Graduate Research Grant Program

The Graduate Research Grant Program is designed to provide financial support to graduate students for research or scholarly activities related to their program of study to enable them to better understand the scientific process, experience discovery, develop their analytical and communication skills, and gain exposure to national ideas through the presentation of the results of their research at conferences. Our grant program has funded field and laboratory research as well as computer application and software development. The Graduate Research Grant Program is funded by the School of Graduate Studies and the Institute for Public Service and Sponsored Programs.

Graduate Research Grant Program Details

  • 2019/2020 Graduate Research Call for Proposals
  • Award funding will be split between semesters 
  • $7,000 for Fall - Accepting Applications 9/3/19 thru 12/8/19
  • $7,000 for Spring - Accepting Applications 1/20/20 thru 4/15/20
  • Proposals will be accepted until the available funding per semester has been awarded.
  • Awarded funds must be used by 8/15/2020.
  • The maximum award per proposal is $1000. Graduate students may apply for additional funds in subsequent years. However no student will receive combined total GR funding greater than $1500.
  • Rubric - We strongly encourage you to organize your narrative around the categories identified on this rubric. Please respond to each of the criteria separately and specifically.

How to Apply

  • Review the 2019/2020 Call for Proposals;
  • Go to and login using your Shippensburg University username and password. (Call IPSSP, 477-1251, for software technical assistance.)
  • Select “Graduate Research Grant Program” shown in the list of open competitions.
  • Select the APPLY button at the top right under the heading “Application Tools” when you are ready to apply,
  • Complete all of the required elements, uploading required PDF docs as requested.
  • You will be asked to upload the following PDF documents:
    • Your Project Narrative:
    • Budget: (Excel Format)
    • Faculty Adviser Letter of Support;
    • Academic Dept. Chairperson Support Letter;
    • IRB or IACUC Clearance Letter: if applicable to your project.
  • For questions regarding the Graduate Research Grant Program, contact Jacob Baek at or call 717-477-1251.

Research Ethics and Graduate Research Grants

When Humans Are Used in Research

Shippensburg University complies with federal regulations regarding the use of human subjects in research. This means that any project using humans must gain the approval of the SU Committee on Research with Human Subjects before any data is collected. For help in submitting a proposal to the Committee on Research with Human Subjects, visit

For more information on the federal regulations on the use of human subjects in research, click here: Electronic code of Federal Regulations.

When Animals Are Used in Research

Student research that includes the use of live animals must seek the approval of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee before the project commences. Contact Dr. Kathryn Potoczak at, for detailed information on the procedure for gaining this approval.

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