Research Grant Application & Instructions

Graduate Education Research Grant for 2020-21

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, faculty advising, technology, leadership, financial aid, internationalization, holistic admissions, recruitment, etc.

The NAGAP Research Committee has selected two grant awards and two honorable mention awards for the 2020-21 award year.  See a list of this year's recipients and their research topics here.   

Research Grant Award

  • This award entails:

Honorable Mention Award

  • This award entails:


  • 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, 2021, 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 for 2020-21 has passed. 

  • Create a login to the Graduate Student Research Grant Application.

  • Upload a single PDF, containing the following documents, to the electronic application.


1.  Grant Proposal & Timeline (maximum 4 pages)

  • Abstract of proposed research project (max. 100 words)
  • A statement on your background and interest in the research topic.
  • 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 timeline with completion date of no later than March 15, 2021.
    • Indicate which components (if any) are complete and estimate date of completion for all other research plan components.
  • Appendix should Include key references. (not part of the 4-page limit)

2.  Curriculum Vitae or Resume

3.  Letter of Recommendation from Advisor or Colleague

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

4.  For Student Applicants: Unofficial graduate transcript

  • or grade report on graduate coursework

Student 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 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 2020 Graduate Enrollment Management Summit.  All applicants will be notified of the results no later than February 1, 2020.  The research grant award will be disbursed by July 1, 2020.

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.


Research Grant recipients are expected to present their research projects at NAGAP's 2021 Graduate Enrollment Management Summit. 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.