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Educational Leadership Graduate Student Association (ELGSA)

ELGSA is an association of graduate students in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis with the mission of advancing the professional practice of graduate students in the field. Learn more about ELGSA »

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Travel Awards

ELPA travel grant — This grant from the ELPA department will support travel for presenters, up to $1,000. There are three application cycles with deadlines of Oct. 1, Feb. 1, and May 1. Applications are found on the ELGSA “Org Sync” website.

ELGSA travel award — This grant is awarded by the student organization, ELGSA, and gives priority to students who are not presenting. Applications are found on the ELGSA “Org Sync” website.

Graduate Professional Council travel awards

Graduate Student Association travel grants


Research Grants

ELPA Graduate Research Grant

  • Will support up to $2,000 of research related expenses
  • There are three application cycles, with deadlines of:
    • Oct. 1
    • Feb.1
    • May 1
  • To get more details or apply for this grant, email elpa@missouri.edu and put “Attn: Scholarship Committee Chair” in the subject line.

Leadership Award

ELPA Student Leadership Award

  • Recognizes outstanding graduate student leaders who who serve local, campus or broader communities through leadership, service and/or scholarly activities
  • There are two awards:
    • One for students pursuing a master of education, master of arts or an education specialist degree in educational leadership and policy analysis
    • One for doctoral students in educational leadership and policy analysis
  • Application deadline: April 1 by 4 p.m.
  • To get more details or apply for this grant, email elpa@missouri.edu and put “Attn: Scholarship Committee Chair” in the subject line

Assistantships, Scholarships & Fellowships

ELPA Research Assistantships

ELPA provides four years of funding (monthly stipend and tuition remission) for full-time students who are hired by the department and remain in good standing. Graduate assistants are expected to work 20 hours per week in research apprenticeships with faculty. A very limited number of teaching assistantships are available. Top candidates will be nominated for graduate school fellowships, which provide up to $10,000 a year in additional funding.

To receive full consideration for a departmental graduate assistantship in the following academic year, you should submit your application by Jan. 15 (e.g., submit Jan. 15, 2016 for an assistantship in 2016-17). Apply by completing the assistantship application.

Graduate Assistantship Recruitment Process (GARP)

GARP is designed to help students who have been accepted into the ELPA higher education program find graduate assistantships, which provide financial support and an experiential educational opportunity. Assistantship opportunities are available in a diverse array of academic and student affairs offices at the University of Missouri and neighboring colleges.

For full consideration for an administrative/student affairs graduate assistantships and/or ELPA research assistantships for the following fall semester, submit applications by Jan. 15.


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