Research Grants for Research Doctoral Students
Application Deadline: July 15 or next business day to your department chair or dean, as appropriate
Research Grants for Research Doctoral Students (RGRDS) awards small grants on a competitive basis to support research/projects initiated and conducted by students of the SIUE EdD and DNP programs and the co-operative Ph.D. programs to enhance their academic progress. Although faculty advisors oversee the research, the purpose of this program is to support the research of doctoral students.
EdD and DNP students as well as students in the cooperative Ph.D. programs may submit a proposal for RGRDS funding if they meet the following conditions: 1) good academic standing (3.0 GPA with at least 6 completed hours in the graduate program) and 2) enrollment as a degree-seeking doctoral student during the academic term for which they are seeking funding. Previous RGRDS recipients are ineligible for a second grant.
Funding is from non-appropriated Graduate School monies. Applicants may request up to $1000; total award money available is $15,000 annually. Awards may be granted for the full amount requested or for a lesser amount, depending upon availability of funds and the appropriateness of the amount requested. Meritorious applications are funded up to the limits of the RGRDS funds available for each year. Students must maintain good academic standing and enrollment during the tenure of the grant. Students may be allowed up to one year to expend grant funds. Awards are for future expenditures only. Recipients cannot request funds to reimburse money spent before the RGRDS is awarded.
Applications are due to your department chair or dean, as appropriate by July 15 or the next business day. Programs will forward ranked applications to the Graduate School by August 1 or the next business day. Proposals that are not received in the Graduate School by the established deadline are not reviewed for funding.
Proposals are to be approved and signed by the student's major advisor. After being ranked by the department or school/college, depending on the Ph.D. program, and signed by the chair or dean, as appropriate, the unit must submit the proposal and the ranking sheet by email in a continuous PDF electronic document to the Graduate School at firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline.
Proposals must include the cover page with proper signatures, a brief narrative (as a PDF document), and a budget form. Applicants are advised to follow carefully the prescribed format below. Narratives should be double-spaced and should not exceed five pages, exclusive of the cover page and budget form. The narrative must be written so that it can be understood by a reader who is not a specialist in the applicant’s area of study.
Note: The proposal packet will include the following PDF documents: ranking sheet, cover page, budget form, and narrative. You may use the RGRDS Checklist in preparing your proposal.
Allowable and Unallowable Costs
Follow these guidelines when preparing a budget for a RGRDS. List and justify each budget item.
Examples of appropriate requests are:
Examples of requests which will not be funded are:
Proposals will be reviewed by a committee made up of one faculty member from each of the doctoral and co-operative Ph.D. programs and the Associate Dean for Programs of the Graduate School. In recommending proposals for funding, the award committee will consider the following criteria:
Funds will be transferred to an ICR account. It is the responsibility of the individual researcher to expend funds only for approved items. The unit and major advisor are responsible for overseeing the appropriate use of the funds in a timely manner.