Graduate Student Research Grant

The College of Humanities is pleased to announce the 2017-18 Graduate Student Research Grants Program, which is designed to support innovative humanities research in the coming year.

This grant has two cycles:
Cycle 1’s application deadline is 4:30 p.m. on October 27, 2017.
Cycle 2’s application deadline is 4:30 p.m. on January 19, 2018.

Students may apply in either cycle (or both), but will only be eligible to win one award.

All awards are competitive and based on resources available. Awards will range from $500 to $5,000. Applicants are encouraged to show financial and/or in-kind support from other sources. Projects with the potential for generating outside funding will be especially competitive.

Who is eligible to apply?

The following are eligible to apply for a COH Graduate Student Research Grant:

  • All degree-seeking graduate students in the College of Humanities who did not receive a COH Graduate Student Research Grant last year;
  • All SLAT students whose primary advisor is a COH faculty member and who did not receive a COH Graduate Student Research Grant last year.

For our international students: if you receive an award, depending on the funding (for instance, if it is for a conference or salary), there may be tax implications that you will need to be aware of. If you have questions, please work with the Bursar’s Office to gain clarification.

Selection Criteria

Proposals that demonstrate strength in one or more of the following will likely be particularly competitive:

  • Clarity and reasonableness of the narrative, procedures, timeline, line-item budget, and budget justification;
  • Significance of the project to the academic dossiers and careers of the applicant(s);
  • Potential for the project to forge connections between the College and local and regional communities and partners;
  • Potential for the project to disseminate/promote/highlight diversity and inclusion.

What Kinds of Expenses Are Eligible for Support?

Examples of expenses eligible for support from the COH Faculty Research Grants Program include:

  • Summer salary or other types of supplemental compensation for graduate students;
  • Expenses for travel to conferences, archives, academic institutions, libraries, etc. (local, national, and international);
  • Guest speakers or consultants on campus;
  • Hosting research-oriented symposia and other such events;
  • Books and other materials that are necessary for a particular research project;
  • Publication subventions;
  • Participation in summer study abroad programs and/or summer national or international institutes/schools/programs.

What Kinds of Expenses are Ineligible for Support?

Activities appearing on the list below are there not because they are not valued by the College but because limited resources do not allow funding for such endeavors. Please consult your unit’s business manager with questions. In some cases, projects such as those below may be eligible for funding through alternative sources on campus (see list below).

  • Conventional office equipment such as computers and printers;
  • Proposals for events/projects that have already been completed or lack sufficient lead time.

Application Process

Please submit the required application materials by one of the deadlines listed above. All materials should be submitted as attachments to a single email to Erin Robbins ( Questions about the program or the application can be directed to Associate Dean Ken McAllister (

Download the application 


Awardees will be notified approximately five weeks after the deadline. Grants funds must be used within one calendar year from the date of notification.

Awardee Obligations

Recipients of grants will be expected to:

  • File a brief report on the outcome of the project within 60 days of project completion. The report should include a final budget detailing the expenditures of the funds awarded, and a 250-word abstract that will be published on the COH website.
  • Any resulting publications must clearly identify the COH Graduate Student Research Grants Program as a funding source.

Other Funding Sources

Projects may also be eligible for funding from other sources, such as:

  • Grants & Fellowships: