DSC Grants are intended to support cultural events, conferences, performances, professional development activities, publications, seminars, and other projects organized by students from program standing or ad-hoc committees, Chartered Organizations, or ad-hoc groups not necessarily associated with programs or Chartered Organizations. The event must be free and open—though not restricted to—all Graduate Center students.

The DSC does not provide grants for conference travel and research. Grants for conference presentations are administered solely by the Office of Student Affairs in room 7301.

Priority is given to applications that are interdisciplinary in nature and to programs, disciplines, and areas of interest that have not received grant funds during the current fiscal year. For more information on elements that are considered by the Grants Committee in reviewing grant proposals, please see the Grants Committee’s review factors and questions. A copy of these can also be found at the bottom of this page.

In the files section at the bottom of this page, you can find six exceptional grant proposals that were funded by the DSC. These can serve as excellent models for your own proposal. Other examples of projects supported through the DSC Grants include:

  • Situations Journal (Sociology Students)
  • “Catharsis and Projection: Dolls and Non-Oedipal Psychologies” (3Text Studio – Chartered Org)
  • Children in Context Speakers Series (Psychology Students)
  • Purposeful Pedagogy Conference (Urban Education Students)
  • Annual Graduate Student Conferences (sciences, humanities, social sciences, engineering, business)
  • Workshops on aspects of professional development such as public speaking, teaching, resume writing, job searches, grant writing, etc.
  • Publications of conference proceedings, student research activities, or research findings

If your group will be organizing an event that involves looking for hotels near the Graduate Center, one of our Grantees has compiled the list attached below.

Maximum Award Amount

The maximum award amount for 2016-2017 is of $650. Applications for awards above that amount will be considered in extraordinary circumstances to be described in the application itself.

Requirements

  • The deadlines for regular grant applications are 11:59 p.m. on the 3rd Friday of September, October, November, January, and March:
    • September 15, 2017 (meeting: TBD)
    • October 20, 2017 (meeting: TBD)
    • November 17, 2017 (meeting: TBD)
    • January 19, 2018 (meeting: TBD)
    • March 16, 2018 (meeting: TBD)
  • Grant-funded activities may not take place before the first committee meeting at which the application is discussed, with the exception of the September deadline in which any events since July 1 of that year may be considered.
  • No monies may be spent on alcohol.
  • All grant-funded activities must be publicized at least 10 business days in advance and state DSC sponsorship. Principal Investigators must send any updated information to the Officer for Funding within 7 calendar days of the award date. The Grants Committee’s list of media and methods that are deemed sufficient for public notice is available at http://cunydsc.org/grants/publicity. A copy of the DSC logo for advertising purposes can be downloaded below.
  • All events must be free and open to all GC students.

Submit a Regular Grant Application

Before submitting your request, you will need have a line-item budget prepared and mock publicity drafted indicating DSC sponsorship. You must also login or register to create, edit, and track your request.

Start-Up Grants

Start-up Grants are available for projects and events that have no other funding. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and undergo expedited review. Students from the same Chartered Organization, or ad-hoc group shall not receive more than one start-up grant each fiscal year, and start-up grant funds may not be used for alcohol or printing, with the exception of print journals. The maximum award amount for start-up grants for 2016-2017 is $200. Start-up grant activities must be publicized three business days in advance. The Grants Committee’s list of media and methods that are deemed sufficient for public notice is available at http://cunydsc.org/grants/publicity.

Submit a Start-Up Grant Application

Before submitting your request, you will need have a line-item budget prepared and mock publicity drafted indicating DSC sponsorship. You must also login or register to create, edit, and track your request.

Claiming Funds

Awarded funds can only be claimed via reimbursement through check request. All requests must be accompanied by original receipts. (On the “Organization type” line, indicate Grant, and on the “Purpose” line, indicate the name of event/project.

Appeal

Principal investigators may appeal decisions of the Grants Committee regarding their own applications. An appeal must be submitted in writing to a member of the Steering Committee within 20 business days of the decision. A decision may be overturned and funds awarded by a two-thirds majority vote of the Steering Committee.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no guarantee that funding allocated to a specific initiative will be allocated at all or in the same amount the following year nor is there any guarantee of full or partial funding for any proposal. Organizers are encouraged to also look for sponsoring from additional sources.

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