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Graduate Research and Presentation Grants

The Graduate School awards mini-grants to graduate students conducting research and presenting at or attending conferences related to their programs of study.

There are three types of awards:

  1. Research Grants: Up to $250 per student per semester. 
  2. Research Presentation Grants: Up to $250 per student per semester.
  3. Professional Development Grants: Up to $250 per student per semester. 

Students who apply for these awards are limited to a total of $250 per semester with each Summer session counting as a single semester. Normally, no student can receive more than $500 in a fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). The funds for these grants are limited and will be awarded on a competitive basis by the Dean of the Graduate School. Selection will be based on the clarity and quality of the project description and methodology. Preference will be given to research connected to external grants, thesis completion, and independent studies/internships.

Criteria
Applicants must be a degree-seeking student in good standing in a College of Charleston graduate program (this includes joint programs and certificates, as long as the student is currently registered).

For research grants, applications must include a project description (maximum length 1,000 words) containing a project abstract, a statement of project objectives and methodology, and a discussion of the project's significance and plans for future dissemination. A separate budget indicating how the money will be used must also be attached. Students should indicate if they have applied for or been awarded support from some other source. Recipients will be encouraged to present their research results at a Graduate Research Seminar or Poster Session.

For presentation grants, applications must include a presentation description (maximum length 500 words) containing a project abstract, an explanation of the presentation format (e.g., poster session, panel presentation), a description of the presentation venue (e.g., international conference, annual meeting), and a confirmation that the presentation has been accepted (or submitted.) A separate budget, breaking down costs for transportation, food, accommodation, and registration fees should be attached. Students should also indicate if they have applied for or been awarded support from some other source.

For professional development grants, applications must address how this opportunity will contribute to a student's current coursework or career goals.  Applicants should include a separate budget that indicates the cost of registration, accommodation, travel and food.  

Students must submit their application to the Graduate School office at least one week before their proposed dates of travel or research. Any projects involving animal or human participants must also receive approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Students who receive grant awards must complete and submit a final report to the Graduate School office.

    
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