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Research Grant

Support Your Research

The NAGAP Graduate Education Research Grant

NAGAP, The Association for Graduate Enrollment Management, offers ‎the Graduate Education Research Grant to encourage and support exploration of ‎topics specific to graduate education and the field of graduate enrollment ‎management (GEM). Topic areas include (but are not limited to) alumni outreach, ‎student retention, campus support services, underrepresented student ‎experiences, diversity and inclusion, faculty advising, technology, leadership, ‎financial aid, internationalization, holistic admissions, recruitment, etc.‎

Want to learn more about the Grant?

Learn about The Awards

Learn about Past Winners

Learn about the Eligibility Requirements

Learn about the Selection Criteria & Process

Learn about the Expectations

Learn about the Review Policy

We are no longer accepting applications for 2024-2025‎


How to Apply


CV / Resume


Student Applicants

Grant Proposal, Budget & Timeline

  • Title of proposed research project
  • An abstract of the proposed research project (maximum of 100 words)
  • A statement on your background and interest in the research topic
  • The proposed research, including a description of how your topic will enrich knowledge in the field of Graduate Enrollment Management (GEM), and a description of your research methodology
  • A budget estimating how the research funds would be used
    • Include a statement on any funding you have already secured for the research, and/or on how your research will be funded if this grant is not received
  • A proposed timeline with completion date of no later than March 15, 2025
    • Indicate which components (if any) are complete and the estimated date of completion for all other research plan components.
  • Appendix (not part of the four-page limit) to include key references and any charts or images referenced in the proposal

Please include your updated resume

Letter of Recommendation

  • For student applicants, your letter should be from your advisor
  • For non-student applicants, your letter may come from a previous advisor or other colleague familiar with your work
  • Letter(s) should be included by the applicant as part of the PDF upload

Unofficial Transcript

Include your unofficial transcript or grade report on graduate coursework


The Awards


  • $2,500 issued directly to the individual researcher
  • Recognition at NAGAP's 2024 Graduate Enrollment Management Summit in Louisville, KY
  • Complimentary GEM Summit registration, $500 toward travel, and two nights stay at the conference hotel to present at NAGAP’s 2025 Graduate Enrollment Management Summit 
  • Publication of a research summary article in an upcoming issue of NAGAP’s Perspectives newsmagazine
  • Complimentary NAGAP membership for one year


2024-25 Grant Winners

Graduate Research Grant Winners


Laura Look

Laura Look

University of North Dakota (Director of Graduate Studies)

Exploring Mentoring Expectations: A Quantitative Analysis of Faculty and Student Perspectives in Graduate Student Mentoring


Nicole Hall

Nicole Hall

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Associate Dean of Graduate Studies) 

A social science approach to Graduate Enrollment Management: Leveraging Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for enhanced strategy in complex admissions markets

Previous Winners

A list of previous recipients and their research topics from years past can be found here.



  • Applicant must be:
    • Currently enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program (any degree level),
    • Applicant must have completed a doctoral degree and be currently working in a position related to the advancement, teaching, or management of graduate education.
  • The proposed research project must be completed by March 15, 2025, and must be the original work of the investigator.
  • Group applications are not accepted.
  • Prior recipients of this award and current members of NAGAP’s Governing Board, chairs of standing committees, and members of the Research Committee are not eligible.
We are no longer accepting applications for 2024-2025 ‎

Selection Criteria & Process

  • Quality of the proposed project, including a strong research design that is the original work of the investigator
  • Uniqueness of the proposed research and the potential contribution to the knowledge base of graduate education and graduate enrollment management
  • The potential for the research to become an engaging NAGAP conference presentation
  • Strength of the budget statement
  • Strength of the proposed timeline
  • Applicant’s demonstrated record and knowledge of relevant research topics
  • Strength of the letter(s) of recommendation

Research Grant recipients will be selected prior to the 2024 Graduate Enrollment Management Summit (GEM) in April, where winners will be announced at the awards ceremony.  All applicants will be notified of the results in early March 2024.  Research grant award funds will be disbursed after July 1, 2024.


Research Grant recipients are expected to present their research projects at NAGAP's 2025 Graduate Enrollment Management Summit

All applicants are expected to conduct their research in an ethical and responsible manner following the research protocols of their academic institution.

NAGAP reserves the right to announce recipients on its website, and to publish the summary of research findings in digital and print publications made available to NAGAP members.


Review Policy

Grant reviewers decline to rank any application that presents a potential conflict of interest, such as applicants from the reviewer’s institution or applicants known to the reviewer.  In those cases, only reviewers with no relationship to the individual or institution review the grant.


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