Welcome to the Graduate Students’ Association of the University of Calgary!

The GSA represents the collective voice of University of Calgary graduate students at the UCalgary and to all levels of government. The GSA supports UCalgary graduate students to succeed academically and socially through valued programs and services and responsive communication channels. 


Health & Dental

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Financial Support

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Important Dates and Events

  • GSA Awards' Intake Period: January 16 to 31, 2023
  • Update on the Blackout period for new Graduate students : The majority of the students and new dependants should now be active. This includes new and returning students. Some additional processing time is still required for more complex changes, so in the case where there is a benefit change for returning student those will be active early next week. An example that would fall in this category is someone who had only dental last year, but now has health & dental.

    An update for that will be provided soon.

  • Mental Health and Wellness Resources for Graduate Students 
  • Are you a teaching assistant? Learn more about UCalgary's Teaching Assistance Resources from Taylor Institute here. Resources are updated monthly.
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Financial Support

If you are in need of extra fund for your student project, personal expenses, or academic endeavours, the GSA has you covered. Learn about our various financial support programs designed to ensure your success in graduate school.

  • Emergency Bursary - Open year-round
  • GSA Support Bursary - Open year-round
View details of GSA Financial Support

We'd like to hear from you!

Are you a TA this Fall? We want to hear from you!
As Graduate Teaching Assistants (GATs) plan for the Fall semester, we would like to hear from you your concerns so that we may better advocate on your behalf. 
Complete our survey before Sept. 10: Click here to go to survey

Thesis Talk Thursday
Read exciting research stories from your fellow #UCalgaryGradStudents every Thursday here: gsa.ucalgary.ca/thesis-talk

Mental Health Support: Empower Me program by StudentCare

As a student covered by the GSA Health Plan, you're entitled to sessions delivered in person, by telephone, by video-counselling, or by e-counselling.

Call 1-833-628-5589 to be connected right away or to be matched with a counsellor, consultant, or life coach on a variety of issues. You can also connect with Empower Me through the EAP Optima mobile app, available for download from the App Store and Google Play.  To create your account on the app, use this access code: 45295QG40

Find more information about the Empower Me Service at the Empower Me website or the FAQ

Empower Me

Volunteer with the GSA

The GSA offers many opportunities to volunteer. Expand your resume and become involved in the graduate student community.
View current volunteer opportunities here: Current Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Recruitment Program

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Get to know Your 2022-2023 GSA Board of Directors

Saaka Sulemana Saaka

Vice President

James Steele

Vice President
Student Life

Masume Akbari

Vice President
Finance & Services

Cameron Armstrong

Vice President

Alex Cameron

Learn about #UCalgaryGradStudents

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