Guidelines to Apply for Student Research Grants

The purpose of the Student Research Grants Program is to assist students with expenses directly related to the conduct of research. Funding for the Program comes from three sources: the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the Reves Center, and the Center for Geospatial Analysis

  • Any continuing undergraduate or graduate student may apply for up to $500 from the Vice Provost fund.  Applications from students conducting Honors research are especially encouraged. 
  • Reves Center awards of up to $750 are reserved for students who are conducting research abroad. Both undergraduate and graduate students from all schools encouraged to apply. 
  • The funds from the Center for Geospatial Analysis are specifically for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) research.  Candidates may apply for up to $500 toward the cost of related geospatial material or activities.  Funding for software, data or data services, hardware or even travel to and from the research site is available.  All requests must be within the realm of GIS-related research.

Students are encouraged to work with their advisors to actively solicit funding from other sources if it is likely that their research expenditure will exceed these limits.

All undergraduate grant recipients are required to write about their research on the SuRGe blog.

An applicant may receive only one Student Research Grant per academic year.   Only currently-enrolled and continuing undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.

Procedures: Applications should be submitted to the Charles Center (Blow Hall Suite 254) prior to actual expenditures.  Expenses incurred before application will be considered if strong justification is provided. The kinds of expenses generally funded include travel to libraries, archives, laboratories, etc., in support of research, long distance telephone calls, photocopies, postage, payments to human subjects, and payments for animal subjects.  Private automobile transportation will be reimbursed at 10 cents per mile. This list is not an all-inclusive one; other items may be funded if sufficiently justified. 

The following items will not be funded:  

  1. the presentation, publication, or dissemination of finished research;
  2. research costs that should be included in the normal budgets of department of schools;
  3. research costs that should be included in the normal budget of any external support received by the student’s advisors for research in the same basic area;
  4. typing and duplication of theses or course papers;
  5. equipment or materials ordinarily supplied by departments or Technology Services;
  6. books and other materials ordinarily supplied by department or library budgets;
  7. transportation to the vicinity of the applicant’s permanent residence;
  8. any expenses associated with travel to or attendance at professional meetings;
  9. lessons or professional development fees.

The Charles Center has copies of past successful grant applications on file, should you wish to review them.

When the decisions have been made by the Charles Center (usually within one week), applicants will receive a letter notifying them of the results of their proposals.

Funds will be transferred to the recipient's department or school and reimbursements will be handled through the administrative secretary at that department or school. Departments / schools will be notified when the funds are transferred. Travel arrangements (except for personal vehicle mileage) must be coordinated through the department or school; tickets should not be purchased independently by the grant recipient.  To be reimbursed for expenses, the grantee must present appropriate proof (invoices, receipts, etc.) of all expenses.

Please direct questions about these policies to Lisa Grimes.

Download the Student Research Grant Application (pdf).


Funds for International Research

The Reves Center funds research grants for graduate and undergraduate students conducting international research. These grants are administered by the Charles Center through its Student Research Grant program (they administer the entire application and award process; The Reves Center provides the funding). You can find more information on the criteria for the grants and the application process here.

 The Reves Center no longer funds travel for graduate students to attend conferences.