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Graduate College Mini Grants

Mini Grants are awarded by the Graduate College to students presenting their scholarly work at conferences or meetings. Graduate students can receive $300 in travel and conference reimbursements. Mini Grant applications may be submitted at any point prior to the travel for which funding is requested. The Graduate Student Senate Finance Committee reviews applications one week after the application deadline.

The 2018-2019 application deadlines are as follows:

Conference/Meeting Date
Application Deadline

September 2018 - January 2019
September 21, 2018

February 2019 - May 2019
January 18, 2019

June 2019 - August 2019
April 26, 2019

The Mini-Grant program encourages and supports graduate student travel to present student research at academic conferences or professional meetings. Two general guidelines pertain to all applications:
  • A match of at least 50% of the amount requested must be provided from the applicant's department or program (e.g., if $300 is requested, the minimum match is $150).
  • Efforts will be made to utilize the avaliable funds to support as many requests as possible.

Additional Guidelines:

Applications must be made following the forms above. They must include, in addition to the forms, an abstract of the paper/poster, a copy of the meeting announcement (or similar), and a copy of the applicant's curriculum vitae. Additional materials may be attached where deemed appropriate by the applicant. Requests that do not include all required materials will not be considered.

  • Applicants MUST have presented a poster or an oral presentation as a first author at one of the previously sanctioned Student Research Conferences in order to be eligible for a Mini-Grant. To clarify, this means that anyone who wants to apply for the 2018-2019 grant cycle will have to have presented at any previous conference up to the most recent conference (April 2018). Note: The April 2019 conference will count for the April 26th, 2019 deadline. Please see the webpage regarding the Student Research Conference for more information.
  • Mini-Grant applicants must be presenting a poster or an oral presentation as a first author at the conference for which they are applying for funding.
  • Priority will be given to first time applicants.
  • Applicants may receive up to one award per year (e.g.,if you received an award in either the September 2018 or January 2019 grant cycle, you are ineligible for mini-grants during the April 2019 cycle).
  • All materials must be included with the initial application as described in the directions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Where should I submit my application?

Your completed application should be submitted to the Graduate College at 330 Waterman Building (or emailed to with "mini-grant" in the subject line) by 4pm on the due date. If you choose to submit your application via email, the application should be sent as a single PDF file instead of multiple attachments.

Questions or concerns?

Contact Aayudh Das, Chair of the Mini-Grants Committee, or the Graduate College at or x63160.

Need more funding info?

Click here for a funding guide from the Graduate College.

Last modified April 17 2019 03:02 PM

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