Research Grant Application & Instructions

Graduate Student Research Grant for 2019-20

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 field of graduate enrollment management (GEM). Topic areas 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.

The NAGAP Research Committee will select up to two grant awards and two honorable mention awards in 2019.  See a list of previous recipients and their research topics.  

The application deadline is December 12, 2018.  

Research Grant Award

Honorable Mention


  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate or professional program
  • The proposed research project must be completed by March 15, 2020, 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: December 12, 2018

Applicants may wish to review The Art of Writing Proposals.

  1. Grant Proposal & Timeline (maximum 3 pages)

    • Abstract of proposed research project (max. 100 words)
    • A description of your research methodology.
    • A budget estimating how the research funds would be used.
    • A timeline with completion date of no later than March 15, 2020.
      • Indicate which components (if any) are complete and estimate date of completion for all other research plan components.
    • Appendix may Include key references. (not part of the 3-page limit)
  2. Personal Statement

    • One page document addressing interest in research topic and future career goals
  3. Curriculum Vitae or Resume

  4. Letter of Recommendation from Advisor

    • One letter should be from your advisor.
    • Applicant my choose to include a second letter of recommendation (optional).
    • Letter(s) should be included by the applicant in the PDF upload.
  5. Unofficial graduate transcript

    • or grade report on graduate coursework

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 to become an engaging NAGAP conference presentation.
  • Applicant’s demonstrated record, and knowledge of relevant research topics.
  • Strength of the letter(s) of recommendation.
  • Likelihood that the project will be completed within the proposed timeline.

Research Grant recipients will be selected prior to the 2019 NAGAP Annual Conference.  All applicants will be notified of the results no later than February 1, 2019.  The research grant award will be disbursed by July 1, 2019.


Research Grant recipients are expected to present their research projects at NAGAP's 2020 Annual Conference. 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.