Graduate English Student Research Grant


Taya Sazama works on an independent research project with Dr. Alexis Easley.The Graduate Research Grant provides funding to support student research involving domestic or international travel to visit archives, libraries, museums, and other research sites.

  • Preference is given to well-defined research projects that will allow students to gather primary source materials for a substantial research project (a Master's Essay, for example)
  • One grant in the amount of $1,000 is available each year.
  • The application deadline is April 1st. The grant must be used between July 1 and June 30 of the following year.


This research grant is available to degree-seeking graduate students in the English program at the University of St. Thomas.

Selection Process

Grant applications will be reviewed by an advisory committee made up of members of the full-time faculty in the English department. Selection is made on the basis of the committee's assessment of the student's degree of preparation for the project, the impact of the research on the student's development as a scholar, and the contribution of the research of the field of English.

Terms of the Grant

Grants are awarded each year in the Spring to be used during the following academic year. Applications are due by April 1st and decisions will be announced within three weeks.

  • Within 6 weeks of travel, the student must submit a one-page report outlining the accomplishments of the research trip.
  • The funding may not be applied retroactively to travel that has already been complete.
  • Funds will be reimbursed solely for costs documented on original receipts to be submitted to the Graduate English Department as soon as travel is complete. 
    • Note: All food receipts must be itemized. Non-itemized receipts will not guarantee reimbursement.


The application consists of three parts:

  1. Narrative(maximum 2 pages, single-spaced, 10 point font minimum)
    1. Overview of Project.
      This section should provide a concise overview of the project, addressing the following points:
      • What is the main argument?
      • What is the significance of the project to the field of English?
    2. Methods and work plan.
      This section should discuss research methods and specific plans for accomplishing the research goals, addressing these points:
      • What theories and methods inform the project?
      • What sites will be visited?
      • What information do you anticipate gathering at this site?
      • What is the timeline for the project?
    3. Skills and access.
      This section will address the student's preparation for undertaking the project, addressing these points:
      • What special skills are required for this project, and how have you prepared yourself?
      • To what degree are the sites you with to visit accessible to you?
      • What courses have prepared you to undertake this research?

  2. Bibliography (maximum 1 page, single-spaced, 10 point font minimum)
    The bibliography should include the most relevant sources for your research. This bibliography will help the committee determine your degree of preparation for the project.
  3. Budget
    Provide an estimate of the costs associated with your research trip including travel, lodging, and related expenses. Note that the maximum award is $1,000.


Grant applications should be submitted as a single PDF to Soren Hoeger-Lerdal, Graduate Program Coordinator, by midnight on April 1st.