GRS Fund

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is among the nation’s leading centers of research and scholarship in the sciences and humanities. Virginia Sapiro, the Dean of Arts & Sciences, is intent on promoting an environment that will equip graduate students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their future academic, corporate, and civic roles. She knows that the quality of the School’s students is intimately connected with the quality of its research, and that GRS must continue to attract the very best students from across the disciplines. This mandate creates a need for more support for deserving students through teaching and research fellowships and awards to offset housing costs, as well as state-of-the-art laboratory technology and funding for the many special academic programs that set GRS apart from other institutions.

Programs and activities supported by the GRS Fund

Your participation is vital to the School’s ongoing academic excellence. Please make your gift to the GRS Fund today.

Research/academic conferences

  • Leveraging government grants with additional resources to enhance grant-funded projects and expand the number of students who benefit
  • Expanding the Graduate Research Abroad Fellowships program to fund travel and research expenses for graduate students
  • Hosting international conferences that advance knowledge in related disciplines and reiterate the caliber of the research and scholarship at this institution

Recruiting the best students

  • Expanding the amount of financial aid available to assist departments in attracting the best students in a very competitive environment

Enhancing student life

  • Increasing graduate stipends so that students are able to devote more energy to their work and less to making ends meet in a very expensive urban center
  • Supporting Women in Biology, a group of graduate students in the fields of biology, biomedical engineering, and bioinformatics who encourage interaction between female faculty and students and share career advice and experiences

Facility improvements

  • Keeping Boston University competitive by providing faculty and students with the most up-to-date technology in classrooms, such as network access and digital projectors, as well as outfitting labs with state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation

Departmental priorities

  • Gifts to the GRS Fund are used by Dean Sapiro to underwrite important School-wide priorities such as those listed above and to assist particular graduate programs and departments that advance these priorities. However, you may indicate a preference that your gift be designated for a particular academic department by noting that department when you make a contribution.

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences offers the opportunity to join one of its Annual Fund Leadership Giving Societies. Information can be found at There are currently more than 200 Leadership Giving Society members from the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and we hope to double that number.