Graduate Student Research Award (GSRA)

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Available to Graduate Students

Deadline: October 6, 2023 & March 8, 2024

Funding Amount: Max Award: $4,000


Students must be enrolled in Ph.D., DMA, or MFA program within the College of Arts and Letters. GSRAs do not fund conference presentations or workshop attendance; apply for the Graduate School's GSPDA program to cover those costs.


GSRA awards assist graduate students with expenses related to research or creative projects that their departments are unable to meet. Qualifying expenses include those associated with conducting research in the applicant’s field of study and/or doctoral dissertation. 

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on intellectual merit and financial need. Priority will be given to projects where immediate funding would be critical to the completion of the dissertation in a timely manner. If IRB approval is needed, it should be obtained before the application is submitted. Depending upon the numbers of applications received, applicants with greater seniority in their respective doctoral programs may be preferred to applicants in their first year.

Eligible Expenses and Restrictions

Funds must be used to support the direct costs of the project. These include, but are not limited to, research and creative arts materials (books, studio supplies, etc.); recital musicians; undergraduate research assistants; transcription and translation services; remote archive/library assistance (e.g. manuscript digitization); survey and computer programming support; and data set/human subject payments. It is expected that, wherever possible, intra-university services (e.g., Center for Research Computing; Center for Social Science Research, Center for Digital Scholarship) will be used. Funds may not be used for professional development activities, computer equipment, and software that is already provided through University site licenses. GSRAs cannot be used retroactively; that is, they cannot be used to pay for research expenses which have already been incurred. Applicants are required to notify ISLA of any funding received from another source; in most cases ISLA will adjust or rescind its award. 


How to Apply

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