Graduate Assistants United (GAU)

URI's Graduate Assistant Chapter of the AAUP

GAU Grant Fund

Grant Fund Overview

The GAU Executive Committee has established the GAU Annual Grant Fund to support the growing financial needs of graduate assistants in their endeavor for excellence at the University of Rhode Island.

Funding is available for reimbursement of expenses directly related to the presentation papers or research, delivery of poster sessions, performance or exhibition of creative work, or other pursuits of a professional or academic nature. Funding awards are intended to help cover registration fees, travel, accommodations, the purchase or acquisition of necessary supplies or equipment, or other related expenses.

Awards must be used within six months of disbursal. The GAU executive committee reserves the right to withhold funds until any additional documentation requested by the GAU has been submitted and reviewed. For further information, please contact the GAU by phone at (401) 874-2826, or via email at .

How to Apply

Please read the detailed instructions in the Graduate-Assistants-United-Grant-Fund-Application-Packet for specific details regarding your application. Please include the following supporting information with your application:

  • Receipts for all itemized expenses (copies of receipts accepted)
  • Conference documentation that indicates you were present at the event you’re applying for funding for
  • Statement of purpose that briefly explains how your conference attendance is related to your graduate studies
  • GAU Grant Fund Application– Be sure to sign your application!

You must also notify the GAU of any additional sources from whom requests for funding have been or will be made, as well as the amounts awarded. Completed applications can be sent to the GAU office at 307 Roosevelt Hall, emailed to or faxed to (401) 874-5147.

If you have any trouble accessing the embedded excel spreadsheet in the application packet, you can download the excel spreadsheet ONLY here: GAU Grant Fund Application- Excel Spreadsheet Only.

Application Deadlines

Applications are awarded twice per year.

Fall Application Deadline: December 1

Spring Application Deadline: May 1

Funding for Future Events

Assistants may apply for funding for travel or events that have yet to occur however money will not be disbursed until after the event occurs and appropriate receipts and documentation are received by the GAU.


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