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October 16, 2020

Application open for 2021 arts, humanities and social sciences Small Grant Program for K-State graduate students

Submitted by Sunanda Dissanayake

The K-State Graduate School announces the seventh year of funding for the Small Grant Program, to support research expenses for master's and doctoral students in their final year.

Grants up to $1,000 will support direct research costs such as travel to an archive, data collection, or exhibition and performance expenses for graduate students doing original research in the arts, humanities and social sciences. A panel of faculty in these disciplines will review applications in late this year. Funds will be available after Jan. 15, 2021.

Recent grant recipients have used the funding to complete research to study effects of dietary supplements, design a model school in Nicaragua, provide Girl Scout leader wellness training, evaluate participatory research on food insecurity on campuses, and an analysis of competition in the digital music aggregation industry. These are just a few examples of how the $500-$1,000 grants made a difference.

Last year's continued strong applicant pool demonstrates the strong need for this program, as it helps reduce students' financial burden in fields where there is often limited external funding. The grant program was highly recommended in the "Report of the Task Force on Needs of KSU Graduate Students in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Conducting Scholarly Activities" that was completed several years ago.

Graduate students interested in this opportunity can find complete information on Small Grant Program Funding Guidelines, Requirements and application portal at k-state.edu/grad/financing/ahss/index.html

If there are any questions please contact Sunanda Dissanayake, associate dean of the Graduate School, at sunanda@k-state.edu

The application deadline is Nov. 10.