Green and Gold Student Leadership and Professional Development Grant


Temporary Program Changes:
The Green and Gold Student Leadership and Professional Development Grant is currently accepting applications for activities being offered in-person and remotely through distance technology. The grant is only accepting in-person applications for activities occurring within Alberta. If your activity is occurring outside of Alberta, the application would only be considered for funding if the activity is done remotely. Funding may be restricted based on the University of Alberta's COVID-19 Travel Directive. This means that funding for travel-related activities may be rescinded in advance of the activity if travel is still restricted.

We encourage you to consider online and local activities. Check with activity organizers if they are arranging an alternative delivery format.

Notice of Limited Funding:
This program has limited funding and not all applications will be approved.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadline Date of Activity Applications
August 1 October - December Closed
November 1 January - March Closed
February 1 April - June Closed
May 1 July - September Closed

Please note: We will consider cases where physical assets are needed until travel is allowed to the activity destination by the U of A and/or students have adequate access to resources on campus (ie. computers, labs, libraries, internet). This will be reevaluated for each application deadline.

Students will be notified of the decision to approve or deny their application approximately eight weeks after the relevant deadline.

Please review the following factors before applying:

  • Applications for each deadline will open two months in advance.
  • Students must apply for the deadline in which their activity falls. Late applications will be ineligible. Early application submissions will not be considered until the appropriate deadline.
  • Applications between program years will not be accepted. For example, a student participating in an activity in October cannot apply until the August 1 deadline.
  • Applications must be received before the proposed activity has occurred. Retroactive applications are not permitted.

Learn more about how to apply.

Program Overview

The purpose of the Green and Gold Student Leadership and Professional Development Grant (Green and Gold Grant) is to help U of A students become leaders in their profession following graduation. The Green and Gold Grant funds up to 80% of the total cost of an activity, to a maximum of $1,500.

Program Outcomes

This grant provides funding to participate in high impact professional development activities that will help students:

  • Expand and develop leadership and employability skills.
  • Explore future career opportunities.
  • Learn about professional practices in different cultures and contexts.
  • Establish networks vital to professional practice and advancement.
  • Reflect critically on their career interests and aspirations.
Employability skills examples

Employability skills – skills directly related to obtaining and maintaining a job – include:

  • Career management skills (i.e., skills required to navigate the world of work)
  • Discipline-specific skills (i.e., skills specific to certain occupations or fields)
  • Generic skills (i.e., skills that are transferable to different situations, such as using technology, written and verbal communication, teamwork, problem-solving, self-management skills)
  • Self-management skills (e.g. values, abilities, interests, time management, goal setting, perseverance)

Program Details

Who can apply

All current full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students with at least satisfactory academic standing. Students must be registered at the University of Alberta at the time of application and when they participate in the proposed activity.

Students are eligible to receive only one grant during each degree program. Group applications are not accepted.

Selection criteria

Applications are assessed by the Green and Gold Grant Adjudication Committee. Applications are considered based on their individual merit and quality. Criteria central to the review process are:

  • purpose and value of the activity and explanation of leadership and professional development,
  • applicant's role in the activity (i.e. attendee, participant, volunteer) and level of involvement,
  • quality of the application package (i.e. level of detail, clear and concise writing, persuasive and logical explanations)
  • commitment and fiscal responsibility (i.e. planning completed in advance, effort to minimize overall costs)
Eligible activities

Types of activities eligible for funding include, but are not restricted to:

  • leadership conferences and seminars,
  • skill-building workshops,
  • meetings and events hosted by professional associations, and
  • experiential learning activities.
Ineligible activities

Certain activities are not eligible for the Green and Gold Grant. These include, but are not restricted to:

  • Academic conferences where the primary purpose for attending is to present research.
  • Activities organized by student groups (e.g., speakers fees, catering for participants).
  • Research-related travel.
  • Activities for which applicants will also receive academic credit or lead to accreditation or licensure.
  • Work experience placements, whether paid or unpaid (e.g. internship, practicum).
  • Any activity where you will be paid for your participation.
Adjudication Committee
  • Two full-time academic staff members, one from a professional program Faculty and one from a general program Faculty, appointed by the Dean of Students (or designate).
  • Four undergraduate students, two designated by the Students' Union and two undergraduate students at large appointed by the Dean of Students (or designate).
  • Four graduate students, two designated by the Graduate Students' Association and two graduate students at large appointed by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (or designate).
  • Two student affairs professionals appointed by the Dean of Students (or designate).