GSC Research Grants


  • The Graduate Student Council has a fund to support graduate student research. This fund is intended to assist students who face expenses related to research, such as equipment costs, acquiring data sets, etc. Priority is given to students without funds for their research needs, who would otherwise be expected to pay out of pocket.
  • The GSC Research Grants are not intended for travel use. Please apply for a Travel Grant if you need money to attend a conference. However, if your travel is related to acquiring data, you may apply for a research grant.
  • Students may request up to $500 maximum. The research fund committee reserves the right to fund partial or full grants.
  • Those who are awarded a GSC Research Grant will also be featured at the GSC Regional Research Conference and will be required to present either a poster or a short (10-12 minute) presentation on their work.
  • At the conclusion of the research project (or at the end of the academic year, if the project is ongoing), the recipient of the Research Grant agrees to submit a brief but detailed report to the Research Fund committee on the research undertaken with the assistance of the grant, and to recognize the Graduate Student Council's support in any publication that results from this research. Students who do not submit their research report will not be eligible for future GSC Research Grants.

Application Process

Please complete the "Research Fund Request Form" where you will attach the following materials:
A.) Your CV
B.) Project description with a proposed budget (no more than 1-2 pages)
C.) A brief letter from the your Department Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, or Dissertation/Thesis director in support of the student and attesting to the appropriateness of the proposed budget and project. The letter of support will be collected by the student and submitted along with the other application materials; a screen capture of an email is acceptable.
D.) Please indicate whether you intend to present at the Spring 2019 or Spring 2020 Graduate Research Conference. Those applying for research funding and graduating in May 2019 must present at the Spring 2019 Graduate Research Conference. 

Applications for Fall 2018 Research Grants will open in September 2018


  • The grant is up to $500 for academic year 2018-2019 and will be transferred to the student's department.
  • No reimbursements will be considered.
  • No single student can receive a GSC Research Grant more than once per academic year, and priority in subsequent years will be given to first-time applicants. If you have already received a Research Grant, you must complete this formto be considered again.
  • The student is responsible for assuring compliance with regulations regarding human and animal research and all other university research guidelines.
  • The GSC Research Grant is not intended for conference travel. For more information see GSC Travel Grants.
  • Grant monies awarded will be transferred to the student's respective department to be disbursed according to University Policy.
  • Equipment and tangible items purchased will become property of the student's department upon their graduation or termination.
  • Recipients of the Research Grant will be asked to sign a statement acknowledging these Disclaimers.