Biomedical Graduate Student Association (BGSA)

Funding Overview

BGSA wants to make planning and funding your event(s) as easy as possible! Please take a quick look over this page to see what type of funding opportunity is right for you.

Feel free to contact the BGSA Finance Chair ( with any questions.

Applying for BGSA Funding

This section explains the three sources of funding: Merit, Discretionary (Subgroup), and GAP Funding. 

Merit Funding

Requirement: Events are open and of interest to all BGS students.

  • If your funding request is more than $250, it needs to be approved by a general assembly vote. Submit your request here 7 days before the next general assembly meeting (which is the first Monday of very month).
    • You must attend the following GA meeting to present the request before it will be voted on by the BGSA student body. Please consult the Merit Request Guide when forming your request.
  • If your funding request is $250 or less, it will be voted on by the BGSA Executive Board. Please submit your request here.

Discretionary Funding

Requirement: Events that are of primary interest to a specific graduate group (e.g. CAMB, IGG, Pharmacology, etc).

  • Email your program reps with an event description and total requested budget.  
  • Before approving an event for discretionary funding, program reps will contact to make sure that there is enough money in the specific graduate group's discretionary account to fund the event.
  • Program reps will then coordinate with the BGSA Finance Chair on your behalf to acquire and allocate funding for your event (does not have to be approved by BGSA student body). 

GAP Funding

Requirement: Events that are of interest to BGS students IN ADDITION to students in other schools at Penn (e.g. Wharton, Dental, Vet, Education, etc). To apply for GAP Funding click here.

To explore other funding opportunities through GAPSA click here

After you have approval for your event(s) please see these two resources for help with purchase orders or reimbursements.  

For a printable PDF version of this guide click here

Details about Merit and Discretionary funding mechanisms are described in the BGSA Constitution.

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