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Degree Programs

Professional Development & Research Grants

Graduate Students

In order to apply for a Research/Creative Work Grant or for Conference Presentation Funding, please read through the following information as to grant purpose, guidelines, and eligibility. All grant applications should be typed and emailed to IRISE.

For your convenience, this checklist has been created to help in the completion of your grant proposal.

Grant Purpose

IRISE, the Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality, aims to facilitate interdisciplinary endeavors in teaching and learning, research, and creative works focused on promoting equality for domestic historically marginalized communities. With the goal of providing an intellectual home for faculty and students at DU to engage in this work, IRISE supports graduate research and scholarship related to the study of (in)equality with a $10,000 graduate fund each academic year. The grant may fund expenses associated with a clearly defined research project or with a conference paper presentation.

Research Project Funding Guidelines

Activities that will be considered for research project funding include, but are not limited to, travel-related expenses associated with field or primary archival research, transcription costs, the purchase of data sets for quantitative analysis, or other research services. Preference will be given to dissertation-related research. Grants up to $2000 will be awarded to successful candidates.

Grant proposals should include:

  • A two-page, single-spaced description of the proposed research project or purpose of travel, travel dates, research to be accomplished during travel period, statement about the relevance of the project to the study of (in)equality; and, potential of impact of the research in promoting interdisciplinary perspectives.
  • A one-page detailed budget, including other sources of funding if relevant, and an explanation of how the requested funding will be used.
  • A two-page curriculum vitae.
  • One faculty mentor letter assessing impact of work.
  • If you are completing human subjects research, you will need to get approval from the University of Denver Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects. If your project involves animals, you will need approval from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Funds will not be granted until proof of approval is provided

Conference Presentation Funding Guidelines

Ph.D. and Master's students in academic degree programs may apply for a maximum of $500 for funding to present at a professional conference.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be registered for the term in which they are planning to present at a conference related to themes of (in)equality at a professional conference.
  • Submit a 1-2 page summary of the outcomes of the research presented.
  • A one-page detailed budget, including other sources of funding if relevant, and an explanation of how the requested funding will be used.
  • One faculty letter of support.
  • A two-page curriculum vitae.

Preference will be given to first time applicants.

Recipients must acknowledge the support of DU IRISE in the dissertation and/or any research publications that may result from this grant.

Grant Decision Procedure

Grant proposals are due by 5pm on May 2, 2014. The IRISE Advisory Board will evaluate proposals and make funding recommendations to the Assistant Provost for IE Research and Curricular Initiatives. Decisions on funding awards for summer 2014 will be announced shortly thereafter. Conference Presentation Travel Funding proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis.