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

Buechley banding a bird while children look on

Evan Buechley banding birds in Ethiopia. The GCSC funded his project with Dr. Cagan Sekercioglu, “Conservation agriculture: A study of birds, ecosystem services, and the ecology of Ethiopian coffee farms”

As part of our commitment to graduate training, the Global Change and Sustainability Center offers small grants to eligible graduate students.

Research funding reinforces the importance of expanding research beyond a single discipline. Graduate students who conduct interdisciplinary projects benefit from exposure to other fields of study, gaining a broader perspective on approaches to research questions.

Travel funding supports student participation in professional meetings, opening the door to a number of important benefits. Students have the opportunity to present their research to peers and professionals in the field. Networking at professional meetings can not only lead to potential collaborations and other professional opportunities, but students are also likely to gain an expanded view of the discipline, its culture, and how their research interests fit into the broader landscape.

Go here to see past funded student research projects.

Applications for both research and travel grants are considered twice each year.

  • Fall deadline September 15

  • Spring deadline March 15           

 

Research Funds

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

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. Please ask your faculty advisor to submit a letter of recommendation with the following to gcsc@utah.edu. (These are not to be submitted by the applicant.)
    • Recommendation for your proposal
    • Description of the faculty advisor’s participation with the GCSC in the past year (committee service or other engagement)
  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

Application Deadline: SEPTEMBER 15

Decisions: mid-October

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 a letter of recommendation with the following to gcsc@utah.edu. (These are not to be submitted by the applicant.)
    • Recommendation for your proposal
    • Description of the faculty advisor’s participation with the GCSC in the past year (committee service or other engagement)
  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

Application Deadline: SEPTEMBER 15

Decisions: mid-October

Application Deadline: March 15

Decisions: mid-April

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.