Welcome to the Graduate Students' Association of the University of Alberta!

The Graduate Students' Association (GSA) is established under Alberta's Post-Secondary Learning Act as the representative body for graduate students at the University of Alberta.

The GSA is a student-led, not-for-profit corporation, with a mission to advocate for support for graduate students, negotiate a Collective Agreement for graduate students holding assistantships, foster student engagement, and to support the academic achievements of its members.

All graduate students at the U of A are automatically members of the GSA, with the right to vote in elections (and run for office!), and serve on committees. Check out the links to the left to learn more about the GSA, the Directly-Elected Officers who represent graduate students, and all the ways to get involved.

If you have any questions, email, or drop by and visit us in Triffo Hall!


News, Opportunities, and Announcements

  1. Reduced Supplementary Bursary Application Period

    July 1 - July 15, 2017

    The next application period for the Supplementary Bursary Program will begin on Saturday July 1st and close on Saturday, July 15th. Students are who registered in Summer 2017 session classes may be eligible to apply.

    For more information about eligibility, please click here.

  2. Bill 7

    Bill 7 Information Sessions

    As you might know and as we have previously communicated to you, in April the government approved Bill 7, which introduced changes to the Labour Relations Code and the Post-Secondary Learning Act. These changes affect the GSA in its role of negotiating the Graduate Student Assistantship Collective Agreement. Bill 7 can be found in full here.

    Over the past months, the GSA has been engaged in discussion with the government and the GSA's lawyers to gain a better understanding of these changes. To inform graduate students on Bill 7, the GSA has planned two information sessions to review the changes implemented by Bill 7 and to provide an overview of issues related to the Collective Agreement negotiations.

    Two information sessions have been scheduled: July 11, 2017 at 10 AM and July 24, 2017 at 1 PM. Both sessions will be held in 1-31 Triffo Hall. Please RSVP here if you would like to attend one of these sessions. RSVPs are appreciated but not required.

  3. Peer Program

    International Student Services Peer Program Seeks Graduate Student Volunteers

    Did you know that you can make lasting connections and gain valuable leadership experience by volunteering with the Peer Program?

    The Peer Program matches graduate/undergraduate student volunteers (Senior Peers) with new international students, forming a mentorship relationship that continues throughout the year.

    Senior Peers are matched with students who share common characteristics. Factors such as level of study, faculty/department, and common interests are considered when matching students. Senior Peer students gain student leadership, event planning, and intercultural communication competencies.  

    Apply now by clicking here.

    If you have any questions about the Peer Program, please email:

  4. Studentcare

    Studentcare Health and Dental Plan Office - Summer Hours Began May 23, 2017

    The Studentcare Health and Dental Plan Office (6-14 SUB) is now open Monday to Thursday from 10 AM to 3 PM.

  5. Board Strategic Work Plan

    Message from the GSA President Concerning the Board Strategic Work Plan 2017-2018

    Dear Fellow Graduate Students,

    The 2017-2018 GSA Directly-Elected Officers are working on developing the GSA Board’s Strategic Work Plan (SWP) for the year and are seeking input from graduate students to help inform the development of the Board SWP and your graduate student group’s advocacy priorities.

    You can submit your feedback electronically before June 15, 2017:

    The full 2016-2017 SWP can be found here. Some of its key areas of focus included:

    Advocating for the development of a supervisory training program for both incoming students and supervisors, and the development of an accountability structure to reward quality supervision while creating incentives to improve poor supervision.

    Advocating for consistent, predictable, and sufficient funding which affects student health and wellness, the ability to conduct quality research, and their experience at the U of A.

    Working with the University on compliance, education, and dispute resolution associated with the Collective Agreement governing graduate student assistantships.

    Increasing and diversifying professional development and internship opportunities through collaboration with the FGSR and other parties.

    Commitment to meaningful engagement and advocacy on issues of graduate student tuition and fees.

  6. Student Success Centre Workshops

    Spring/Summer Workshops from the Student Success Centre

    The Student Success Centre (SSC) is pleased to announce the following learning opportunities for graduate students seeking to improve their writing, reading, and project management skills over the spring and summer months.

    For more information, please click here.

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Upcoming GSA Events, Meetings,
and Elections

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