Thesis and Dissertation Research Support

The Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School will entertain requests for unusual expenses associated with a student’s research for the master’s thesis or the doctoral dissertation. Deadlines for consideration are November 1 and March 1 each year and students are typically notified of a decision within one week of each deadline. Graduate students can apply using this form. All sections of the form must be complete for consideration, and the form will be routed to the advisor or chair listed in the form for their endorsement. 

Awards will not exceed $300 for master’s students or $600 for doctoral students, and will often be less, depending on the demand. Due to limited funding availability, students who have received this award in the past are not eligible to re-apply. Funds are intended to be for expenses associated with conducting the research; requests for travel funding to present the findings at a professional conference will not be considered (students are encouraged to instead apply to the GSA Travel fund for that purpose).

Recipients are required to submit a brief one paragraph summary on the use and impact of the funds to

Please send inquiries about this award to

Feedback from a Recipient:
"I used the funding to care for the animals during the length of the study...This funding is impactful for helping pay for animal care, but is also a statement of support from the Graduate School. It helps me feel confident in research and publication knowing I have the University's support."
Amanda Reichart, Psychology