Bayh College of Education Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Fund

GSRPD Application Form 

The Bayh College of Education has established a Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Fund to support and encourage student research and professional activity under the guidance of sponsoring BCOE faculty advisors. BCOE graduate students in degree programs are invited to apply for funding to assist with research activities/supplies or dissemination of research through such activities as presenting at a professional conference related to a student’s enrolled program.


The priority deadline for applications is noon September 30th for Fall/Spring grants and noon February 1st for Spring/Summer grants—or the first business day thereafter.


Any currently enrolled graduate student in the Bayh College of Education who is working toward a graduate degree may apply. Full-time faculty and staff who are simultaneously enrolled in a graduate program may not apply. Students may submit only one request per semester. Students may receive only one award annually (e.g., awarded Fall 2023, then eligible again Fall 2024). All proposed travel must occur during the approved time frame.

Application Process

Student should submit the following materials electronically as single Adobe PDF file with the materials organized clearly in the order laid out below. Note: applications over the page limit, missing requirement information, or out of order will likely be rejected.

1. A brief 2-5 page proposal to the Bayh College of Education that includes

       a. Student Name, Program, Campus Address (including email and phone number), Start Term (e.g., Fall23, SPR24, SUM2024), and University ID number.

       b. Faculty Sponsor. The faculty sponsor must be a regular member of the ISU BCOE Graduate Faculty.

       c. Title of Project

       d. Indicate if the grant is for Research or Travel

       e. Project Narrative describing the project by providing brief background (literature review) and methodology. The narrative should include a description of the project or specific need (such as required supplies, travel, and so on. The narrative must be written for a general audience (i.e., should be understandable by any ISU professor).

       f. IRB approval letter for the project (if original research)

      g. Budget (including department or program contribution – as well as grant cost share, if any). A detailed budget for the entire project as well as requested budget should be included. Travel estimates must use criteria found at the travel office for the university ( Note: All travel must be completed during the period indicated in the proposal.

      h. Budget Justification that defines all budget items and explains why they are necessary.

2. Letter of Support from the sponsoring BCOE Faculty member that clearly indicates the faculty member has reviewed the proposal and indicates if additional resources from the department or grants will be used to support the project. If department resources are used, the Bayh College of Education requires that the department chairperson countersign the letter of support. This letter must be scanned as a PDF and included in the proposal.

3. Appendix. Students should attach additional supporting materials such as quotes for equipment, travel expenses, proof of registration at a conference, or letters of acceptance.

Award Amounts and Delivery

Students may apply for up to $300 for research activities involving dissertation research and $500 for professional development activities (amounts may vary based upon funding available). Monies will be transferred to the BCOE academic department to cover expenses associated with the project upon award decision.  Student recipients must work with the department staff in advance of travel or expenditures to ensure that the proper reimbursement procedures are followed.  Failure to file appropriate paperwork may result in students not receiving reimbursement.

Selection Process

The Bayh College of Education’s highest funding priorities are supplies and expenses associated with research activities and the dissemination of research and scholarship. The program will also provide support for professional development depending on the availability of funds. Proposals will be assessed based on the quality of the submitted proposal. The review committee will make recommendations to the Dean of the Bayh College of Education.  Failure to follow instructions may result in proposals not being reviewed.

Reporting Requirements and Related Obligations

  • Recipients are required to submit a brief 2-page summary of project outcomes. The report should include preliminary data analysis, copies of presentation (e.g., copies of PowerPoint, digital audio files, etc.), and/or other documentation relevant to proposal.
  • Students who fail to submit a summary report will be ineligible for future awards.


All proposals should be submitted as a single Adobe PDF file electronically to Karen Meeks in the dean’s office with the subject line ―STUDENT RESEARCH GRANT. Please name your pdf as follows: lastname_semester_GRANT. (Example: Smith_F23_GRANT.pdf).