Western Kentucky University is a center of learning dedicated to opportunities for creative scholarship and pursuit of excellence in higher education. The University strives to provide a suitable range of undergraduate and graduate specialties within an academic climate designed to promote the constructive objectives of liberal education.
Creative scholarship implies research and the University recognizes that creative inquiry frequently leads to the necessity of acquiring materials and assistance not normally available. To encourage the extension of creative inquiry and contributions to knowledge, some limited monetary assistance has been made available for student research projects that conform to the general guidelines set forth below. This monetary assistance is to be treated as grant funding and the recipient will be held accountable for any misuse of funding.
The Graduate Student Research Grant Committee (GSRGC) reviews the student proposals and recommends funding to the Graduate Council. This committee consists of three faculty Graduate Council members and a student member.
A graduate student interested in securing funds through the Graduate Student Research Grant Committee of the Graduate Council should have a logical and clearly defined project. To assist in the formulation and for purposes of grant consideration, the student is requested to complete a rather basic grant request application form and supporting proposal documentation. Please use these guidelines to prepare your proposal.
Application Due Date
August 30, 2017
September 5, 2017 (note: this meeting will take place in WAB 227)
November 1, 2017
November 8, 2017
January 31, 2018
February 7, 2018
March 28, 2018
April 4, 2018
All meetings are held 2:00 – 4:30 PM in WAB 208 (except the September 5, 2017 meeting)
April meeting is subject to the availability of funds. If no funds remain, the meeting will be cancelled.
The following documents are REQUIRED when applying for a Research Grant. Failure to submit the required documents will result in an incomplete application and the Graduate Council will not review the application. ALL REQUIRED MATERIALS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO email@example.com
1.) Research Application Form
a. FOUR signatures are required: Student, Advisor, Department Head, and College Dean
Please note: By signing the research application form, the student and faculty advisor certify
that no documents included in the research grant proposal have been plagiarized. If such
plagiarism is suspected, or discovered by the committee, the student’s application will not be
b. NOTE: Fellowship students must use this form to apply
2.) Formal Budget Form
a. Further guidance as to how to fill out the Formal Budget Form is provided below
3.) Research Proposal
a. Items that should be included in the Research Proposal are as follows:
i. Title of Proposed Project
ii. Purpose of the Study
1. Describe the nature of the research project or creative activity
2. State the objectives or hypotheses of the research or creative activity
3. Indicate how this study will advance knowledge in your field
iii. Design of the Study
1. Describe the methods to be followed
2. Include a copy of instruments to be used to gather data, such as surveys, interview
questions, focus group questions, description of observations, as applicable
3. Description of analytical or interpretive approach (e.g., statistics, literature reviews,
thematic or textual analysis)
iv. Intended Use of Results and Possible Application of Results (thesis, publication, class
project, or other expected outcomes)
4.) One-page student bio (CV/Resume)
5.) Letter of endorsement of the research project or creative activity from the advisor
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS, IF APPLICABLE:
1.) Evidence of cooperation with off-campus entities
FOR RESEARCH INVOLVING HUMAN OR ANIMAL SUBJECTS:
1.) Attach a copy of the Human Subjects Review Board (HSRB)
2.) Attach a copy of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Letter
NOTE: All application materials are to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. If materials are sent to an alternative email address, your application will not be reviewed by the committee.
• Students and faculty advisors should work with the department office associate (or
other knowledgeable staff) to submit requests for purchases. All purchases must be
made with the department’s procurement card, except for the following: travel, services rendered expenditures, payment of human
subjects with either gift cards or cash and University-available services.
- Students, faculty advisors, and departments will not be reimbursed for expenses which do not adhere to proper purchasing procedures.
- Under no circumstances will inter-account transfers or other vouchers (those not listed above) be approved for reimbursement.
• Students may need to pay for travel expenses or services rendered as approved by
the Committee. In this case, the student should complete a Travel Expense Voucher
or a Payment Authorization Sheet (for services rendered) and submit to the Graduate
School for approval. The faculty advisor or department office associate should be
able to assist the student in completing these forms.
- Travel Expense Voucher – allows students to be reimbursed for travel expenditures
- Payment Authorization Sheet – allows the individual who renders services to receive a paycheck from the University
- Both forms can be found on the Office of the Controller’s website.
• ALL MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO email@example.com.
• Incomplete applications will be returned. If applications are not submitted to the proper email address, the application will not be considered by the committee.
• Graduate students may apply for up to three research grants per degree. Students may not receive more than $3000 in research grants per degree.
• Fellowship students are not eligible for additional funding above their $1000 allotment for travel and research.
• The Graduate Student Research Committee reviews research proposals twice during the fall and spring semesters. The committee does not review proposals during December, May and the summer months. Students conducting research in the summer months should submit the application materials early in the spring semester to allow adequate time for approvals.
• If a collaborative project is proposed, then the collaborators should either (1) stay within the announced funding limits and submit a single application or (2) submit separate applications that clearly describe the contribution made by each individual and the different unique attributes distinguishing one application from the other.
• Faculty mentors may attend the graduate student presentation, but the review committee will expect the student to answer all questions. Faculty mentors are encourage to support an application by submitting a letter of endorsement for the proposed project.
• Priority will be given to students who have not already received funding from this granting resource. Students should recognize that if they receive funding early in their graduate studies, they may be unlikely to receive additional funding later in their graduate studies.
• Proposals should clearly identify the research questions being answered by the proposed work.
• GRANT APPLICATIONS ARE LIMITED TO $3000.
• While publication is not the primary goal of the committee in granting financial assistance, proposals aimed toward publication or presentation at professional meetings are encouraged. Appropriate acknowledgment of support should appear in any resulting publications
• Finally, please keep in mind that receiving a grant is a rather lengthy process. There are many offices and people involved in gaining access to the grant money once it is awarded through the proper channels. Be mindful that from the date you turn in your application for a grant, if approved, it will possible be several months before you have access to the money, depending on when the review committee next meets. This includes the time needed to schedule a presentation time, be approved by the Graduate School Research Grant Committee, be approved by Graduate Council, have a grant index established, have paperwork prepared for the grantee to sign and return, and for the money to be transferred to a usable index. Please be patient with the process and apply early!