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.