Application Requirements

GIASR Application

To apply for the Grants-in-Aid of Scholarship and Research (GIASR) Program, students should first identify a Truman faculty or staff member who agrees to serve as the student’s research mentor, then work with the research mentor to prepare the application materials.

Selection Criteria

GIASR applications will be reviewed by faculty across a number of disciplines and not necessarily in the students’ area of study. Applications should be geared towards an intelligent general audience. Excellent proposals will clearly state what the objective, outcome and methodology is that will be used.

Application Requirements

Please compile the following materials and then when they are ready, submit your complete GIASR application online at

1. Description of the overall project (500-word maximum, not including IRB/IACUC plan or references):

A. A research project description, including:

  • A research question or line of inquiry
  • The rationale for researching the question
  • A brief description of the methodology or research plan that is appropriate to the scope of the proposed project.

B. Description of the educational benefits for the student (2-4 sentences)

C. References or works cited that are relevant to the proposed research

2. Budget (one-page maximum)

Grants-in-Aid of Scholarship and Research provide funds of up to $750 per semester. Allowed expenses include:

  • student institutional pay
  • travel to conduct research (but not to attend or present at a conference)
  • supplies (books, lab supplies, art supplies, office supplies, sheet music, etc.)
  • software

3. IRB or IACUC Plan (only if the research involves human or animal subjects)

A. A plan to acquire approval from the Institutional Review Board or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee  before the start of the research project

B. A statement describing the status of the IRB or IACUC submission (in progress, approved, intending to apply by a certain date)

Note: Funds will not be dispersed until IRB or IACUC approval is granted.

Please include an itemized table and a brief budget justification. Please indicate if shipping and handling is included or not. Click here for example budgets and justifications.

Student may not be dually compensated for research with academic credit (capstone course or independent study) and student institutional pay from a GIASR grant during the same semester. However, funds may be requested from one or more of the other budget categories.