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Open to US citizens and non US citizens
Deadline: 03/01/2025 (Tentative)

General Information

Since 1922, the Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research (GIAR) program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences. By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

Sigma Xi Members: Award amounts for members range from $500 to $5,000 for graduate applicants and $500 to $2,000 for undergraduate applicants.

Non-members: Award amounts for non-members, both graduate and undergraduate, are available up to $1,000.

Both members and non-members are eligible for designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences that allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research.

More details about what is considered fundable can be found on the Application Guidelines page.

Eligibility Guidelines

Undergraduate and graduate students and students in the health professions currently enrolled in degree seeking programs may apply.

  1. US Citizenship and residence not required. International applications are welcome.
  2. Only undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in degree seeking programs may apply. 
  3. Undergraduates who are graduating seniors must plan to complete their research prior to graduation. 
  4. While membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement for application, designated funds are available to members or whose primary advisors are members. Visit the Sigma Xi website for information on membership.
  5. Applicants seeking a second Grant in Aid of Research must submit a Follow-up Report Form prior to the application deadline for a new grant.
  6. Applicants are eligible to receive a total of two Grants in Aid of Research
  7. Separate applications are accepted from co-workers on the same project. Each applicant must demonstrate how the applicant's work is a unique contribution to the larger project. Where possible, each co-worker's application should request funding for expenses related to that applicant's work only.

Sigma Xi strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities, including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinx, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, or Native Hawaiians.

Application Details

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Visit Preparing a Successful Application. Application decisions are based on the strength of three key elements of a grant proposal: Proposed Investigation, Budget, and a Recommendation from a Research Advisor. A sample proposal can be found here. Watch a recording of Sigma Xi's Google Hangout, "How to Submit Your Best Grant Application," to learn about the Grants in Aid of Research application review process. 

All application materials are due annually by 12 am PST on October 1st (Fall Cycle) and March 15th (Spring Cycle).

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