If you plan to apply for the Research Award and your research includes travel: Please be aware that the Research Award (and any other GSS award) is under the university-sponsored travel restrictions that has been implemented until further notice.  If you plan to apply for the Research Award, please know that we are unable to fund any travel expenses.  This includes air travel, gas reimbursement, hotel rooms, parking, tolls, rental cars, or similar expenses.

If your research has been altered slightly due to COVID-19: So long as you are registered for courses for thesis/dissertation hours as a part-time or full-time graduate student, we will be reviewing applications to alter your work slightly in order to continue use of this award.  If this applies to you, please fill out an amendment/extension form.  This is only for projects which are still similar to your initial proposal which was submitted with your application.  These will be reviewed by the GSS Executive Board (simply for the purpose of the current circumstances).  For projects that have changed substantially, you must reapply for the RA when feasible for your new project.

If your research project was canceled due to COVID-19: Please contact the Advocacy Chair directly so we can know that your funding is no longer needed.

The Graduate Student Senate Research Award is a competitive award that supports research or project-related expenses for Kent State University graduate students.

Applicants: Apply for the Research Award

Letter-writers: Submit Letter of Recommendation

Research Award Guidelines

Application-blinding Guidelines

Research Award Judging Rubric

The judging rubric above will be used by the award committee when they review applications.

If you are awarded the Research Award, please see instructions for payment in your Award Letter. You will need to email your award letter and funding form to the Advocacy Chair. Please view our Business Manager list if you are unsure about who your academic unit's business manager is in the case of departmental reimbursement. Once you have submitted your award letter and funding form, you should receive your award in your bursar account within 21 business days.

2020-2021 Academic Year Deadlines

Fall - October 12, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.

Spring - March 8, 2021 by 11:59 p.m

The Non Resident Award Letter (PDF) pertains to non-resident students who have received an award from the Graduate Student Senate. Please read for further information. The Resident Award Letter (DOCX) pertains to U.S. resident students who have received an award from the Graduate Student Senate.  Please read for further information. Please refer to the GSS Bylaws for further clarification into the policies and procedures associated with this Grant (Articles V-VIII).

For questions regarding the Research Award, please contact Advocacy Chair, Anna Solberg, at