Graduate Student Research Funding Award

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The Department of Sociology has a limited amount of funding from endowed funds and other sources to support graduate student research activities. We invite proposals from students at all stages of the graduate program to submit a proposal for research support.

Allowable expenses include (but are not limited to):

  • travel to research sites (transportation, lodging, both...)
  • the purchase of data
  • costs associated with fielding a survey or experiment
  • paying subjects

No funds from this mechanism shall be used to pay stipends or wages to graduate students.

Requests for travel to professional conferences should be submitted as outlined in the graduate student travel policy.

Procedures

Proposals will be solicited twice per year, and will be due on the third Monday of Autumn and Spring quarters. Recommendations for funding will be made by the department's executive committee. The total amount of available funding will vary from year to year, and final funding awards will be made by the chair.

Deadlines:

  • 2019 - 2020 Deadlines:
    • Autumn Quarter: October 14, 2019
    • Spring Quarter: April 13, 2020
  • 2020-2021 Deadlines:
    • Autumn Quarter:  October 19, 2020
    • Spring Quarter: April 12, 2021

Submit Applications to the Graduate Program Advisor:

  • Submit either by email or on paper.
  • If submitting in email, submit a SINGLE file with the signatures.
    • Put in the header of your email something that clearly indicates what this submission is for.  E.g., "Application for Sociology Grad. Student Research Grant." 

Applications should include:

  • Completed Cover Page (use this form):
    • Student Name and contact information
    • 100 word abstract
    • Indication of whether the request supports dissertation research
    • Budget ($200 – $2000) total, and then broken down by categories of spending, and a short justification
    • Your signature
    • Advisor's signature
  • Proposal (3 pages total):
    • Brief description of the research project and its significance (2 page max)
    • Explanation of how funding will enhance the project
    • Discussion of other funding sources available for this work, if any
    • Evidence of the impact of any prior departmental award funding
    • Evidence of the impact of any prior departmental award funding
    • Timeline for completion
  • Your CV


Selection Criteria:

  • Scientific merit of the proposed research;
  • Student's track record of completing coursework and research projects;
  • Evidence that the funds will have a discernable impact on the quality of the research

Students will be notified by the end of the sixth week of the quarter.

Continuation of this funding mechanism is contingent upon the availability of funds.

 


New Award Process Approved by Faculty January 4, 2018.
Web site page last updated 10/31/2018.
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