Academic Resources

Marist College Office of Academic Affairs

Student Research Grants



Marist encourages student involvement in research and scholarship as one of the most effective approaches to learning. Our faculty are dedicated to interactive learning and collaboration, and support student efforts to pursue research and creative projects. The College has established a fund to assist students in pursuing scholarly projects under the guidance of a faculty member.


Travel to conferences is provided only when the student has received an invitation by the conference organizers to present. Student names should appear in the conference itinerary as presenters. Research grants will not exceed $400. Travel grants will rarely exceed $800. Requests for travel to the same conference should be bundled and submitted together.

Shared Responsibility:

VPAA funding is not intended to provide 100% of budgeted expenses. Students are encouraged to contribute personally, as possible, and seek alternate funding, including from individual schools, prior to applying.


Applications are accepted four times per year: September 15, November 15, February 1, and April 1. Grants cover research and travel activities any time of the year. Applications must be submitted at least 10 business days prior to research/travel activities. Applications submitted after completion of travel will not be considered.


Budget Guidelines:

VPAA awards are paid through reimbursement directly to the student for actual expenses, as verified by original receipts. Budget requests should be based on actual anticipated expenses, as demonstrated by genuine estimates.



Eligible requests will typically include:

  • Reasonable travel expenses to conferences or approved institutions for the purposes of conducting or presenting faculty-sponsored research. Travel reimbursement will be made according to the Marist Travel and Business Expense Policy.
  • Supplies, materials, or printing expenses in support of the project. All materials remain the property of Marist College.
  • College residential housing costs during the time research is being conducted (summer only) if available.


Ineligible requests include:

  • Incomplete applications
  • Retroactive requests or requests that do not allow appropriate time for review (10 business days)
  • Reimbursement to an individual (like a faculty member) who covers the student’s costs upfront
  • Expenses that exceed per diem rates of the US Dept. of State
  • Hotel expenses exceeding 1-2 days for a one-day presentation; expenses for hotels within 100 miles of Marist (some exceptions apply)
  • Other excluded items: food/meals, salary/wages, and equipment other than small/minor


Application Guidelines:

A completed Student Research Grant application includes:

  • Request form with faculty member endorsement and dean signature
  • Project description (not to exceed two pages)
  • Proposed budget
  • For travel grants, proof the paper/poster has been accepted


Eligible students must have:

  • A minimum GPA of 2.2
  • Received no more than one prior Student Research Grant
  • Approval and consent of supervision from a full-time Marist faculty member


Applications for travel to the same conference should be bundled and submitted together. Please provide 10 business days for review. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Additional Considerations:

  • The use of human subjects or the generation of hazardous wastes must receive pre-approval from School Dean and the necessary college committees.
  • Undergraduate students who receive a research grant award are required to present the results of their work at Marist’s Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (CURSCA). This annual celebration is held on the third Wednesday in April.

To apply for a Student Research Grant, please read and complete the application form.