Global Studies Graduate Student Research Grant

The Ozmen Institute for Global Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, in collaboration with the Graduate School, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and the Office of the Provost have jointly provided and allocated special funds to enhance and promote international research activities for graduate students in different disciplines on campus. The grant program gives special consideration to interdisciplinary proposals which produce meaningful results that contribute to the research and outreach mission of the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies at the university.

The following types of projects will be considered for funding:

  • International research that requires travel abroad
  • International research conducted within the United States (e.g., at major U.S. research universities and/or organizations with an international focus)

Grant eligibility, deadlines and review

Learn about the projects graduate student award winners of the 2020 research grant are engaged in.

  • Eligibility

    Any currently registered UNR graduate student in the Masters or PhD programs and engaged in international research activities is eligible to apply for these funds. Graduate students can only apply for and receive one award per year. Although applicants may receive grants in consecutive years, those who have not previously received the graduate research award will have higher priority.

  • Funding amount and period of funding

    Proposals for a maximum award of $1,000 will be considered for funding. Projects will typically be funded for one year only and must be carried out within the 2021 fiscal year (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021). Any extension must be approved in advance by the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies. The funds cannot be used retroactively (i.e. for expenses incurred prior to the award).

  • Deadline and applying

    Grant proposals must be submitted and received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020. Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

    How to submit your application

    Applications must be submitted in a single e-mail with all supporting documentation attached.   Revisions or updates after an application has been submitted to the committee will not be accepted. Please e-mail the proposal text and other necessary supporting documents to Johnson Makoba, Chair of the Ozmen Institute committee on Global Studies Research Grants (makoba@unr.edu).

    Supporting documents should be included as attachments to the e-mail, in a standardized format such as Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) and as a one-time submission.

  • Proposal review process

    Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

    • What are academic/scientific merits of the project?
    • Does the proposal identify a meaningful result that contributes to the international strengths of the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies and the University of Nevada, Reno?
    • Is the proposal new and does it promise significant future development involving interdisciplinary international research?
    • Will the project have a significant impact toward the completion of the current degree program requirements at UNR and future professional development?
    • Does the proposal provide evidence of the long-term results of the project?
    • Does the Program Graduate Director`s/Advisor`s letter of reference strongly support the project, especially in terms of the applicant’s proposed research activities?
    • Are matching funds provided (highly desirable, but not required)?I
    • s appropriate supporting material provided giving evidence of commitment abroad (e.g. a letter of invitation or support from an institution) or an invitation letter from a special collections library in the US?
    • Has the applicant`s current advisor/mentor received any previous Global Studies Research Grants?
    • Is the application packet complete?

    Grant applications will be reviewed by a committee of the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies that will include a graduate student representative nominated by the GSA. Funding recommendations will be made based on the proposed project and its relevance to the above considerations. Applications will be reviewed and recipients selected by mid-April 2020. Awardees will be notified by the Graduate School shortly thereafter.

  • Grantee's obligations and responsibilities

    The grantee is expected to adhere to the proposed project as closely as possible. Significant deviations from the original plan must be approved by the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies. Within two months after the completion of the project, the grantee must submit a summary report outlining the accomplishments of the project to the Graduate School. The grantee must identify the sources of funding in any results funded partially or completely by these funds whenever feasible.

    Successful applicants are strongly encouraged to make an oral or poster board presentation during the 2020 International Education Week (in November 2020) or at another international event on campus.

    Grantees are required to submit an International Travel Authorization (ITA) Request to BCN Risk Management prior to the date of travel. Requests received fewer than 30 calendar days prior to the date of travel may not provide adequate time for review, and travel may not be reimbursable. ITA requests submitted after travel has been completed shall not be reimbursable. Travel is not approved until the traveler receives an email confirmation from BCN Risk Management.

Grant application information

The grant application must consist of the following:

1. Cover sheet

2. Proposal of no more than three (3) pages (double spaced, 12-point font) not including bibliography and any attachments. The proposal must be written in a manner that is readily understood by non-experts outside the applicant’s field of study. The proposal should follow the outline below:

  • Title
  • Abstract (less than 100 words)
  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Project description
  • Statement clearly identifying the impact of the research project on the completion of the graduate degree activities or program
  • Timeline (including submission of final report)

3. Budget with the following items:

  • A line itemized budget of all expenses
  • Statement indicating other sources of funding for the proposal being submitted

4. Letter (can be in e-mail format) from department chair or immediate supervisor stating whether the proposed project is consistent with the applicant's role statement

5. Necessary supporting documentation (e.g., letter of support from an institution abroad or a letter of invitation from a special collections library in the US)

6. Abbreviated two-page curriculum vita of the applicant

More information about Global Studies Graduate Student Research Grant

For additional questions or information on Global Studies Graduate Student Research Grant, or for assistance in submitting your completed proposal, contact the commmitee chair, Johnson Makoba at makoba@unr.edu.

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