If you are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19, you are encouraged to assess your eligibility for federal support and also to contact Student Financial Support, as the GSA has made additional supplementary funding for graduate students available through this office.


The Graduate Students' Association offers four types of funding to support graduate students during their degree programs.

Please Note: Funding for the below is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis and as per GSA Policy "If all available funds have been expended in the specific period, no additional applications will be accepted during that period".

  • GSA Academic Travel Grants: Accepting Applications***
    • Funding to allow students to participate in academic activities such as conferences. If your event has moved to an online format, you may be eligible to receive funding to offset the cost of registration or other expenses. Please direct questions to
    • ***In accordance with a travel directive issued by the University of Alberta on 7 March 2020, the Graduate Students' Association will not offer funding for travel that does not align with the Alberta Health Services guidelines until further notice. This decision will be revisited when the University changes its directives concerning travel. Those with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact the GSA at
    If you are unable to attend the event for which you received GSA Academic Travel Grant funding, or received funds in excess of the amount you were originally approved for, please notify the GSA.

Working with U of A Payroll Operations, the GSA uses direct deposit for Child Care Grants and Academic Travel Grants.


In order to receive funds you must be already enrolled in direct deposit and have granted consent to view your T4/T4A receipts online.

  1. Enroll in direct deposit by visiting and clicking on "Add Direct Deposit".
  3. Grant your consent to view and print T4/T4A receipts online by visiting and clicking on "Granting Consent."

For other sources of funding, please click here.