Graduate Studies

Funding for Graduate Student Research and Conferences

Now accepting applications for 2023–2024 funding.

Molly Tuttle presenting at the 2023 Statewide Student Research Competition

Current graduate students may apply for funds up to $400 for reimbursement only for conference presentations and travel or research (e.g. travel to conferences, libraries, etc.) within the United States. Some exceptions may be made for the purchase of equipment. 

Applications are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis, and awards will be distributed until the allocated budget for 2023–2024 has been fully disbursed. We suggest submitting your application as soon as possible, even if you are not planning to use the funds until the spring semester.

Funding requests that include travel must be submitted no less than three weeks before your departure date. Travel requests for students require additional coordination and documents to be processed before travel can begin. For your application to be accepted, we must also have the required supporting letter from your faculty mentor. 

For additional information, contact Adrienne Glatz

Application Process

Graduate Student Application Process

  • Apply and upload your statement of justification
  • Your one-page justification must include the following:
    • How the funds will enhance your research.
    • How the funds will be specifically spent: include research or conference destination, travel dates, and an itemized budget. When planning to use these funds for travel, you must submit your application no less than three weeks prior to your departure.
      • If you also be receiving funding from your department, and if those funds will be state-side or CSE.
    • Be sure to include your name and your faculty mentor's name, and your department.
    • State whether you intend to participate in Chico State's Annual Student Research Competition(opens in new window).*
    • State whether you intend to apply for the Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program in fall 2023 or spring 2024.* Information on the Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program may be found at

Faculty Mentor Application Process

  • Your graduate advisor or faculty mentor must submit a brief letter in support of your research or conference attendance.
  • This letter must be submitted before your application can be accepted. We suggest you coordinate the timing of your application submission with your mentor.