Notes (as of 11/15/17):
Round 2 (11/15/17-12/14/17) applications for SGEF, Green Leaf, and Synergy are OPEN.
2017-18 rolling applications are open for Academic Events, GAP, and Discretionary funding.
The application for Empowerment Funding CLOSED 11/14/17. Applicant interviews will be scheduled over the next two weeks.
Round 1 (9/15/17-10/14/17) award decisions for SGEF, Green Leaf, and Synergy funding are available here. Discretionary Fund awards are pending vote by the General Assembly in the next two weeks.
Group/event funding applications are consolidated in a universal application. You can also auto-refer your application to participating G12 schools for funding as well. (Currently, G12 auto-referral is available for SEAS-GSEG and Wharton-WGA).
Academic Events Funding (Research Council)
The Research Council provides funding for events that are primarily academic in nature. Some examples of academic events funded in the past are symposiums, workshops, small conferences, and academic discussions. Events that are primarily social in nature are not eligible for funding (happy hours, mixers, etc.).
Funding is competitive and entirely at the discretion of the Research Council. Your event can be funded in full, funded in part or not funded. If you wish to apply for funding please review the eligibility criteria and fill out the application below.
- Your event is open to all graduate and professional students at Penn. Not all spots at your event must be open to all GAPSA students, but at least some must be available.
- Your event must be advertised in the GAPSA weekly before registration closes.
- Your event must be primarily academic in nature.
- Your application must be endorsed by a GAPSA Research Council member. Please consult the GAPSA representatives page for contact information, and reach out to any research (R) representative.
Student Group Event Funding
GAPSA’s Finance Committee solicits applications from Penn student groups throughout the year and awards funding in the fall and spring semesters.
Varies (Average in FY14: $600 per initiative for successful applicants)
- Groups comprising predominantly graduate students are eligible.
- Student groups applying for funding must be registered in the University-wide student group database, G.O. Penn: http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/osa/gopenn.html
- Organizations that cater to larger student populations with memberships from a variety of Penn programs typically receive greater funding.
- Full eligibility requirements are found on the form, below.
Round 2 applications are OPEN 11/15/17-12/14/17.
Empowerment Fund (IDEAL Council)
The IDEAL Council is comprised of campus-wide affinity organizations. Funding for these student groups is available through the GAPSA Empowerment Fund.
GAP funding is reserved for events or initiatives that span multiple graduate schools. Funding is administered by the school governments.
Please contact your school government for more information or to apply.
The referral application is available at:
GAPSA General Assembly (GA) utilizes a discretionary fund to support academic and social enterprises and events that will benefit Penn's entire graduate student population. This is in place to reinforce GAPSA's mission to encourage students from all corners of the graduate student body to get together, learn together, and have fun together.
Varies (Average in FY13: $1350 per initiative for successful applicants)
- The endeavor should (a) improve graduate and professional student life at Penn and (b) be interdisciplinary.
- The Discretionary Fund process allows students and groups to appeal directly to the GA for funding. However, there is no guarantee that you will be able to present in front of the GA as the process is extremely competitive due to the high number of quality applications.
- It is suggested that this be used to predominantly supplement other monies.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
This fund aims to encourage the development of graduate student government organizations by incentivizing them to create greater connections across campus.
The Synergy Fund accepts applications from G12 organizations. To be eligible for this fund, an applicant must satisfy the following requirements:
- The group must submit current and previous fiscal year budget
- The group must be planning an event or funding series that brings together multiple graduate schools
Priority will be given to applications that are co-sponsored by two or more Graduate Student Governments, or by a Graduate Student Government and either a campus-wide affinity organization, the Graduate Student Center, or GAPSA.
Round 2 applications are OPEN 11/15/17-12/14/17.
Funding 101: Green Leaf Program
Looking to start a new student group? It's as easy as 1 - 2 - 3!
- Register at GO@Penn
In the application under Supplementary Information, tell us:
"New group seeking "Green Leaf" funding"
Questions? Reach out to us: firstname.lastname@example.org.