Graduate Student Council Research Grants - 2020

GSC Report Form

View Request for Applications (RFA)

Key Dates   

RFA Announced:                 November 18, 2019
Applications Due:               January 24, 2020, by 5pm 
Awards Announced:           March 2020

GSC Grants Workshops:     Various times in November, December, and January

View workshop schedule and sign up at:


Through this RFA, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) solicits applications from currently enrolled graduate students in any discipline. GSC Research Grants are funded by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) and the Graduate School (hereafter, “the UM Sponsors”).

Program Goals

  1. Increase marketability, competitiveness, and graduate/postgraduate opportunities of UM graduate students by helping them develop a record of writing and winning grants.
  2. Increase the number of proposals from, and awards for, UM students to fund graduate research, study, and creative scholarship.
  3. Expand the ability of UM graduate students to conduct research, creative, or innovation projects to a degree that would not be possible with departmental funds alone.

Timeline and Funding

        The Sponsors will award up to twenty grants of up to $1,000 each in Spring 2020 for projects to be conducted between May 2020 and April 2021. Applications requesting more than $1,000 will be returned without review, as will those with total project costs exceeding $1,000 that fail to list the committed sources (departmental, personnel, etc.) of funding for costs above the $1,000 grant.

          Each application will contain two main parts: a proposal to conduct a project at UM (the GSC project); and a proposal to prepare and submit an application to an appropriate External Funding Opportunity that the applicant has identified. The awarded funds will be spent on the GSC project. However, as a condition of the award, the Awardee will also be required to prepare and submit between May 2020 and April 2021 a compliant, on-time application to the identified External Opportunity. Thus, development of the application for the External Opportunity will happen in parallel with the execution of the GSC project. The two may be related, but do not have to be.

          If an applicant has recently applied to a qualifying external funding opportunity, but has not yet learned of the result, that submission can be counted as the external opportunity portion of the application, so long as it is adequately described in this application.

Principal Investigator (PI) Eligibility

UM (Oxford) graduate students from any discipline that conducts research, creative scholarship, or innovation activities are eligible to apply, as long as they are enrolled in good standing in their respective programs, and are planning to be enrolled in the summer or fall 2021 semesters. Applicants must attend one offering of the one-hour GSC Grants workshop that has been scheduled for various dates in November, December and January. Students can view the workshop schedule and sign up at Previous GSC Grant recipients who have completed those projects and submitted final reports may apply again. The graduate student/applicant will be the Principal Investigator on the project. No more than one graduate student may serve as a PI per application/award, and each graduate student may submit only one application.