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. Graduate Student Assistantship Collective Agreement

    Pre-Bargaining Session – September 26, 2017

    As you might already know the GSA will be entering negotiations this fall with the University for the next Graduate Student Assistantship Collective Agreement. As such, the GSA Labour Relations Committee (GSA LRC) has been at work over the summer to review the current Collective Agreement and discuss possible asks. 
    The GSA now invites Academically-Employed Graduate Students (Graduate Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, Graduate Research Assistantship Fellowship holders, and Short Term Academically Employed graduate students) to attend an information session to review the work of the GSA LRC and get your feedback as we develop an opening position.

       September 26, 2017 at 10 AM

       1-16 Triffo Hall

    Please RSVP here if you would like to attend this session. RSVPs are appreciated but not required.

  2. Changes to the Supplementary Bursary Application System

    The Office of the Registrar is currently in the process of developing a new online application tool for the needs-based funding programs which will replace the current Supplementary Bursary application system.

    The old Supplementary Bursary application will be unavailable while the new tool is being developed; therefore, Supplementary Bursaries will not be available to students until the new tool has launched, in Fall 2017.

    The Office of the Registrar will provide information when they have further details about the new application tool launch date.

    For updates please check the Bursaries webpage or contact Student Financial Support at 492-1833.

  3. GSA Health and Dental Plan

    Change-of-Coverage Period - September 1 - 25, 2017

    All full-time registered graduate students are automatically enrolled commencing in September 2017. Part-time students can choose to opt-in and dependents can be enrolled during the change-of-coverage period:
    Friday, September 1, 2017 to Monday, September 25, 2017

    If you have any questions about the GSA Health and Dental plan, please visit the Studentcare office in SUB 6-14 or phone 1-866-795-4430.

  4. Welcome

    Welcome to the 2017 Fall Term!

    Welcome (and welcome back) to the U of A! As a graduate student, you are a member of the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), which is a student led organization. The GSA is your voice to university administration, the Board of Governors, and the Government of Alberta. 

    Meet your student leaders.

    Don’t forget to take advantage of the many services the GSA offers. You can learn more on our website! Also watch the GSA Newsletter for upcoming social events, which will give you an opportunity to engage with fellow graduate students and your elected student leaders. 

    Please don’t hesitate to visit the GSA in Triffo Hall. We are here to answer your questions, hear your suggestions and priorities, and provide you with support.

  5. 2017 Government of Alberta Graduate Citizenship Award

    Applications Now Open - DEADLINE - Monday, October 16, 2017 at 4 PM

    Each year the Government of Alberta recognizes graduate student who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and leadership to fellow students and/or Alberta communities through public service and volunteer activities.

    Graduate students may be eligible for one of twenty Graduate Citizenship Awards allocated to the University of Alberta valued at $2,000 each.

    Deadline to receive complete application packages at the GSA Office (1-49 Triffo Hall) or via email is Monday, October 16, 2017, at 4:00 PM MST. Applications WILL NOT be accepted after this time.

    Please click here for more information.

  6. FGSR Graduate Teaching and Learning Week (GTL)

    Attend these free teaching sessions hosted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Sessions are open to the entire UAlberta campus community twice a year, in May and August/September.

    The next sessions will run from Aug. 28 - Sept. 14, 2017.

    For more information, please click here.

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Upcoming GSA Events, Meetings,
and Elections

  1. October GSA Council Meeting

    October 23, 2017 Starting Time: 6:00 PM Location: 2-100 University Hall, Van Vliet Complex

  2. November GSA Council Meeting

    November 20, 2017 Starting Time: 6:00 PM Location: 2-100 University Hall, Van Vliet Complex

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