If you plan to apply for the Research Award and your research includes travel: Students are eligible to apply for GSS travel awards with university-sponsored travel reinstated. Travel can increase your chance of getting or spreading COVID-19. Anyone traveling should carefully review the continuously updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance regarding travel. The CDC’s travel website offers detailed information about airline travel, both foreign and domestic, and other travel. Kent State requires university community members to contact the COVID Response Team in certain instances. Please get familiar with Kent State's COVID-19 reporting guidelines and Covid-19 FAQs for Kent State.

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

Post Award Survey (2020-2021)

Post Award Survey (2021-2022)

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.

2021-2022 Academic Year Deadlines

Fall - Open: Monday, August 23rd, 2021; Close: Monday, October 11th, 2021 by 11:59 pm 

Spring - Open: Monday, January 17th, 2022; Close: Monday, March 14th, 2022 by 11:59 pm 

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