Graduate Student Research Resources

Academic Conference Fund

Presenting an academic project, a creative exhibit, and/or a performance at an academic conference can be a valuable experience which enriches a student’s understanding of a discipline and subsequent professions. ACF is intended to assist students in presenting/performing such projects.

Graduate and undergraduate students are able to apply for travel grants that range up to $500 for conference presenters (up to $750 for international conferences).  The purpose of these grants is to encourage student presentations at academic conferences by offsetting the cost of attendance. For more information click here.  The ACF is administered by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS).

Open Access Publishing Fund

The primary goal of this program is to remove financial barriers that prevent researchers from publishing in open access journals.  The Libraries will cover up to $3,000 of author submission fees to support the ability of researchers to publish in established open access peer-reviewed journals and peer-reviewed journals that have an open access option.  For more information click here.  The Open Access Publishing Fund is administered jointly by the University Libraries and the CSCE.


Presidential Research Grants

Grant awards of up to $1,000 are available to support the research projects of graduate students.  Applicants must be degree seeking and in good academic standing.  The research must be tied to completion of some aspect of the applicant’s graduate degree.  Typically, these grants are intended to support research undertaken for purposes of a thesis, dissertation, or final scholarly project. For more information click here. This fund is administered by the Office of Graduate Studies. 


Michigan Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowship Program

The Consortium offers a total of $100,000 of support in the form of graduate and undergraduate research and public service fellowships to students in aerospace, space science, Earth system science and other related science, engineering or mathematics fields. Students working on educational research topics in mathematics, science, or technology are also eligible to apply. Preference is given to projects directly related to aerospace, space science, Earth system science, and directly related educational efforts. Note: the mission of the MSGC includes creating, developing, and promoting programs that reflect NASA strategic interests. For more information click here.

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