The Office of Research is pleased to announce the Graduate Student Research Award (GSRA) Program. The goal of the GSRA Program is to invest in a diversified portfolio of doctoral dissertation and master’s thesis research that requires funding in excess of available academic program budgets.
Applicants must have a graduate GPA of at least 3.25, and must have completed at least 34 credits of graduate work if enrolled in a doctoral program or at least 18 credits of graduate work if enrolled in a master’s program. A student can receive no more than one GSRA as a master’s student, and no more than one GSRA as a doctoral student.
Award Terms and Conditions
The award period is 12 months and begins on June 1 following award notification. In addition to the general award terms and conditions, acceptance of a GSRA signifies the intent of the student to complete his or her graduate degree at Cleveland State University.
GSRA grants are limited to $4,000 for doctoral students and $2,500 for master’s students. Allowable expenditures include student salaries and fringes, consultant fees, equipment, travel to national meetings or conferences, supplies, and other direct costs. Up to 50% of the total budget may be allocated for student summer salary and fringes. The student’s college will monitor the account for adherence to University accounting policies and practices. Over-expenditures will be charged to the college.
Proposal Preparation Guidelines
Proposals should be written in language that can be understood by non-specialists. Proposals should be written with 12-point font on letter-sized paper with one-inch margins, should consist of a single PDF, and should include the following sections.
- Cover Page: The cover page template is available here
- Page 2: Objectives of the proposed research
- Page 3: Background and significance of the proposed research
- Page 4: Procedures and methods of the proposed research
- Page 5: Anticipated results of the proposed research
- Page 6: Budget description and justification
- Page 7: Bibliographic references
- Curriculum Vitae: Abbreviated CV of no more than two pages
- Support Letter: A letter from the applicant’s research advisor that: (1) states the date (or anticipated date) of candidacy exam completion for doctoral students or degree completion for master’s students; (2) discusses the credentials of the applicant; (3) discusses the significance of the proposed research and its benefit to CSU; and (4) discusses the likelihood of the successful completion of the proposed research.
Click here for a PDF of the evaluation form.