available to students in all disciplines
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A complete mini-grant application includes:
- A one-page, single-spaced description of the project, understandable to a non-specialist. This should include the project's start and end dates and must be written by the student; however, the Student Fellowships Committee expects the faculty mentor to advise the student and to review the application and budget to ensure that all appropriate information is included.
- An itemized budget and detailed budget justification with all figures rounded to the nearest $10. To view a sample budget, please click here. Please note that the Committee expects students to put forward a plan to use the funds as effectively as possible. This often means staying in hostels, sharing hotel room, using mass transit when possible, etc. Students are also expected to see if departmental funds are available and, if available, explain how they will be used.
A PDF of the student's unofficial academic history from Polaris (for guidelines on how to save your unofficial academic history as a PDF, click here).
One letter of support from the faculty mentor submitted either in hard copy in a signed and sealed envelope or via email to Corey Colwill. Either way is equally acceptable.
The submission deadline is noon on the 15th of each month during the academic year. Applications can be delivered in person (110 Moulton Union) or emailed to Corey Colwill (firstname.lastname@example.org). If the 15th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the deadline will be extended to 8:00 a.m. on the following Monday.
Interested students should apply for mini-grants at large. There is no need to indicate the specific mini-grant(s) for which you would like to be considered. The Student Fellowships Committee will make decisions based on the merits of the proposal and the funds available. Students may only receive mini-grant funding once per semester.
A list of available funds can be found below.
The Grua/O’Connell Fund* supports faculty-mentored student research, regardless of discipline. Awards from this fund can be used to offset student travel that will substantially enhance students’ research and to defray students’ research expenses such as purchasing of books and equipment, publishing research results, or any combination of these expenses. Awards typically range between $200 - $800.
*Please note: The Grua/O'Connell mini-grant is NOT the same as the Grua/O'Connell Research Award, which is only offered in the fall.