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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.

Application Procedure

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 by the deadline.

Proposal Format

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. 

  1. Cover Page (including abstract)

  2. Background and Significance
    • The problem to be solved, the need to be met, or the creative activity to be undertaken
    • Significance of the research
    • Hypothesis/objectives/aims
    • Discussion of the related literature

  3. Procedure/Methodology
    • Design of the study/project; nature, sources, and method of collection of the data; and the availability of facilities, equipment and materials. Clearly describe how items requested in the budget are to be used in conducting the research or creative activity.
    • Timetable for conducting the research.  Plan on a start date no earlier than the beginning of the fall semester.
    • Anticipated results – how study results will be applied, potential application and dissemination of results

  4. Budget (You must use the Budget Request form)
    • Provide a short narrative justifying the budget. Use the provided form to itemize and detail the budget request. Supply a cost for each item requested for commodities, travel, contractual services, and equipment. See "Allowable Costs" for examples of appropriate and inappropriate requests. All requested items should be clearly related to the research that is to be conducted. You may not request funds to reimburse departments or other entities for money spent on this project prior to the receipt of the award.

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:

  • commodities: supplies, software
  • travel for the purpose of gathering data which could not be obtained otherwise: mileage, commercial fare, lodging, and per diem (Local travel (Madison and St. Clair Counties) and travel for consultation are generally not supported.)
  • contractual services: photocopying, postage, participant incentives, transcription services
  • equipment: laboratory, field (Equipment will become the property of SIUE.).

Examples of requests which will not be funded are:

  • equipment maintenance
  • supplies which ordinarily could be obtained through the department
  • funds for attendance at professional conferences
  • salaries and wages
  • reimbursement for money spent prior to the award.

Evaluation Criteria

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:

  • the ranking by the Department Chair
  • the intelligibility, clarity, and persuasiveness of the narrative
  • the originality/creativity and significance of the proposed research
  • the clarity and appropriateness of the research design and procedure (Remember that proposals must be written so that they can be understood by readers who are not specialists in the applicant's area of study.)
  • the feasibility of the proposed research.

Fiscal Regulations

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.

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