Graduate Student Research Grants

The College of Humanities Graduate Student Research Grants Program is designed to support innovative humanities research in the coming year.

This grant has one cycle in the fall and one cycle in the spring. Students may apply in either cycle (or both), but will only be eligible to win one award.

All awards are competitive and based on resources available, up to a maximum of $5,000.

Applicants are encouraged to show financial and/or in-kind support from other sources. 

Who is eligible to apply?

The following are eligible to apply for a COH Graduate Student Research Grant:

  • All degree-seeking graduate students in the College of Humanities who did not receive a COH Graduate Student Research Grant in 2019-20.
  • All degree-seeking SLAT graduate students whose primary advisor is a COH faculty member and who did not receive a COH Graduate Student Research Grant in 2019-20.

For our international students: if you receive an award, depending on the funding (for instance, if it is for a conference or compensation), there may be tax implications that you will need to be aware of. If you have questions, please work with the Bursar’s Office to gain clarification.

Selection Criteria

Proposals that demonstrate strength in one or more of the following will likely be particularly competitive:

  • Clarity and reasonableness of the narrative, procedures, timeline, line-item budget, and budget justification;
  • Significance of the project to the academic dossiers and careers of the applicant(s);
  • Potential for creating new knowledge or creative expression that will bring national or international recognition to the College;
  • Potential for the project to forge connections between the College and local and regional communities and partners;
  • Significance of the project to enhance the core values and vision of the College;
  • Potential for the project to disseminate/promote/highlight diversity and inclusion;
  • Potential for the project to receive additional funding from other sources, especially those that are external to the University of Arizona. Projects with the potential for generating outside funding will be especially competitive.

Please only submit one project per proposal:

  • Example #1: If you want to go to two conferences, pick the most important one and submit only one proposal for a single conference.
  • Example #2: If you need to visit multiple research sites, please ensure they are related to the same core project.

What Kinds of Expenses Are Eligible for Support?

Examples of expenses eligible for support from the COH Graduate Student Research Grants Program include:

  • Summer salary or other types of supplemental compensation for graduate students;
  • Expenses for travel to conferences, archives, academic institutions, libraries, etc. (local, national, and international);
  • Guest speakers or consultants on campus;
  • Hosting research-oriented symposia and other such events;
  • Books and other materials that are necessary for a particular research project;
  • Publication subventions;
  • Participation in summer study abroad programs and/or summer national or international institutes/schools/programs.

What Kinds of Expenses are Ineligible for Support?

Activities appearing on the list below are there not because they are not valued by the College but because limited resources do not allow funding for such endeavors. Please consult your unit’s business manager with questions. In some cases, projects such as those below may be eligible for funding through alternative sources on campus (see list below).

  • Conventional office equipment such as computers and printers;
  • Proposals for events/projects that have already been completed or lack sufficient lead time.

Application Process

Please be prepared to submit the following:

  1. Project Title
  2. Project Abstract (maximum 50 words).
  3. Project Description (maximum 750 words). Please be mindful that projects described in a compelling manner are likely to be more competitive.
  4. Budget Justification (maximum 250 words). It is important that you work with your unit’s budget manager to develop your proposal’s budget. The budget justification should explain the necessity of each item. In addition, please list any other potential or pending sources of funding and indicate the status of those applications/requests. Please refer to the budget section of the application for additional details.
  5. A detailed and realistic line-item budget (maximum 1 page). Similar to your budget justification, please work with your unit’s budget manager and refer to the budget section of the application for additional details.
  6. The applicant’s CV that highlights efforts applicable to the proposal.

Applications require an endorsement from the student’s primary advisor. For SLAT students, their primary adviser (e.g., qualifying or comprehensive exam director, dissertation director, faculty mentor) must be a COH faculty member. Please identify your advisor in your application and an email will automatically be sent to that person with your application materials.

Questions about the program or the application can be directed to Associate Dean Ken McAllister (




Cycle #1: Applications for Fall 2021 are due on Monday, October 18, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. (The Fall application cycle is now closed.)
Cycle #2: Applications for Spring 2022 are due on Monday, January 24, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. 


Awardees will be notified approximately six weeks after the deadline. 

Awardee Obligations

Recipients of grants will be expected to:

  • Use grant funds within one calendar year from the date of notification.
  • Clearly identify the COH Graduate Student Research Grants Program as a funding source for any resulting publications.
  • File a brief report on the outcome of the project within 60 days of project completion. The report should be an abstract (250-word maximum) that highlights the project’s success and outlines any plans to expand the project externally (e.g., bring national or international recognition to the College, forge connections with the local and regional community, receive additional funding from other non-UA sources). Abstracts may be used for COH marketing purposes.

Other Funding Sources

Projects may also be eligible for funding from other sources, such as:

Links to external funding opportunities:

Grants & Fellowships: