Finding Funding for Student Research
Grants-in-Aid of Research Program
Application Deadlines: March 15 and October 15 annually.
The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has been providing
undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational
experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working
relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes
scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.
The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences
allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for
vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel
expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard
laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.
While membership in Sigma Xi
is not a requirement for applying for funding from the Grants-in-Aid of
Research program, approximately 75% of funds are restricted for use by
dues paying student members of Sigma Xi or students whose project
advisor is a dues paying member of Sigma Xi. Students from any country
are eligible to receive funding.