Student Research Funding​

Research funding opportunities are available to students for creative research projects in arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The Committee on Grants (COG) accepts applications four times throughout the academic year. Students may apply for one of the following types of research grants during the open application periods (see table below). 

  1. Student Research Grants provide additional support for student research projects whose need exceeds the resources of departmental budgets. Most successful applications are for advanced independent research or artistic projects (e.g. 390 or 490), but collaborative projects are also eligible for funds. The maximum for these student research grants is $400 per year.
  2. Leser Grants provide funds for outstanding student-initiated research projects in the natural sciences, up to $1,000 per year.
  3. Nissley Grants provide funds for outstanding student-initiated research projects in the arts, humanities, or social sciences, up to $1,000 per year.
  4. Rockhold funds are grants for economic research in developing countries, up to $3,000 per grant.

Please use this application to apply for a COG grant, although the application is only open during specified periods (Round 1 in early September, Round 2 in early October, Round 3 in early February and Round 4, if funds are still available, in mid-March). See sample copy of the application for details.


  • COG funding will not be provided for research which has already commenced; please submit a COG application before you begin your project, and after you have applied, do not begin your project without an email of approval from the Committee on Grants. 
  • Students who receive COG funding are expected to present their research findings at either the Fall or Spring Research Fairs.
  • If your project involves human subject study or vertebrate animal research, you will need prior approval to conduct that research by the applicable regulatory committee (Institutional Review Board (IRB)/Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) before submitting your COG application. 


COG Application Deadlines 


Round 1

Weds.,  Sept. 1, 2021


Weds.,  Sept. 8, 2021


Sept. 20


Round 2

Faculty Only apply for Summer Research Scholars; Early Application

Weds.  Oct. 13,  2021


Weds. Dec. 1, 2021

Weds. Oct. 20,  2021


Weds. Dec. 8, 2021

Oct. 27


Dec. 17

Round 3

Faculty Only apply for Summer Research Scholars; Regular Application

Weds. Jan. 26,  2022


Weds., Feb. 2,  2022

Weds., Feb. 2,  2022


Weds., Feb. 9,  2022

Feb. 9


Feb. 16-18

If funds remain:    Round 4


Weds. Mar. 23,  2022


Weds.  Mar. 30,  2022


April 6



COG Funding and Success 

During the 2020-2021 academic year, COG awarded more than :

  • $43,000 to support 43 faculty research projects 
  • $38,000 to support 31 student research and creative projects
  • $331,000 from the Hackman, Eyler,  Schuyler and Humanities Endowments for Summer Research Scholars, which supported 78 students on 51 collaborative research projects with faculty during the summer of 2021.  
  • $22,500 of external faculty-held grant funds (such as NSF and NIH) supported 7 Summer Research Scholars doing research work with 4 faculty members.









Autumn and Spring Research Fairs

These research fairs provide opportunities for each student to bring together the tangible results of the collective research effort conducted over the past summer and academic year. To view some of the numerous research projects funded by the COG and showcased in these fairs, please look through the 

F&M Research

Additional Funding Resources for Students

For more undergraduate/post-graduate funding resources, please visit the fellowship opportunities for students and alumni page here.
  • Students traveling to conferences to present posters or papers may apply for funding through the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs. Questions may be directed to Jennifer Miller.

  • The Office of International Programs has information on funding opportunities for off-campus study programs, independent projects, and internships.

*For information regarding departmental awards, contact the relevant department