Funding

Missouri State University offers a number of special funding opportunities for graduate students including thesis research, non-thesis research, and student travel funding.  Available during both the fall and spring semesters, this funding specifically supports your research and helps pay costs incurred while initiating or constructing your project.

Thesis Research Funding

The intent of Thesis Funding is to support student research by providing financial assistance to be used toward the costs incurred in thesis research projects.

All graduate student thesis projects initiated during the semester of application are eligible for funding.

Awards average approximately $500 for each thesis project.

The application deadline for Spring is February 20th.  The application deadline for Fall is September 30th.

For more information on general funding, eligibility, and the application process, please see Thesis Research Funding.

Non-Thesis Research Funding

This award was established to provide some degree of financial assistance to be used toward the costs incurred for research projects that are smaller in scope than a thesis.

All graduate student non-thesis projects initiated during the semester of application are eligible for funding.

Awards average approximately $200 for each project.

The application deadline for Spring is February 20th.  The application deadline for Fall is September 30th.

For more information on general funding, eligibility, and the application process, please see Non-Thesis Research Funding.

Graduate student travel funding

Graduate students can apply for funding assistance to present their research at conferences, symposiums and more.  Presentations at conferences that occur up to a year following graduation are eligible for student funding as long as the research was conducted, and the request for funding was submitted, while a graduate student at MSU. If conference timing does not allow this, students may request an exception from the Dean of the Graduate College. 

The student must be presenting at the conference, as opposed to simply attending.  Students may be listed as a single author or co-author.  Students attending a conference but not presenting will not be funded. 

Amount

The maximum award per graduate student is $300, contingent on the Graduate College having the funds available.  The maximum of $300 may be awarded for a single conference, or for more
than one conference, depending on the amount of funds requested by the student on the application.  Once the student has been awarded the maximum, she/he is not eligible for any additional graduate student travel funding.

Application details

Applications must be submitted to the Graduate College at least one month prior to travel. Funding will not be awarded post-travel. Each student should fill out an application and submit the required documentation along with the actual projected costs. However, if students plan to travel together and share expenses, they should submit their forms at the same time. The Graduate College will send notification regarding travel funding to the student(s) two weeks prior to the conference date. If multiple students are attending the same conference, they will be notified as a group with a single email.

Please read all instructions and provide all required documentation as noted on the link below entitled Graduate Student Travel Funding Application.   Applications submitted without the required documentation will not be processed.

Download the Graduate Student Travel Funding Application (Word Doc) 

Additional graduate student travel funding

If you are researching or writing thesis projects on any aspect of Latin American, Caribbean and/or Hispanic studies, you are eligible to apply for several grant and travel funding initiatives.

For more information and application materials, contact Dr. John F. Chuchiak IV in the history department.