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Fund for Student Initiatives

Receive funding to aid your student organization efforts

Fund for Student Initiatives Fund for Student Initiatives

The Fund for Student Initiatives (FSI) is intended to encourage the formation of student-led organizations at GSPIA, and to promote professional development, leadership, intellectual stimulation, networking, and fun. The range of potential organizations is unlimited, but viable examples would include career-related clubs in areas such as these:

  • Defense and Intelligence

  • Diplomacy and Foreign Service

  • International Organizations

  • Nonprofit Management

  • Public Policy Themes

    • Environmental Policy

    • Human Rights Advocacy

    • Globalization and Development

  • National or Regional Focus

    • China

    • Middle East

    • Europe

    • Africa

Other ideas for activities are welcome. Proposed organizations must be broad enough in scope to ensure the involvement of a good number of students.

If your organization was funded last year (all budgets expire December 15), it is eligible to be funded again, but you must reapply and go through the competitive process.

You may propose to allocate funds for guest speakers, film series, training workshops, luncheon debates, group recreational activities, or group trips to Washington for professional and academic development. Activities and events are expected to revolve around your group, but must be open to all interested GSPIA students. Ideal proposals will project a variety of disparate activities.

The GSPIA Student Cabinet will review the applications, evaluate the proposed activities and budgets, and rank the proposed organizations. Final decisions on funding will be made jointly by the Student Cabinet and the dean.