Student Research Funding

Carnegie Research Grants

Small grants are available to SILS students for assistance with research costs where unusual expenses are involved. Undergraduate students may apply once for up to $200 for expenses associated with their honors thesis. Master’s students may apply once for up to $200 for expenses associated with their master’s paper. Doctoral students may apply twice for up to $200 each time ($400 total) for expenses associated with their research projects. Grants can be made for the costs of travel, postage, compensation of human subjects, and certain other expenses. Grants are not made for the mechanical preparation of the resulting paper, i.e., typing, photocopying of the finished paper, etc. Your application must be approved before you make any expenditures for which you are requesting funds.

Carnegie Research Grant Application

Edward G. Holley Research Grants

SILS graduate students may apply once for up to $1,000 to help fund expenses associated with their research.  Grants can be made for the costs of travel, postage, compensation of human subjects, and certain other expenses. Grants are not made for the mechanical preparation of the resulting paper, i.e., typing, photocopying of the finished paper, etc. Your application must be approved before you make any expenditures for which you are requesting funds.

Edward G. Holley Research Grant Application

Procedure for research grant funding

  1. Talk with your research advisor and secure the advisor’s approval for submitting a request.
  2. Complete the appropriate application to apply for funding.
    1. Develop a brief statement as to how the funds are to be used, along with a proposed budget.
    2. Have the faculty advisor complete the advisor approval section.
    3. Turn in the completed application to the SILS Associate Dean.
    4. You will be notified upon approval of your application
  3. To apply for a cash advance for subject payments, meet with the SILS accounting technician for appropriate paperwork and instruction prior to paying subjects.  To obtain reimbursement for payments, submit receipts for covered expenditures to the SILS accounting technician. Compensation for human subjects should be made via gift cards. 
    1. Each subject must sign and date a receipt acknowledging they received payment as compensation for participation in the study. These receipts should be kept confidential, along with the signed informed consent forms, either by the advisor or with the IRB forms in the main office for five years.
    2. To receive reimbursement, the student should submit a receipt containing the following information: number of subjects, amount given to each subject, date(s) of disbursement, statement of who holds the subjects’ acknowledgements receiving payment, signature of student, signature of advisor.
    3. In case of audit, the subjects’ acknowledgements may need to be produced for review.

Travel Grants

SILS students who are presenting their work at a professional/research conference may apply for up to $200 for expenses associated with travel to that conference. To apply, they should fill out the Conference Travel Grant Application Form.  The form needs to be submitted for approval prior to the trip. Reimbursement after the meeting will be made based on submission of actual receipts. In some cases, registration fee reimbursement may be requested in advance of the conference.

Conference Travel Grant Application