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Provost’s Graduate Research Award

The 2021 competition has closed.

For the fall 2021 research award competitions, the Graduate College encourages scholarship addressing discrimination, inequality, and health disparities in communities of color. For the PGRA, we are particularly interested in these themes vis-à-vis the study of cancer and cancer-like conditions. The competition is not, however, limited to the above research areas.

Doing research during a global pandemic: If an applicant's proposed project will require travel (e.g., visiting an archive, conducting interviews) or may otherwise be impacted by travel and/or public health restrictions—whatever those might be—then the applicant should address this fact transparently and demonstrate awareness of contingencies.

Fall 2021 Recipients

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The Provost’s Graduate Research Award seeks to maximize our impact. We envision that the PGRA will be a steppingstone to larger external funding awards.

Since its inception in 2009, this graduate research award has supported multidisciplinary scholarship to expose students to varied research and creative fields. The award mechanism has naturally evolved into a way for students early in their studies to develop new research directions for their PhD dissertations or terminal degree thesis/capstone project and has been used by graduate programs as a way for students to practice writing research proposals. Starting with the Fall 2016 competition, funding in the sum of $5,000 is available for pilot grants (or preliminary research) so that students can then have stronger applications for funding from external sources. We anticipate funding 15-20 projects. Awards will be $5,000 paid out over five months: February 16-June 16, 2022.

(NB: They are processed as awards to the student, not grants; no tuition waiver is attached.)

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DEADLINE for submission by the student’s academic program: 4 P.M., OCTOBER 15th (Central Time).