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 summer, fall, and spring semester we offer the Graduate Scholarship Fund (GSF) - a $1,000, need-based scholarship to help graduate students offset the cost of tuition, books, and fees.

Summer 2019 cycle

The Summer 2019 Cycle will open on Friday, May 31, 2019 and will close on June 14, 2019 at 12:00pm (noon). The GPSA will offer the Student Research Grant, Professional Development Grant and Graduate Scholarship Fund during the Summer 2019 Cycle. Information regarding the available grants for the Summer 2019 Cycle are posted on the open grants page. Please visit the individual grant's page for a list of requirements and application materials.



All grants must be applied online, during an open Grant Cycle during the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester. Dates and deadlines for these cycles are posted on the open 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. There will be several applicant trainings, more information about which can be found here

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 16-19 grants, readers receive a $50 stipend. If you are interested in becoming a reader, please visit the grant reader page for more information about signing up. This is a great way to learn about our grants process, hone your grant writing skills, and get involved with the GPSA.


If you have questions, please view our Common Questions page and/or send an email to gpsafunding@unm.edu