GSG Grant Programs

The Graduate Student Government recognizes that a fundamental way in which it can support graduate students is through various grant/fellowship programs to promote research, travel, and graduate life. We are always interested in feedback on our grant programs, to ensure they are meeting the needs of Mines graduate students. Please contact a GSG Council Member if you have ideas for new grant programs or improvements to existing grant programs.


The GSG provides two tiers of travel support, covering meeting attendance as well as presenting at conferences. Grants may be combined for use at a single event, and an additional $250 is available for attending or presenting at international conferences. Acceptance of a GSG travel grant requires completion of a Conference Report within 30 days of travel.  Conference reports may be in a variety of formats and should be emailed directly to the GSG Treasurer. The conference report consists of a 250 word description of the attendee’s experience as well as three photos from the trip, one of which must show the applicant presenting their material if awarded the presenter grant. Alternatively, awardees may post a photo of their poster/presentation/travel in general on social media, tagging and thanking GSG for the grant. Thirdly, the report can be a brief (5 min) video of the awardee presenting their poster/topic and describing their experience.  If interested in applying, please complete the Travel Grant Application. Travel grants are reviewed on the first of each month.  The total amount of travel grant funding available per semester is determined by the GSG Council.  Once these funds are exhausted, no further travel grants will be approved without additional appropriations by the GSG Council.  Contact the GSG Treasurer Rami Abousleiman at with questions.

Meeting Attendee Travel Grant ($200)

Graduate students are eligible to receive one Meeting Attendee Travel Grant per degree program (e.g. MS or Ph.D.), and the funds may be applied toward attending or presenting at a conference or professional meeting. Students may apply for grants at any point in the academic year.

Presenter Travel Grant ($500)

Graduate students are eligible to receive one GSG Presenter Travel Grant per degree program (e.g. MS or Ph.D.), and the funds may be applied only toward presenting at a conference or professional meeting. Students may apply for grants at any point in the academic year.

Please Note: Each type of grant will only be awarded once per degree program. Before you apply, please be sure you will attend the conference/meeting for which you plan to apply the grant to.

Family Assistance Grant ($1000 / semester)

The Family Assistance Grant is intended to help defray the costs of child care services for graduate students attending Colorado School of Mines with children.  This grant is funded by the Graduate Student Government (GSG).  Grant awards through this program are made semi-annually (Fall and Spring semester disbursement only).  Currently, the amount of the award is $1,000/semester, for a total of $2,000 per academic year.

Please click here for the online application form.

Download detailed parameters for the GSG Family Assistance Grant

GSG Lecture Series Grant ($1,500 maximum)

The Colorado School of Mines GSG is committed to supporting opportunities that better the academic graduate experience, including on-campus academic programming.  To apply for funding from the Graduate Student Government, the proposed lecture should benefit and enhance CSM graduate research.  Requests will be evaluated on an individual basis, and emphasis will be given to initiatives that (1) reach the most graduate students; (2) further the research experience or opportunities of graduate students; and (3) promote CSM’s Institutional Values and Principles for graduate education. Overall, grants will be awarded for lectures which reach multiple research groups within the campus.

The Lecture Series Grant application requires authorization from both the GSG Department Representative and your local Department Head. Applications can be found here. Completed applications may be scanned and emailed to the GSG Treasurer (Rami Abousleiman, or the applicant may present their application in person at the next GSG Council meeting.  Applications will be considered by the GSG Council, and applicants will be notified within three (3) weeks of the Council’s decision.  In submitting an application, the submitter agrees to work with the department to secure all travel arrangements for the presenter and take responsibility for room reservations, catering, marketing, and any other activities required to organize and present the lecture.


OGS Graduate Continuance Fellowship

Statement of Purpose: Colorado School of Mines graduate students, in thesis-based degree programs, are often funded by teaching and research assistantships that include a stipend and typically cover the cost of tuition, fees and health insurance. At times, a funding source may suddenly be eliminated or prove to be insufficient to cover the student through the end of their studies. If the student or advisor have no other financial resources available, the student may not be able to continue their studies. The purpose of this grant program is to provide last resort assistance for graduate students in such cases.

The Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) provides a one-time fellowship as “completion” support, for thesis-based students who are in their final semester. Depending on availability of funds, the continuance fellowship is designed to cover up to one semester of tuition, fees, and individual health insurance. Students who are awarded a Graduate Continuance Fellowship are not eligible to apply for the fellowship again within their current degree program. Applications for completion funding are accepted for fall, spring, and summer.

To apply or to find additional information, please click here