The Graduate Student Association (GSA) decided in the Spring 2013 semester to establish a new award, the Mini-Grant. The purpose of the Mini-Grant is to provide graduate students assistance in professional development.
The Mini-Grant allows graduate students to apply for a maximum of $150 over their course of their time at Emerson. For example, a graduate student could apply for $100 now, and could still be eligible to apply for $50 at a later date. Mini-Grants are useful in attending local professional development events or in covering the cost of event conference fees. Students who are seeking more than $150 should apply for a Professional Development Grant (PDG). If a student is awarded a mini-grant and has not received a Professional Development Grant, they will be eligible to apply for a Professional Development Grant in the future. Likewise, students who have received a Professional Development Grant in the past can apply for a Mini-Grant.
Students can apply for Mini-Grants by using the application form found on the Professional Development Grant site. The Graduate Student Association holds the right to approve or deny the request for Mini-Grant funds.
Mini-Grants generally follow the same guidelines and restrictions as Professional Development Grants. Students should carefully read the Professional Development Grant Guidelines before applying for a Mini-Grant. The Mini-Grant has several restrictions that are unique to Professional Development Grants:
- Professional Development Grants that have already been awarded will not be retroactively turned into a Mini-Grant.
- Students can apply multiple times for a Mini-Grant, but the total of all reimbursements cannot exceed the $150 maximum.
- Students cannot combine Professional Development Grants and Mini-Grants for the same event.
Please note that the Graduate Student Association and the Office of Graduate Studies hold the right to cancel or alter the Mini-Grant at any time. If the Mini-Grant is cancelled, no further funding can come from the award.
Applying for a Mini-Grant
Students looking to apply for a Mini-Grant should complete the PDG Application. There is an option to say you are applying for a Mini-Grant in the application.
E-mail GSAInfo@emerson.edu with any questions.
for pdg/GSO applications
All PDG and GSO applications must be received at least three (3) weeks prior to the start date of the event.
Applications received without at least three weeks notice will not be funded.
During the Summer (April 30 - September 1, 2015), applications for events must be received at least five (5) weeks prior to the start date of the event. Applications received less than five weeks before the event will not be funded.