The University of Iowa

Research Grants for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Representatives from the Graduate College, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Graduate Student Senate administers funding assistance for students enrolled in graduate programs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. 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. Each expense must individually justified and more expensive equipment will remain the property of the department at the completion of the degree program. Each item in the budget must be individually justified. 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.

Due to the recent outbreak of coronavirus and the accompanying travel advisories and travel restrictions, the Graduate College will be making decisions regarding international travel funding on a case by case basis.

For projects with budgets greater than $1,000, 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 or creative endeavor plan. Students applying for projects related to degree completion will receive priority and first semester graduate students are not eligible to receive the awards. 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/GPSG 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 deadline for the program is:

  • Spring: The grant deadline is February 9 at 5 p.m. (for Spring 2021 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. Please fill out the fillable pdf application form. The form requires information about the student's proposed research, scholarship, or creative endeavor (1,000 words), the location where the project will take place, a series of questions related to budget expenditures, and other sources of financial assistance available or pending.
  2. 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.
  3. An unofficial transcript.

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. Departments should submit the application online here.

Please Call or Email with Questions

  •  Executive Director of Operations Donna Welter (335-2145) or Associate Dean Shelly Campo (335-2136) or via email at