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Research Grant Program

Program Overview: The Graduate Student Association offers this merit-based grant program allowing graduate students the opportunity to compete for monetary support for their research and scholarly projects. It is our goal to provide funding opportunities that encompass a wide range of scholarly activities of graduate students from a breadth of disciplines. The Graduate Student Association has a pool of $25,000 for grant funding, and will award as many grants as possible, up to $2,500 per student. A panel of judges from multiple academic departments will evaluate the grant proposals.

Eligibility: Applicants for this award must be registered, full-time graduate students (9 credits or 6 credits with an assistantship) in good academic standing at the time of application. Members of the GSA Executive Council and Awards Committee, and persons involved with the judging process of any GSA awards, are ineligible to apply. Awards will be made for the 2016-2017 academic year, and will be available beginning in August 2016. 

Applicants must be enrolled for the fall 2016 semester in order to receive the scholarship.

Application Instructions: Please submit one copy of your application packet to the GSA Office (JCSU 302, Mail Stop 0057) Applications must be submitted to the GSA Office in hard copy. Emails or electronic submissions will not be accepted. Your application packet must include the following:

  • Completed six-page application
  • Letter of recommendation from advisor addressing the merits of the proposed project
  • Certificate of Protocol form, for research involving human subjects (NOTE: if your research has not yet been approved by the IRB, you may submit an unofficial copy of your Protocol Application; if you are granted an award, funds will not be released until you provide GSA with a final approved Certificate of Protocol.)

Funding Priorities: The Graduate Student Association will place priority on proposals that...

  • are of high quality, viable, and meritorious
  • have demonstrable, measurable outcomes
  • are financially feasible
  • have demonstrated the ability to meet project goals, budget, and timeline

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