Missouri State offers a number of special funding opportunities for graduate students.

Thesis research funding

Available during for both the fall and spring semesters, this funding specifically supports your thesis research and helps pay any extraordinary or unusual costs incurred while initiating or constructing your project.


Awards of approximately $500 are provided to help defray the real costs of supplies, materials, and travel needed to facilitate student research.

Application deadline

  • Fall 2015: October 2, 2015

Download the Thesis Research Funding Guidelines and Application.

Graduate student travel funding

You can apply for funding assistance to present your research results at conferences, symposiums and more.


The average award is $200, although some situations result in slightly smaller or slightly larger awards (not to exceed $300).

Application details

Applications must be submitted to the Graduate College at least two weeks prior to travel. Funding will not be awarded post-travel.

If more than one student in your department or program will be presenting at the same conference, one combined application should be submitted.

The project being presented must be the result of work fulfilling the research requirement for the student's graduate program (thesis or seminar/degree paper).

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.