General Information

One of the most important services the GPSA offers for UNLV graduate and professional students is the allocation of funds for graduate and professional research, conference/event travel, and other scholarly activities. This service is intended to provide support for projects that directly affect a student's degree program as well as make a contribution to the scholar's field.

Applicants are eligible for up to 3 research and/or travel sponsorship awards per academic year (fall to summer semester) and may submit only one application for each sponsorship cycle.

The annual maximum amount any student may be awarded is $1,250.00.

Applicants should understand that this is a competitive application process. Students submitting funding requests should stringently follow the application components to ensure equitable footing. Incomplete or erroneously compiled applications will automatically be disqualified from the request pool. No incomplete applications will be accepted.

Notification letters for all sponsorship applications, both regular cycle and emergency, will be sent out within 4-5 weeks after submission deadline. No information regarding an application's status is available before that date. We thank you in advance for your patience.

For more information please contact Sidath Kapukotuwa, GPSA Vice President and Chair of the Sponsorship Committee, and/or GPSA Manager.

Sponsorship Deadlines and Cycle Dates

All applications will need to be submitted online via Qualtrics. We recommend reviewing the instructions and information for the cycle you will be applying for. Use the checklist in each instruction sheet as a guide to ensure a complete application. Gather the materials ahead of time, then proceed to the online application to submit.

All applications are due at 11:59 PM (PST) on the day of the deadline. 

For research or conference/event travel during the academic year, application deadlines are as follows:

  • September 15th for activity start dates occurring in November, December, and January.
  • November 15th for activity start dates occurring in February, March, and April.
  • March 15th for activity start dates occurring in May, June, and July.
  • June 15th for activity start dates occurring in August, September, and October.

Application, Instructions & Information


Conference/Event/Research Travel Application –Regular Cycle

Use this application when requesting funds for travel to a conference/event or other venue where you will present your scholarly work.

Research Application – Regular Cycle

Use this application when requesting funds for materials and other activities directly related to research.

Emergency Cycle

Use this application when requesting funds in situations where you were unable to apply during the regular sponsorship cycle. Additional information can be found on the “emergency sponsorship website”.

Modification Application / Guidelines

Use this application to modify an existing award if your travel or research plans have changed and you would like to request that your award be applied to a different scholarly activity. The new activity should occur during the same cycle for which the original sponsorship funding was awarded. Please submit your modification application to gpsa@unlv.edu.

Research Forum Requirement

A stipulation in receiving a GPSA sponsorship is that all recipients must present in the upcoming Graduate & Professional Student Research Forum.

Next year’s event is to be held Saturday, February 29, 2020.

The deadline to register for the annual GPSA Forum will be announced as we get closer to the event. Please note- abstracts submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.