Graduate Student Research Grant

Harpur College Graduate Student Research Grant

Submit materials electronically via Google Form link below: 

Application Form  

2022-2023 Submission Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2023

Please submit your proposal in advance of the deadline, if possible.


Support from the Harpur Dean’s Graduate Investment Initiative Fund, established through the generosity of alumnus Mitchell J. Lieberman '80 and Susan Lieberman, is a grant program aimed to provide funding that will foster the research, scholarly, and creative activities of Harpur College graduate students connected with degree completion through projects, thesis, and dissertation activities. Review criteria are based on the soundness of the research proposal.

Award Amount

Applicants can request up to $2,000. To fund as many projects as possible, we encourage applicants to request only the minimum amount needed. 

All awarded funds must be spent by the end of the academic year (i.e., end of spring semester 2024) following the award date. Funds cannot be rolled over. Applicants are asked to focus proposals on activities that can be accomplished in the time available.  At the conclusion of the award period, awardees must submit a report on their accomplishments. Failure to submit a report on time will prevent consideration for future funding. 


All current graduate students in good academic standing within a Harpur College graduate program are eligible for this program.

Application Materials

Please submit the following materials through this form. The application requires a project title, an abstract (limited to 750 characters and suitable for general audiences), a letter of support from your advisor (submitted here), your transcript, and a project description (5,000 character limit). Your application should include a detailed schedule for the proposed work and be written in a style that is accessible to reviewers outside your discipline and to a general audience. The documentation will also require a detailed budget, and an up-to-date CV (max 3 pages). 

Use of Funds 

Funds may be used for:

  • Purchase of equipment, supplies, and materials;
  • Costs associated with human or animal subjects;
  • Field research costs;
  • Research related travel

 We are unable to fund hourly wages or summer salaries.  All expenditures must be in compliance with Harpur College, BU Foundation, University, and SUNY regulations. 


Proposals are evaluated by the Harpur College Internal Awards Committee.  Given the wide variety of backgrounds held by reviewers, proposals should be written for a general audience. The committees will consider these factors in their evaluation:

  • The project’s scholarly, creative, or artistic merits as well as the proposal’s clarity and coherence;
  • The significance of the project for progress towards completion of your degree;
  • Letter of support from your advisor;
  • The likelihood that you will be able to complete the proposed work during the award period;
  • Your academic standing and record as determined by your transcript.


We expect to notify awardees by early April.


Please contact Diane Horvath or Carl Lipo.