The Catholic University of America

Graduate Student Dissertation/Research Reimbursement Grant



The Graduate Student Research Fund is designed to assist graduate students in long-term research projects toward the completion of an MA or PhD degree. The fund will reimburse travel (including airfare, taxi, and trains) hotel, food, and copying/paper/archival/related expenses. Other reimbursable funds could include software used for research or paying study participants. Documentation of all reimbursed expenses will be required. Those awarded the grant will be expected to give a brief presentation for the GSA regarding how they used their funding at the beginning of next fall semester. The awards will vary from $1,000 to $3,000 and should not be expected to cover all costs incurred.


All activity-fee paying graduate students are eligible to apply.

Previous recipients of the award are not eligible (effective since 2017-2018 academic year).

Selection Guidelines:

Selection will be based on the strength of the applicant’s personal statement, CV, letter of recommendation from advisor, as well as how critical the project is to the completion of the dissertation or thesis, and how the funding will help the student complete the project.

Selection Committee:

The selection committee will be composed of eight graduate students from various departments who will review applications. Two students will look at each application and the entire group will review the winners.

How to Apply: 

Application is due on January 20, 2018*.

Interested applicants should download and complete the application form - Dissertation/Research Reimbursement Grant Application.

Applicants should provide the recommendation form, located at the bottom of the application form, to his/her advisor. See the application form for more instructions about the supporting materials. Application packages should be submitted via email to by the due date.

*Due date has been extended to January 31, 2018.

2016-2017 Recipients

- Serene Habayeb

- Ruby Huynh

- Andrew Cuff