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2015 Academic & Creative Activity Grants

The Graduate School awards Graduate Student Research and Creative Activity Grants to assist with funding of a research or creative activity project to be conducted on an annual basis. Grants of up to $500 are awarded to graduate students who are selected through a competitive process conducted by the Graduate Council.   FY2015 Academic & Creative Research Grant Applications are now being accepted.

To Apply:
  1. Complete the Application Form
  2. Ask your Advisor, Graduate Program Director, or another Faculty member to review your proposal and submit a Recommendation Form
Applications are judged on the following criteria:
  1. The project will make a unique contribution to the field as evidenced in the description of the purpose, objectives, research questions or artist's statement, methods, and anticipated outcomes/impacts.
  2. The student has the academic preparation and practical expertise to conduct the project.
  3. The project can be completed according the proposed timeline and by June 30, 2015.
  4. The budget is reasonable and other sources of funding (if any) are identified.
  5. The project is of sufficient quality that the results can be presented at a regional or national meeting or other venue, published in a peer-reviewed journal, or result in a product of commercial value.
  6. The student agrees to present a poster of progress to date at IdeaFest (April 2015).


Submit Applications by October 31, 2014


For more information, contact the Graduate School at 605-658-6140 or by email at  Grant recipients will be notified via e-mail on November 24, 2014.  Preference will be granted to students who did not receive funding from this grant last year.


 2014 Student Research & Creative Activity Grant Winners *In FY14, 50% of awarded money was for travel expenses.