Grant Program

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Work Program offers grants to support students engaged in research or creative work. Three different grants are available to students: Production, Presentation, and STEM Professional Development Grants.

Grant Application Deadlines Implemented for 2021-2022 Academic Year

Undergraduate Research accepts production, presentation, and professional development grant applications on an ongoing basis, however, applications are only reviewed once per month. You will receive a grant letter within one week of our deadlines.

  • Fall 2021 Deadlines: October 1, November 1, and December 1
  • Spring 2022 Deadlines: February 1, March 1, and April 1 
  • Summer 2022 Deadlines: May 15 , July 1, and August 15

Production Grants

Production grants are intended to support students by defraying the direct costs of conducting scholarly or creative work. Production grants can cover consumables, travel related to conducting research, or incentives for study participants. Costs associated with producing a final project related to your work (such as printing of posters, papers, etc) can be included. 

Students are eligible to apply for 2 production grants per academic year, with the award totaling no more than $600. Production grant amounts range from $50-$600.

Read our funding guidelines | Apply for Production Grant

Presentation Grants

Presentation grants support the costs incurred by students traveling to present their work off-campus. Costs associated with preparing for your presentation (such as printing posters, arranging travel, conference registration fees, etc) can be included. Students who have costs associated with submitting work for professional publication are welcome to use presentation grant funding for this expense.

Students are eligible to apply for 1 presentation grant per academic year, with the award totaling no more than $750.00.

**Please note: students applying for projects related to the Fine Arts should apply for a production grant if they are coordinating a performance or display. Fine Arts students should only apply for a presentation grant if they will be showcasing their work off-campus.

Read our funding guidelines | Apply for Presentation Grant | Covid-19 Travel Guidance

Sr. Phyllis Plantenberg STEM Professional Development Grant 

In 2020, an anonymous donor established this endowment in honor of Sr. Phyllis (Dunstan) Plantenberg of Saint Benedict's Monastery. Sr. Phyllis taught biology at CSB/SJU for 34 years, founded Common Ground Garden as a CSA (community supported agriculture) enterprise, and is a cofounder of the St. Joseph Farmer's Market. Her passion for the natural world has made her an inspiring and cherished teacher, colleague, and friend to many in the CSB/SJU/OSB community and beyond.

The new Sr. Phyllis Plantenberg Endowment allows us to offer exciting new opportunities for our current STEM researchers. We are now able to offer financial support to students who would like to pursue a professional development opportunity - such as conferences or webinars - where they are not presenting their own original work (which makes it different from our presentation grants). Students will submit an application for this grant where they will articulate why it is necessary for them to pursue this opportunity and how it benefits their research. Grant amounts range from $20-$500. Faculty endorsement required. 

PLEASE NOTE: It is expected that proposed professional development opportunities are tied directly to a research project. Each student may be awarded 1 STEM PD grant per fiscal year (July 1st - June 30th).

Apply for STEM PD Grant