Research Funding and Awards

The Office of the Dean offers a variety of funding opportunities intended to aid tenured, tenure-track, and collegiate faculty with research activities and creative work. Dean's Faculty Fellowships and Niles Research Grants support a range of research expenses, including purchase of equipment, research assistance, research trips, publication costs, release time from teaching, and summer research salary ($5,000 maximum for Niles Grants; $10,000 maximum for Dean's Faculty Fellowships). Incentive Grants support faculty research that leads to new proposals for external grants, with particular emphasis on funding release time from teaching, graduate research assistants, and mentoring ($7,000 maximum). College faculty members are encouraged to apply for any funds that will aid their research or other scholarly work. Faculty members are permitted to submit proposals for multiple competitions; each proposal should explain the relationship to the other proposals submitted by the same scholar(s). Research grants cannot be used for conference travel. Research grants may be used for performances as appropriate to the creative work of the faculty member. To maximize the distribution of funds, some proposals may be only partially funded. Joint proposals from multiple faculty members are encouraged; award amounts for collaborative projects will be limited to the same amount as individual awards. Funds will be transferred to departments/schools after July 1, 2019, and must be spent by June 30, 2020. Deadline is April 17, 2019. Please direct questions to Tom Ewing ( All proposals must be submitted using the online form linked here and below.

The Center for Humanities invites all tenured or tenure-track faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences to submit a proposal for a VT Center for Humanities summer stipend ($4,000) in summer. 

Learn more about application procedure

To recognize outstanding achievements by a faculty member or members in research and creative scholarship. Up to three awards will be given for Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship.

Recipient(s) must be College full-time faculty members, and have demonstrated exemplary research and creative scholarship at Virginia Tech for at least three years. The award may be granted jointly to two or more persons when the research was done jointly and was led by the College faculty member. 

Learn more about the award.

The Graduate School each year acknowledges the outstanding graduate student in each college. One award will be given to a masters student and one award to a doctoral student in the College.

Any graduate student enrolled during the current academic year is eligible. Submission of a nomination is open to anyone who wishes to nominate self or other.

Learn more about application procedure.

Funding to help cover the costs of research. For more information please visit Graduate Student Assembly.

TFP provides partial grants to cover graduate student conference travel (this includes transportation, registration fees, lodging, and meals). All graduate students — traveling within the U.S. or internationally — are eligible to apply. The program also can be used to support international travel. For more information please visit Graduate Student Assembly.

Most of our departments and schools offer research assistantships to prospective graduate students. A question on the application for graduate admission asks whether you want to be considered for a assistantship. Check yes. To learn more about assistantships visit our departments and schools assistantships resources. 

CLAHS will offer funding to graduate students applying to attend nationally-competitive workshops relevant to their research fields. Details about eligibility, applications, deadlines, and procedures are available from on online survey linked here and below. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2019. Students will be notified of decisions by early May, 2019.

Undergraduate research and awards resources are available here.