Graduate Program (GROP)

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Empowering Scholarship

The Graduate Research Opportunity Program (GROP) offers funding that enables graduate students to further their research, produce scholarship, and prepare for careers within the academy and beyond. GROP facilitates critical research related to dissertations and other major projects, enhancing graduate students’ development as independent researchers, published authors, artists, and future professionals.

GROP enables students to pursue both national and transnational research projects and creative endeavors. This funding aids in the timely completion of their degree requirements and can give students a competitive edge when applying for prestigious external grants and fellowships. 

“The Graduate Student Opportunity Program has been very successful in supporting projects that generate new knowledge, help solve real-world problems, and infuse the arts with new perspectives and innovative approaches. Receiving funding early in their careers initiates for many students a game-changing sequence of achievement and recognition.”—John T. McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters 

How to Apply for Funding

Our Programs

Graduate Student Research Awards

Graduate Student Research Awards (GRSA) assist graduate students with expenses associated with conducting research or furthering artistic projects. Awards assist graduate students with expenses related to their research 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.

Maximum award is $4,000. Learn More 

Diana M. Sciola Grant Program

The Diana Sciola Grant Program funds students whose research or creative interests address the impact of Catholic traditions upon Italian artistic culture. To be considered for funding, the research must take place in Italy. 

Maximum award is $2,500. Learn More

The American Dream Grant Program

The American Dream Summer Grant Program promotes summer research by graduate students whose projects focus on some aspect of the American Dream. 

Maximum award is $4,500. Learn More

Which Projects Receive Funding?

The scholarship made possible by the Graduate Research Opportunity Program (GROP) is as far-ranging as the many disciplines in the College of Arts and Letters. Awards are made to graduate students across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Funding decisions are based on a project’s overall intellectual merit, research design, timeliness vis-a-vis the applicant’s year in their program, feasibility, impact, and goals. Common to all award-winning proposals is a concise, well-written, persuasive argument for funding.

How to Apply for Funding     Submit an Application


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“The American Dream grant allowed me to complete research assessing the impact of anxiety and depression on romantic relationship functioning among American couples. Thanks to these grants, I now have an immense amount of data, which will allow me to advance my career through publications, presentations, and developing preliminary data for future studies.”

—Judith Biesen, Ph.D. candidate, Psychology


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“The GROP funding allowed me to carry out a pilot study for my dissertation project on the social behavior of macaque monkeys in Bali, Indonesia. With those preliminary data, I have been able to give conference presentations and even prepare a manuscript to be submitted for publication.”

—Jeffrey Petersen, Ph.D. candidate, Anthropology