Graduate Resources

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) oversees the funding of graduate student organizations. Organizations must be officially recognized and have a representative at all GSG meetings to be considered for funding. Most funding is based upon the number of graduate students enrolled in a particular academic program. However, graduate student organizations may apply for additional funding by contacting the GSG office in the Tutor Campus Center 224.

Student organizations need to apply at least three weeks prior to the proposed event if the funding request is for less than $1,000 and five weeks prior to the proposed event if the request is for more than $1,000. Undergraduate organizations may also apply to GSG for funding if their activity/event directly impacts graduate students.

For more information, please contact the GSG Finance Chair at gsgfund@usc.edu or visit the GSG website. Please note that reimbursements are an option, but must be approved prior to the expense being made. If you’re co-sponsoring an event with an undergraduate student organization, you may be eligible for undergraduate funding.

Joint Programming

An undergraduate academic organization may partner with a graduate academic organization to jointly hold an event or program.

Student organizations can receive a maximum of $2,500 per event from joint programming. In order to receive funding the student organization must be Recognized Student Organizations, be affiliated with an academic major or department, and have sponsorship from a graduate student organization. A GSG Budget Proposal Form must be submitted at least three weeks in advance of the proposed event. A line item budget must also be included with the budget form.

Volunteer

These funds are available to individuals and organizations organizing community-oriented, volunteer, and philanthropic events and programs. These funds are not meant to be used as a contribution to fundraising campaigns or events.

In order to receive funding, the individual or student organization must have sponsorship from a graduate student organization. A GSG Budget Proposal Form must be submitted at least three weeks in advance of the proposed event. A line item budget must also be included with the budget form.

Discretionary

These funds are available for events which do not fall into the other two categories. Organizations seeking funds are required to justify expenditures according to relevance for graduate and professional students on a case by case basis.

In order to receive funding, the student organization must be officially recognized and the organization must have sponsorship from a graduate student organization. A GSG Budget Proposal Form must be submitted at least three weeks in advance of the proposed event. A line item budget must also be included with the budget form.