Student Funding


“This small-grant program is a terrific help to students…It greatly enhances the collaborative nature of research on campus.”


Graduate Student Research and Travel Funding

As part of our commitment to graduate training, the Global Change and Sustainability Center offers small grants to eligible graduate students. Applications for research funds are accepted biannually; travel grant applications are accepted in January, May, and September.

Research funds ($1,000-$3,000) can be used for thesis-related research needs; however, the research project must be multidisciplinary, combining your thesis interest with another area of focus.

Go here to see past funded student research projects.

Application Deadlines

  • January 15          travel
  • March 15            research and travel
  • September 15    research and travel

Research Funds

Eligibility and Requirements

  1. The graduate student’s advisor must be an active member of the GCSC.
  2. The project or activity must be in an area related to the mission of the GCSC.
  3. Proposed projects must be interdisciplinary, branching out from the student’s current thesis topic.
  4. Awardees must provide a 1-page summary of their activity within one year of receiving funds.
  5. Must not have received a research award in the preceding 12 month period.
  6. Awardees will be expected to present a research poster at the annual GCSC Research Symposium.

Proposal submission

  1. Please use this grant application form to submit a 1 to 1 1/2-page (max) proposal describing the proposed project or activity. Include the general objectives or hypotheses, general methods and expected outcomes. The proposal should be written for individuals from different disciplines. Avoid jargon as much as possible.
  2. Please submit a half-page budget description. The following items are non-allowable expenses: computers, stipends, hourly wages, tuition, or other salary-related expenses and benefits.
  3. In order to complete your application, ask your faculty advisor to submit the following to gcsc@utah.edu by the application deadline. (These are not to be submitted by the applicant.)
    • Letter of recommendation
    • Faculty Activity Checklist (PDF, Word doc)
  4. Letters of recommendation and all application materials should be sent to gcsc@utah.edu.
  5. Applications that are incomplete at the deadline will not be considered.

Research support timeline

Fall Application Deadline: September 15

Decisions: mid-October

Spring Application Deadline: March 15

Decisions: mid-April

Students receiving awards are eligible to re-apply again (only one award may be made in a 12 month period). For more information, please contact: Laurie Mecham, Program Coordinator.

Travel Funds

The GCSC is committed to supporting student participation in professional meetings. Travel awards of up to $500 are expected to assist students in leveraging other funds (e.g., from Departments and Colleges, the Graduate School etc.) to cover meeting expenses.

Eligibility and Requirements

  1. The student’s advisor must be an active member of the GCSC.
  2. The work that the student is presenting must pertain to an area of research related to the mission of the GCSC.
  3. The work must be interdisciplinary.
  4. Must not have received a travel or off-cycle award in the preceding 12 month period.
  5. Students who receive travel grants will be expected to present a poster at the annual GCSC Research Symposium.

Application submission

  1. Please use this grant application form.
  2. Using the application form, upload a copy of the student-authored abstract that was submitted to the meeting organizers. (On rare occasions, the GCSC will consider supporting travel for professional meetings at which the student is not presenting.)
  3. On the form, explain how the research is interdisciplinary and relates to the mission of the GCSC.
  4. Please ask your faculty advisor to submit the following to gcsc@utah.edu by the application deadline. (These are not to be submitted by the applicant.)
    • Letter of recommendation
    • Faculty Activity Checklist (PDF, Word doc)
  5. Letters of recommendation and all application materials should be sent to gcsc@utah.edu.
  6. Applications that are incomplete at the deadline will not be considered.

Travel support timeline

Fall Application Deadline: September 15

Decisions: mid-October

Spring Application Deadline: January 15

Decisions: mid-February

Summer Application Deadline: MaRCH 15

Decisions: mid-April

Off-cycle Small Grants

Recognizing that other student opportunities may occasionally arise, the GCSC will consider off-cycle funding requests of up to $500. Such awards would support enrichment of students’ academic experience in interdisciplinary research or training beyond what is available at the U of U.

Eligibility and Requirements

  1. The student’s advisor must be an active member of the GCSC.
  2. The opportunity must be relevant to the mission of the GCSC.
  3. The opportunity must expand beyond the student’s discipline.
  4. Must not have received a travel or off-cycle award in the preceding 12 month period.
  5. If appropriate, students will be expected to present a poster at the annual GCSC Research Symposium.

Application submission

  1. Please use this grant application form.
  2. On the form, explain how the opportunity is interdisciplinary and relates to the mission of the GCSC.
  3. Please ask your faculty advisor to submit the following to gcsc@utah.edu. (These are not to be submitted by the applicant.)
    • Letter of recommendation
    • Faculty Activity Checklist (PDF, Word doc)
  4. All application materials should be sent to gcsc@utah.edu.
  5. Requests for travel funds should be made through the regular travel grant process.

Off-cycle timeline

ApplicationS WILL BE CONSIDERED ON A ROLLING BASIS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

Decisions and funding will be available within 30 days of receipt of a complete application (including faculty materials).

UROP Supplemental Grants

In support of undergraduate research and training, the GCSC has partnered with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) to provide supplemental funding for sustainability-related student research projects. These small grants can provide up to $100 to help UROP awardees pay for supplies or other research costs.

Students who receive UROP funding for projects related to sustainability will receive an invitation to apply for these funds.