Research Grant Instructions

Graduate Student Research Grant for 2017-18

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

The application deadline is February 28, 2017.

Award details

Each applicant selected for this reward will receive:

  • $2,500 issued directly to the individual researcher.
  • Travel and registration costs for the NAGAP 31st Annual Conference in New Orleans
  • Recognition at the NAGAP annual conference
  • One year of NAGAP membership with full privileges


  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate or professional program
  • The proposed research project must be completed by March 15, 2018, 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.

How To Apply
Deadline: February 28, 2017

  1. Grant Proposal
    • Maximum of three-page document including abstract of proposed research project and timeline with a completion date of no later than March 15, 2018.
  2. Personal Statement
    • One page document addressing interest in research topic and future career goals.
  3. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation (one should be from your advisor)
  5. Unofficial graduate transcript or grade report on graduate coursework

Applicants may wish to review The Art of Writing Proposals.

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 its potential contribution to the knowledge base of graduate education.
  • Applicant’s demonstrated record, and knowledge of relevant research topics.
  • Strength of the letters of recommendation.
  • Likelihood that the project will be completed within the proposed timeline.

Research Grant recipients will be selected prior to the NAGAP 30th Annual Conference.  All applicants will be notified of the results no later than May 2017.  The research grant award will be disbursed by July 1.


Research Grant recipients are expected to present their research projects at the NAGAP 31st Annual Conference in 2018. The Research Committee will work with award recipients to submit a conference proposal.

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 publish an abstract of the research and announce the recipients on its website, and to publish the full research papers in digital and print publications made available to NAGAP members.