Proposals

Projects will be evaluated by two faculty members for your discipline group. Excellent proposals will be concise, clear, descriptive, persuasive, and easy to follow. The grants are awarded to high quality projects. An excellent proposal describes and justifies a project.

The full set of proposal documents includes the following:

A proposal narrative describes the project and provides a rationale for conducting the work. Although a lengthy literature review is not required, previous scholarly work should be emphasized as justification of the project. The narrative should also include what the student hopes to accomplish and how this project will contribute to the field.

In the sciences and in engineering, excellent proposals will: (a) orient reviewers to the greater body of relevant literature and convey why the project is important and significant, (b) present the objectives or hypotheses for the project that are related to the previous literature, (c) include a clear and descriptive methodology section that directly shows how the project objectives and/or hypotheses will be achieved, and (d) detail expected results and their significance.

In the arts and humanities, excellent proposals contain a description of the idea or question that the student will be exploring, the planned approach or line of thought, and the significance of the proposed work and the contribution that it will make to the arts and/or humanities.

The narrative portion of the proposal must not exceed 2,500 words (5 single-spaced pages, with 12-point font and 1″ margins, excluding references).

A detailed timeline for the project should include all critical project events, starting with the awarding of funds at the beginning of fall semester and concluding by the reporting deadline:

  • IRB/IACUC review (if necessary);
  • A month-by-month proposal of work, a reporting date; and
  • A target date and location for presentation of the work.
A GRCO proposal should include a request for equipment, supplies, and research-related travel. Travel for purposes other than directly conducting research, such as attending or presenting at a conference, will not be funded through GRCO grants. Students interested in traveling for conferences should apply for the RGS Graduate Student Travel Award in addition to or in place of a GRCO grant.

All proposals must include a detailed budget (using this form) outlining where the money will be spent. All GRCO awards are a maximum of $1,000.

All proposals must include an up-to-date CV in order to be reviewed.

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A letter of support from the applicant’s faculty mentor must accompany each GRCO proposal. We will contact the faculty mentor after receiving the proposal.

The letter should:

  • Outline the qualifications of the applicant to complete the project.
  • Outline the nature of the project as “an inquiry or investigation conducted by a graduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.”
  • Provide a statement of support for the project, its feasibility, timeline, and potential educational outcomes.
Each project is evaluated in a  discipline group. You will be asked to recommend the best discipline group for your project during the application process.

Arts & Humanities- Includes programs such as Music, Theater, Religious Studies, English, History, Liberal Arts, etc.
Life Sciences- Includes programs such as Biology, Plants, Watershed Sciences, Environment and Society, etc.
Physical Sciences & Math- Includes programs such as Geology, Math, Physics, Dietetics, etc.
Engineering- Includes programs such as Biological Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, etc.
Social Sciences & Education- Includes programs such as Political Science, Management, JComm,  Economics and Finance, Accountancy, Psychology, etc.