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Funding Opportunities for Students

Undergraduate
Funding
The University Research Committee (URC) will no longer be funding Student Research and Travel. However, please be aware that student funding is available from the Provost Graduate Student Research and Provost Undergraduate Research Awards.

Provost Undergraduate Student Travel Award

Undergraduate students actively pursuing a degree at Oakland University are invited to apply for travel grants. These awards are limited to a maximum of $400 each.

Student travel grant awards are intended to be used by students to travel to a conference to present a paper. Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • The applicant must be the actual presenter.
  • The student must be enrolled at the time of travel, but recently graduated students may be funded to present a paper at a conference up to six months after graduation.
  • Applications must be submitted online through infoReady REVIEW.
  • The applicant(s) must have a GPA of at least 3.0 and attach a transcript to the online application. An advising copy of the transcript obtained from SAIL is acceptable.
  • Verification, such as registration confirmation, date and location of the conference, as well as title of the paper must be provided.
  • A faculty mentor must be identified and submit a Mentor Reference Letter through the infoReady REVIEW

Deadlines for application submission are:

  • September 15* – for travel between October 1 and January 1
  • December 1 – for travel between January 2 and April 1
  • March 1 – for travel between April 2 and July 1
  • June 1 – for travel between July 2 and September 30

*Note:  The September 15 deadline has been extended to October 1.

If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Kooiman at kooiman2@oakland.edu or (248) 370-2762.


Provost Undergraduate Research Award

Provost Undergraduate Student Research Award

Deadlines: Applications will be reviewed twice a year.  The deadlines are as follows: 

  • 2nd Monday of October
  • 2nd Monday of February

Award: up to $1,500

Eligibility: To be eligible you must

  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate student at OU 
  • Have an OU GPA of 3.0 or better 
  • Have a full-time OU faculty member willing to mentor your project

For assistance or additional information:

Dr. David Stone, Associate Vice President for Research
The Research Office
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
Tel: (248) 370-2762, email: kooiman2@oakland.edu

Guidelines

Funding Source: Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Goal: To expose undergraduate students to the challenges and excitement of research

Summary: The Provost Undergraduate Student Research Award invites applications from undergraduate students enrolled at Oakland University (OU) who are interested in carrying out an independent research project. Selection is based on the academic strengths of the student applicant, the quality of the proposal, the merit of the learning goals, and the recommendation of the mentor.

A vital part of the undergraduate student research is the interaction between the student and the faculty mentor prior to submission of a research proposal and throughout the project period. Although most students work on projects in their major field of interest, this research program allows students the opportunity to explore other fields. It will be up to eligible students to provide sufficient background information to demonstrate that they are qualified to work on a project in the proposed area of interest.
 
Application Guidelines:

  • Identify a faculty mentor who is a full-time OU faculty.   The faculty mentor is responsible for completing the Mentor Reference Letter.  There will be a field in the online application  asking for the “Letter Writer Email Address.”  Enter your mentor’s email address and he/she will receive an automatic email asking them to submit a Mentor Reference Letter.
  • Complete and submit an online application in infoReady REVIEW.
  • Applications must be attached to the online application as one file (preferably in PDF format) and should include the following elements:
  •  
    • A title page with the project title, applicant name(s), affiliation (School, College, Department, or other unit) and a project abstract of 200 words or less. The abstract must be jargon-free and written in layman's terms.
    • A project description that may not exceed two pages, single-spaced, Arial 11-pt with a 1" margin on all sides.  The project description is intended to read like a letter of intent and should address the following:
      • Your interest in the proposed project and how you arrived at it
      • A brief description of your project, including your research question and the (basic) approach and methods you will use to address it
      • Your learning goals for the project (what tools, techniques, skills, or other knowledge or competencies you hope to gain through the project)
      • Timetable for the project (most projects should be sufficiently complex as to take up most of a semester to complete; exceptions should be justified)
    • On a separate page, include a bibliography listing any references cited in the project description.
    • On a separate page, include a brief bio about yourself and include your current GPA. This is in addition to the two-page project description.
    • Fill out the Budget Template (found on the right side of The Research Office-Funding Opportunities for Students webpage), which should be filled out and attached to the application.  The budget should not exceed $1500 for project costs, and should include a justification for those expenses. Costs may include travel costs to complete the project, but not costs for conference travel related to presenting findings.
    • Please note that applicants not funded may revise and resubmit their proposals for the next competition.

Mentor Reference Letter Instructions

  1. Mentors are expected to review the student's application prior to him/her submitting the application, and to help guide the student to make it understandable to an inter-disciplinary group. 
  2. Submit a Mentor Reference Letter that follows the same deadline as the Provost Undergraduate Student Research Awards deadline. The letter should indicate support for the student and their project and justify that recommendation. The letter should also discuss the learning objectives listed in the student’s proposal and indicate work to be done by the mentor to ensure that those learning objectives are met.
  3. The mentor will receive an automatic email once the student submits an application in infoReady REVIEW.  The mentor will then submit the Mentor Reference Letter through the infoReady REVIEW system.

Regulatory Compliance:  

If the proposed project involves the use of human subjects, animals, or hazardous/radioactive materials, approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and/or Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) must be obtained before work can be initiated or else the applicant must clearly state why this approval is not required. The student and mentor should submit compliance applications only once they have received notice that their project has been funded.  Confirmation of compliance approval is required before funding is received.  For assistance, contact the Director of Regulatory Support in the The Research Office at (248) 370-2762. 

 Application Deadline

Award Announcement

Final Report Due

2nd Monday of October

3rd week in November

90 Days

2nd Monday of February

1st week in April

90 Days

A final report of the project must be submitted within one year of the funding date. It should not exceed five pages and should summarize the outcomes and results of the project.  Any publications or conference presentations that resulted from the project should be listed in the report.  Please upload the report in infoReady REVIEW.

Note: Equipment purchased with grant money reverts back to the unit/department at the end of the research project period.

UNDERGRADUATE SECOND ROUND AWARDS

Students who have completed a PRSA application are eligible to compete for a Round 2 Award. Round 2 Awards provide an additional $3,000 to further their research using the findings from their initial PSRA as the basis for their further work. Students interested in pursuing a Round 2 Award must file an Intent to Apply notice with The Research Office the first Monday of October 2018. All applicants deemed eligible must then attend a grant-writing seminar prior to submitting their proposal. Students applying for R2As will use the appropriate Graduate PSRA form their field of study. All R2As will be reviewed using a two-stage review process. In Stage 1, applications will be reviewed by ad hoc reviewers in their discipline and scored for technical merit. In Stage 2, the PSRA review committee will make final selections based on merit of the proposals and the availability funding.


Summer Undergraduate Program in Eye Research (SUPER)

SUPER 2014 Program Activities
  • In this 12-week independent laboratory research project, participants are matched with laboratories based on their interest and availability.
  • One-on-one meetings are held with faculty mentors at the beginning of the program for students to discuss their planned projects.
  • There are weekly coffee breaks with ERI faculty, postdoctoral fellows, research associates and staff, which include snacks and discussion.
  • Lectures by ERI researchers and clinical faculty from William Beaumont Hospital introduce current concepts in eye research, vision science and ophthalmology.
  • Alumni-sponsored lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Summer picnic and BBQ at a local park. Volleyball tournament vs. ERI faculty.
  • End-of-program symposium for students to present results of their research, including an awards ceremony and buffet lunch.
view 2014 SUPER program dates and information

Download 2014 SUPER application package
Graduate
Funding
The University Research Committee (URC) will no longer be funding Student Research and Travel. However, please be aware that student funding is available from the Provost Graduate Student Research and Provost Undergraduate Research Awards.

Provost Graduate Student Travel Awards

Graduate students actively pursuing a degree at Oakland University are invited to apply for travel grants. These awards are limited to a maximum of $500 each.

Student travel grant awards are intended to be used by students to travel to a conference to present a paper. Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • The applicant must be the actual presenter.
  • The student must be enrolled at the time of travel, but recently graduated students may be funded to present a paper at a conference up to six months after graduation.
  • Applications must be submitted online through infoReady REVIEW.
  • The applicant(s) must have a GPA of at least 3.0 and attach a transcript to the online application. An advising copy of the transcript obtained from SAIL is acceptable.
  • Verification, such as registration confirmation, date and location of the conference, as well as title of the paper must be provided. 
  • A faculty mentor must be identified and submit a Mentor Reference Letter through the infoReady REVIEW

Deadlines for application submission are:

  • September 15* – for travel between October 1 and January 1
  • December 1 – for travel between January 2 and April 1
  • March 1 – for travel between April 2 and July 1
  • June 1 – for travel between July 2 and September 30

*The September 15 deadline has been extended to October 1.

If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Kooiman at kooiman2@oakland.edu or (248) 370-2762.


Provost Graduate Student Research Awards: Science, Quantitative Social Science, Engineering and Mathematics

Deadlines: Applications will be reviewed twice a year.  The deadlines are as follows: 

  • 2nd Monday of October
  • 2nd Monday of February

Award: up to $1,500

$1,500 to support a student research or creative activity project 

  • Projects must be of sufficient scope to last for a minimum of one semester (15 weeks) and be conducted under supervision of a full-time OU faculty mentor. Shorter projects require specific justification.
  • A final report of the project must be submitted within one year of the funding date. It should not exceed five pages and should summarize the outcomes and results of the project.  Any publications or conference presentations that resulted from the project should be listed in the report.  Please upload the report in infoReady REVIEW

Note:   Equipment purchased with grant money reverts back to the unit/department at the end of the research project period.  Unspent funds revert to The Research Office.

Eligibility: To be eligible you must

  • Be enrolled as a graduate student at OU 
  • Have an OU GPA of 3.0 or better 
  • Have a full-time OU faculty member willing to endorse/mentor your project

For assistance or additional information:

Dr. David Stone, Associate Vice President for Research
The Research Office
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
Tel: (248) 370-2762, email: kooiman2@oakland.edu

Guidelines

Funding Source: Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs 

Goal:
 To support research and creative activity undertaken by students in the pursuit of a graduate degree

Summary:
 The Provost Graduate Student Research Award invites applications from graduate students enrolled at Oakland University (OU) who are interested in carrying out an independent research project. Selection is based on the academic strengths of the student applicant in conjunction with the quality, significance and potential impact of the proposed research project. A vital part of the graduate student research is the interaction between the student and the faculty mentor prior to submission of a research proposal and throughout the project period. Although most students work on projects in their major field of interest, this research program provides an opportunity for students to explore other fields. It will be up to eligible students to provide sufficient background information to demonstrate that they are qualified to work on a project in the proposed area of interest. 

Application Guidelines:

  • Identify a faculty mentor who is a full-time OU faculty. The faculty mentor is responsible for completing the Mentor Reference Letter. (See Mentor Reference Letter Instructions below.)
  • Enter your mentor’s email address and he/she will receive an automatic email asking them to submit a Mentor Reference Letter. (There will be a field in the online application asking for the “Letter Writer Email Address.”)
  • Complete and submit an online application in infoReady REVIEW.
  • Proposals must be attached to the online application as one file (preferably in PDF format) and should include the following elements:

  • A title page with the project title, applicant name(s), affiliation (School, College, Department, or other unit) and a project abstract of 200 words or less. The abstract must be jargon-free and written in layman's terms.
  • A project description that may not exceed four pages, single-spaced, Arial 11-pt with a 1" margin on all sides. The project description should address the following:
    • Introduction/Needs Assessment
    • Objectives/Goals
    • Significance/Impact
    • Specific Aims
    • Methodology/Approach (Note: Methods for your specific aims need to be detailed, especially when they are part of a bigger project.)
    • Outcomes/Deliverables
    • Timetable
  • Review Criteria: Significance, Investigator, Innovation, Approach
  • On a separate page, include a bibliography listing any references that are cited in the project description.
  • On a separate page, include a brief bio about yourself and include your current GPA. This is in addition to the project description.
  • Fill out the Budget Template (found on the right side of The Research Office-Funding Opportunities for Students webpage), which should be attached to the application. The budget should not exceed $1500 for project costs, and should include a justification for those expenses. Costs may include travel costs to complete the project, but not costs for conference travel related to presenting findings.
  • Please note that applicants not funded may revise and resubmit their proposals for the next competition.

Mentor Reference Letter Instructions

  • Mentors are expected to review the student's application prior to him/her submitting the application, and to help guide the student to make it understandable to an inter-disciplinary group.
  • Submit a Mentor Reference Letter that follows the same deadline as the Provost Graduate Student Research Awards deadline. The letter should indicate support for the student and their project and justify that recommendation.
  • The mentor will receive an automatic email once the student submits an application in infoReady REVIEW. The mentor will then submit the Mentor Reference Letter through the infoReady REVIEW system.

Regulatory Compliance:  

If the proposed project involves the use of human subjects, animals, or hazardous/radioactive materials, approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and/or Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) must be obtained before work can be initiated or else the applicant must clearly state why this approval is not required. The Principal Investigator (PI) is allowed to submit the compliance approval after the application is submitted.  Confirmation of compliance approval is required before funding is received.  For assistance, contact the Regulatory Compliance Officer in The Research Office at (248) 370-2762.  

 Application Deadline

Award Announcement

Final Report Due

2nd Monday of October

3rd week in November

90 Days

2nd Monday of February

1st week in April

90 Days


Provost Graduate Student Research Awards: Music, Theatre and Dance

PLEASE NOTE:  Students applying as a group should contact The Research Office at kooiman2@oakland.edu or (248) 370-2762 in advance for instructions in completing their proposal.

Deadlines: Applications will be reviewed twice a year.  The deadlines are as follows: 

  • 2nd Monday of October
  • 2nd Monday of February

Award: up to $1,500

$1,500 to support a student research or creative activity project 

  • Projects must be of sufficient scope to last for a minimum of one semester (15 weeks) and be conducted under supervision of a full-time OU faculty mentor. Shorter projects require specific justification.
  • A final report of the project must be submitted within one year of the funding date. It should not exceed five pages and should summarize the outcomes and results of the project.  Any publications or conference presentations that resulted from the project should be listed in the report.  Please upload the report in infoReady REVIEW

Note:  Equipment purchased with grant money reverts back to the unit/department at the end of the research project period.  Unspent funds revert to The Research Office.

Eligibility: To be eligible you must

  • Be enrolled as a graduate student at OU 
  • Have an OU GPA of 3.0 or better 
  • Have a full-time OU faculty member willing to endorse/mentor your project

For assistance or additional information:

Dr. David Stone, Associate Vice President for Research
The Research Office
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
Tel: (248) 370-2762, email: kooiman2@oakland.edu

Guidelines

Funding Source: Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs 

Goal:
 To support research and creative activity undertaken by students in the pursuit of a graduate degree

Summary:
 The Provost Graduate Student Research Award invites applications from graduate students enrolled at Oakland University (OU) who are interested in carrying out an independent research project. Selection is based on the academic strengths of the student applicant in conjunction with the quality, significance and potential impact of the proposed research project. A vital part of the graduate student research is the interaction between the student and the faculty mentor prior to submission of a research proposal and throughout the project period. Although most students work on projects in their major field of interest, this research program provides an opportunity for students to explore other fields. It will be up to eligible students to provide sufficient background information to demonstrate that they are qualified to work on a project in the proposed area of interest.

Application Guidelines:

  • Identify a faculty mentor who is a full-time OU faculty. The faculty mentor is responsible for completing the Mentor Reference Letter. (See Mentor Reference Letter Instructions below.)
  • Enter your mentor’s email address and he/she will receive an automatic email asking them to submit a Mentor Reference Letter. (There will be a field in the online application  asking for the “Letter Writer Email Address.”)
  • Complete and submit an online application in infoReady REVIEW.
  • Proposals must be attached to the online application as one file (preferably in PDF format) and should include the following elements:

  • A title page with the project title, applicant name(s), affiliation (School, College, Department, or other unit) and a project abstract of 200 words or less. The abstract must be jargon-free and written in layman's terms.
  • A project description that may not exceed four pages, single-spaced, Arial 11-pt with a 1" margin on all sides. The project description should address the following:
    • Introduction/Background of the Project
    • Description of the Project/Performance
    • Work Plan or Timeline, if relevant
  • Review Criteria: Artistic excellence of the performer(s), artistic merit of the project
  • On a separate page, include a bibliography listing any references that are cited in the project description.
  • On a separate page, include a brief bio about yourself and include your current GPA. This is in addition to the project description.
  • Fill out the Budget Template (found on the right side of The Research Office-Funding Opportunities for Students webpage), which should be attached to the application. The budget should not exceed $1500 for project costs, and should include a justification for those expenses. Costs may include travel costs to complete the project or performance, but not costs for conference travel related to presenting findings.
  • Please note that applicants not funded may revise and resubmit their proposals for the next competition.

Mentor Reference Letter Instructions

  • Mentors are expected to review the student's application prior to him/her submitting the application, and to help guide the student to make it understandable to an inter-disciplinary group.
  • Submit a Mentor Reference Letter that follows the same deadline as the Provost Graduate Student Research Awards deadline. The letter should indicate support for the student and their project and justify that recommendation.
  • The mentor will receive an automatic email once the student submits an application in infoReady REVIEW. The mentor will then submit the Mentor Reference Letter through the infoReady REVIEW system.

Regulatory Compliance:  

If the proposed project involves the use of human subjects, animals, or hazardous/radioactive materials, approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and/or Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) must be obtained before work can be initiated or else the applicant must clearly state why this approval is not required. The Principal Investigator (PI) is allowed to submit the compliance approval after the application is submitted.  Confirmation of compliance approval is required before funding is received.  For assistance, contact the Regulatory Compliance Officer in The Research Office at (248) 370-2762.  

 Application Deadline

Award Announcement

Final Report Due

2nd Monday of October

3rd week in November

90 Days

2nd Monday of February

1st week in April

90 Days

 


Provost Graduate Student Research Awards: Qualitative Social Sciences

Deadlines: Applications will be reviewed twice a year.  The deadlines are as follows: 

  • 2nd Monday of October
  • 2nd Monday of February

Award: up to $1,500

$1,500 to support a student research or creative activity project 

  • Projects must be of sufficient scope to last for a minimum of one semester (15 weeks) and be conducted under supervision of a full-time OU faculty mentor. Shorter projects require specific justification.
  • A final report of the project must be submitted within one year of the funding date. It should not exceed five pages and should summarize the outcomes and results of the project.  Any publications or conference presentations that resulted from the project should be listed in the report.  Please upload the report in infoReady REVIEW

Note:   Equipment purchased with grant money reverts back to the unit/department at the end of the research project period.  Unspent funds revert to The Research Office.

Eligibility: To be eligible you must

  • Be enrolled as a graduate student at OU 
  • Have an OU GPA of 3.0 or better 
  • Have a full-time OU faculty member willing to endorse/mentor your project

For assistance or additional information:

Dr. David Stone, Associate Vice President for Research
The Research Office
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
Tel: (248) 370-2762, email: kooiman2@oakland.edu

Guidelines

Funding Source: Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs 

Goal:
 To support research and creative activity undertaken by students in the pursuit of a graduate degree

Summary:
 The Provost Graduate Student Research Award invites applications from graduate students enrolled at Oakland University (OU) who are interested in carrying out an independent research project. Selection is based on the academic strengths of the student applicant in conjunction with the quality, significance and potential impact of the proposed research project. A vital part of the graduate student research is the interaction between the student and the faculty mentor prior to submission of a research proposal and throughout the project period. Although most students work on projects in their major field of interest, this research program provides an opportunity for students to explore other fields. It will be up to eligible students to provide sufficient background information to demonstrate that they are qualified to work on a project in the proposed area of interest.

Application Guidelines:

  • Identify a faculty mentor who is a full-time OU faculty. The faculty mentor is responsible for completing the Mentor Reference Letter. (See Mentor Reference Letter Instructions below.)
  • Enter your mentor’s email address and he/she will receive an automatic email asking them to submit a Mentor Reference Letter. (There will be a field in the online application asking for the “Letter Writer Email Address.”)
  • Complete and submit an online application in infoReady REVIEW.
  • Proposals must be attached to the online application as one file (preferably in PDF format) and should include the following elements:

  • A title pagewith the project title, applicant name(s), affiliation (School, College, Department, or other unit) and a project abstract of 200 words or less. The abstract must be jargon-free and written in layman's terms.
  • A project description that may not exceed four pages, single-spaced, Arial 11-pt with a 1" margin on all sides. The project description should address the following:
    • Introduction/Needs Assessment
    • Objectives/Goals
    • Significance/Impact
    • Methodology/Approach
    • Outcomes/Deliverables
    • Timetable
  • Review Criteria: Significance, Investigator, Approach
  • On a separate page, include a bibliography listing any references that are cited in the project description.
  • On a separate page, include a brief bio about yourself and include your current GPA. This is in addition to the project description. 
  • Fill out the Budget Template (found on the right side of The Research Office-Funding Opportunities for Students webpage), which should be attached to the application. The budget should not exceed $1500 for project costs, and should include a justification for those expenses. Costs may include travel costs to complete the project, but not costs for conference travel related to presenting findings.
  • Please note that applicants not funded may revise and resubmit their proposals for the next competition.

Mentor Reference Letter Instructions

  • Mentors are expected to review the student's application prior to him/her submitting the application, and to help guide the student to make it understandable to an inter-disciplinary group.
  • Submit a Mentor Reference Letter that follows the same deadline as the Provost Graduate Student Research Awards deadline. The letter should indicate support for the student and their project and justify that recommendation.
  • The mentor will receive an automatic email once the student submits an application in infoReady REVIEW. The mentor will then submit the Mentor Reference Letter through the infoReady REVIEW system.

Regulatory Compliance:  

If the proposed project involves the use of human subjects, animals, or hazardous/radioactive materials, approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and/or Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) must be obtained before work can be initiated or else the applicant must clearly state why this approval is not required. The Principal Investigator (PI) is allowed to submit the compliance approval after the application is submitted.  Confirmation of compliance approval is required before funding is received.  For assistance, contact the Regulatory Compliance Officer in The Research Office at (248) 370-2762.  

 Application Deadline

Award Announcement

Final Report Due

2nd Monday of October

3rd week in November

90 Days

2nd Monday of February

1st week in April

90 Days

 


Provost Graduate Student Research Awards: Humanities

Deadlines: Applications will be reviewed twice a year.  The deadlines are as follows: 

  • 2nd Monday of October
  • 2nd Monday of February

Award: up to $1,500

$1,500 to support a student research or creative activity project 

  • Projects must be of sufficient scope to last for a minimum of one semester (15 weeks) and be conducted under supervision of a full-time OU faculty mentor. Shorter projects require specific justification.
  • A final report of the project must be submitted within one year of the funding date. It should not exceed five pages and should summarize the outcomes and results of the project.  Any publications or conference presentations that resulted from the project should be listed in the report.  Please upload the report in infoReady REVIEW

Note:   Equipment purchased with grant money reverts back to the unit/department at the end of the research project period.  Unspent funds revert to The Research Office.

Eligibility: To be eligible you must

  • Be enrolled as a graduate student at OU 
  • Have an OU GPA of 3.0 or better 
  • Have a full-time OU faculty member willing to endorse/mentor your project

For assistance or additional information:

Dr. David Stone, Associate Vice President for Research
The Research Office
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
Tel: (248) 370-2762, email: kooiman2@oakland.edu

Guidelines

Funding Source: Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs 

Goal:
 To support research and creative activity undertaken by students in the pursuit of a graduate degree

Summary:
 The Provost Graduate Student Research Award invites applications from graduate students enrolled at Oakland University (OU) who are interested in carrying out an independent research project. Selection is based on the academic strengths of the student applicant in conjunction with the quality, significance and potential impact of the proposed research project. A vital part of the graduate student research is the interaction between the student and the faculty mentor prior to submission of a research proposal and throughout the project period. Although most students work on projects in their major field of interest, this research program provides an opportunity for students to explore other fields. It will be up to eligible students to provide sufficient background information to demonstrate that they are qualified to work on a project in the proposed area of interest.

Application Guidelines:

  • Identify a faculty mentor who is a full-time OU faculty. The faculty mentor is responsible for completing the Mentor Reference Letter. (See Mentor Reference Letter Instructions below.) 
  • Enter your mentor’s email address and he/she will receive an automatic email asking them to submit a Mentor Reference Letter. (There will be a field in the online application  asking for the “Letter Writer Email Address.”)
  • Complete and submit an online application in infoReady REVIEW.
  • Proposals must be attached to the online application as one file (preferably in PDF format) and should include the following elements:
    • A title page with the project title, applicant name(s), affiliation (School, College, Department, or other unit) and a project abstract of 200 words or less. The abstract must be jargon-free and written in layman's terms.
    • A project description that may not exceed four pages, single-spaced, Arial 11-pt with a 1" margin on all sides. The project description should address the following:
      • Introduction/Needs Assessment
      • Objectives/Goals
      • Significance/Impact
      • Methodology/Approach
      • Outcomes/Deliverables
      • Timetable
    • Review Criteria: Humanities significance, the applicant’s abilities and qualifications, the proposal’s clarity of expression, and the project’s feasibility.
    • On a separate page, include a bibliography listing any references that are cited in the project description.
    • On a separate page, include a brief bio about yourself and include your current GPA. This is in addition to the project description.
    • Fill out the Budget Template (found on the right side of The Research Office-Funding Opportunities for Students webpage), which should be attached to the application. The budget should not exceed $1500 for project costs, and should include a justification for those expenses. Costs may include travel costs to complete the project, but not costs for conference travel related to presenting findings.
    • Please note that applicants not funded may revise and resubmit their proposals for the next competition.

Mentor Reference Letter Instructions

  • Mentors are expected to review the student's application prior to him/her submitting the application, and to help guide the student to make it understandable to an inter-disciplinary group.
  • Submit a Mentor Reference Letter that follows the same deadline as the Provost Graduate Student Research Awards deadline. The letter should indicate support for the student and their project and justify that recommendation.
  • The mentor will receive an automatic email once the student submits an application in infoReady REVIEW. The mentor will then submit the Mentor Reference Letter through the infoReady REVIEW system.


Regulatory Compliance
:
  

If the proposed project involves the use of human subjects, animals, or hazardous/radioactive materials, approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and/or Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) must be obtained before work can be initiated or else the applicant must clearly state why this approval is not required. The Principal Investigator (PI) is allowed to submit the compliance approval after the application is submitted.  Confirmation of compliance approval is required before funding is received.  For assistance, contact the Regulatory Compliance Officer in The Research Office at (248) 370-2762.  

 Application Deadline

Award Announcement

Final Report Due

2nd Monday of October

3rd week in November

90 Days

2nd Monday of February

1st week in April

90 Days

 


The Graduate Research Assistantship Tuition (GReAT) Award

The Graduate Research Assistantship Tuition (GReAT) is a competitive program that provides supplemental tuition support to Oakland University (OU) graduate students working with OU faculty.  GReAT was developed to assist faculty with providing tuition to their graduate research assistants under various circumstances, including: cost sharing that is mandated by sponsors; proposals to sponsors that do not allow tuition costs; budgets for which the sponsors impose a cap on the dollar amount requested; and for research that does not have external funding support, but has the promise of future funding.  In each of these situations, the principal investigator must provide the stipends for the graduate students who receive GReAT funding.

Other sources of tuition funding at OU include the Graduate Study Assistantship Program, new program budgets, department and non-academic unit funds, and King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) Future Faculty Fellowships.


The criteria to qualify for the GReAT tuition award include the following:
  1. The GReAT award is to provide tuition support for a full-time ≥ 8 credits hours/semester per OU policy) graduate research assistant (GRA).
  2. The GReAT award allows up to 16 credit hours per student per academic year.
  3. The GRA must maintain at least an overall 3.0 GPA and satisfactory academic progress.
  4. The faculty adviser/mentor or unit head must provide evidence that the GRA is, or will be, receiving stipend support to conduct research during the period of GReAT support.
  5. The GReAT application has to be submitted by the faculty adviser/mentor or unit head. 
  6. Teaching Assistants (TAs) and recipients of any other scholarships are not qualified for GReAT..
  7. If cost sharing is required by the funding agency, the principal investigator must request tuition matching on The Research Office Electronic Proposal Routing Application (EPRA).
  8. To continue receiving a GReAT award, the PI must submit the application every academic year in order to secure the existing student.
What is a graduate research assistant (GRA)?

A GRA is an OU full-time graduate student that meets OU’s graduate assistantship program requirements. See  Oakland University Graduate Assistantship Policy Guidelines  for details. 

How to apply?


The faculty adviser/mentor or unit head must submit a completed  GReAT Tuition Form  and email it to  research@oakland.edu .

Can GRA students receive the GReAT tuition award without a stipend?

The stipend must be part of the GA agreement, see OU GA Policy Guidelines;, and the stipend funding source must be identified (criterion #4 above).

When are the application deadlines?

 Semester

Submission Deadline

Graduate Study           Review & Approval

ORA            Recommendation

FALL

2nd Monday of March (or May*)

4th Monday of March (or May*)

1st Monday of April (or June*)

WINTER

2nd Monday of September

4th Monday of September

1st Monday of October


*Applications submitted in response to the later deadline, usually for newly admitted students, are subject to availability of funds that have not already been awarded during the regular submission periods.

What’s next after the tuition award announcement?
The PI’s department prepares a letter of offer and the GA agreement. After all required signatures are obtained, forward them to ORA.

How will the tuition payment be handled?
After ORA receives and approves the letter of offer and GA agreement, they will be forwarded to the Office of Graduate Study to process the tuition payment.

Does GReAT support the summer term?
Consistent with GA Policy Guidelines, GReAT does not support the summer term.

Can an unused GReAT award be carried over to the next year?
No, an award cannot be carried over to the next budget year per university policy (concerning general fund expenditures); therefore, the GReAT application must be resubmitted (criterion #8 above).

What if the PI has to change student after receiving the award announcement?
The PI has to submit the GReAT application form for the new student and notify ORA this is replacing awarded student.  A justification is required.

Does GReAT support no-cost extension grants?

It is required to submit the GReAT application, since GReAT does not automatically support no-cost extensions on grants  .

What if the GRA has not been identified and the application deadline passes?

On the GReAT application form, specify “new student TBD” in “Student Name” field.

Can I use GReAT award to cover existing funded external grant's and contract's GA(s)?
It has to be reviewed and approved by ORA grant officers. 

Additional questions?
Contact Jean Miao at  miao@oakland.edu .