Graduate Student Research Competition

Tufts University's Graduate Student Research Competition (GSRC) supports the research of graduate students by providing funding for expenses including:

  • Equipment, materials, and supplies
  • Research participant compensation
  • Expenses of travel to conduct research

The competition is open to any graduate student enrolled in a doctoral or master’s program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Engineering.

Sixteen awards are available each semester. The maximum amount for an award is $1,000 and students are limited to one award per academic year.

Application Information

For application instructions and proposal requirements, review the Graduate Student Research Competition Guidelines.

Fall Deadline

Monday, October 22, 2018

Spring Deadline

Friday, March 15, 2019

Proposals must be accompanied by the Graduate Student Research Competition Application Form.

Submit your proposal and application form electronically to

Awards are competitive and decisions are based on:

  • The significance of the research to the field and to the applicant’s degree progress
  • Clarity in writing, presentation, and methodology
  • Clarity and justification of the budget

Sample Proposals

The proposals below provide examples of successful and well-presented GSRC proposals in each of the three discipline categories.