lodging and fees for job interviews, auditions, clinicals, mock trials, unpaid internships, conferences at which the applicant is not making a presentation, and other professional development travel or related expenses. May not fund expenses eligible for the SRG. Offered every fall, spring and summer semester. Up to $500.
  • New Mexico Research Grant (NMRG): May fund travel, lodging, supplies, and other costs related to field research. Projects with a New Mexico state agency, nonprofit or community organization require a letter of recommendation from a representative of the organization, and are eligible for up to $5000 (High Priority). Other research projects are eligible for up to $3000 (General Priority). Offered during fall semester only.
  • Graduate Scholarship Fund (GSF): In addition to our grants, each fall and spring semester we offer the Graduate Scholarship Fund (GSF) - a $1,000, need-based scholarship for students within three semesters of graduation.
  • Graduate Summer Scholarship (GSS): An Up-to $1,000 merit and need based scholarship designed to help support students who are nearing the end of their academic programs and taking Summer classes in order to expedite their program’s completion. Graduate and professional students in good standing (3.0 GPA or higher) and within 24 credit hours of graduating are eligible for the scholarship.

Fall Deadlines

The Fall Grant Cycle opens on Monday, September 5th and will close on September 30th at midnight. Late applications will not be accepted.

Applying

All grants must be applied for online, during an open Grant Cycle in the fall, spring, or summer semester. Dates and deadlines for these cycles are posted on the available grants page. To apply, please visit the individual grant's page for a list of requirements and application materials. All users must create a user account before applying if they have not already done so.

Grant Reading

All GPSA grants and scholarships are read and scored by fellow graduate students. All enrolled, degree-seeking graduate students are eligible to become readers. For reading 13-16 grants, readers receive a $50 stipend. If you are interested in becoming a reader, please visit the grant reader page for more info about signing up. This is a great way to learn about our grants process, hone your own grant writing skills, and get involved with GPSA.

Questions

If you have questions, please view our Common Question page and/or email us at gpsafunding@unm.edu. Please also feel free to call the GPSA office at (505) 277-3803 or visit us in person at the GPSA office, located in the lower level of the SUB, room 1021.