GSS/Graduate College/OVPR Research Grants for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (not for presentation travel)

With funds from the Graduate College and the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Graduate Student Senate administers funding assistance for humanities and social science research and work in the creative, visual, and performing arts to be conducted academic year 2018-2019.  Grants of up to $1,000 are available for research expenses including archive usage, equipment, supplies, software, interviews (research related), and on location filming or performance, etc. The funds are allocated to selected applicants by the GSS Travel Funds Committee after peer review. For projects involving human subjects, relevant approval documents from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) must be provided. If your budget included compensation for research participants, your department must agree to receive and administer the funds. These steps are required before funding can be released.

For projects with budgets greater than $1000, there must be clear evidence that additional funds are available to cover the amount of money required beyond this award or that the project can be accomplished as written for the amount awarded. 

While funding is not restricted to dissertation or thesis projects, successful proposals reflect a carefully crafted and feasible research plan. Some activities that do not qualify for this funding are paper/poster presentations (see GSS/Graduate College Presentation Travel Funds instead), research or degree related travel, internship travels, job interviews, computers, etc.   

Grant recipients have six months to expend the awarded funds and are not eligible for other GSS/GSPG award opportunities during the project period of the grant. A graduate student may receive this award once throughout a given graduate program degree.

The next deadlines for the program are:

  • Fall: November 29, 2018 (for spring 2019 expenses)
  • Spring: April 12, 2019 (for summer and/or fall 2019 expenses)


  • The applicant must be enrolled as a student in a graduate program at the University of Iowa at the time of application and at the time of the award payment, and be in good academic standing.
  • The proposed research, scholarship or creative activity must be completed prior to graduation.

Application Requirements

  1. A proposal describing the research, scholarship, or creative endeavor, and the location where the project will take place, limited to 1,000 words
  2. Budget,  budget justification, and timeline for completion
  3. A letter of support from your academic advisor confirming that: (1) grant funding is necessary for your project, (2) that the project proposed has faculty endorsement as well conceived and rigorously designed, and (3) that the project is connected to your academic and professional goals.
  4. Disclosure of other sources of funding for this research you have applied for and/or received.

Students must submit their part of the application materials to their department at least two weeks prior to the submission deadline. Check with your department as soon as possible for their internal deadline as well as inform them that you intended to apply. Applications submitted by the student (and not someone in the department such as the DGS, DEO or grad coordinator) will be voided and not considered. Submit the application online here.