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VPA considers graduate student research an integral part of the student experience. Grants are awarded to encourage students to pursue creative opportunities, whether they are exhibitions, conferences, performances, or other professional events.

This grant competition is for graduate students who are proposing to undertake research or creative projects in the spring or summer. Awards are offered to project proposals that will provide both scholarly fulfillment and help students take a significant stride toward degree completion. The range of awards is generally between $500 and $1,000. In most cases, grants won through this competition will award only partial funding for a project. Students may wish to consult their academic departments to determine if supplemental funding is available. These projects are funded by the Graduate School, so depending upon the funds allocated, VPA is able to make three to five awards each year. The proposal process normally takes place toward the end of spring semester
titleResearch and Creative Grants
titleCreative Opportunity Grant

The Creative Opportunity Grant (COG) is designed to support students in various disciplines and allow them to take advantage of unique opportunities that will benefit their academic/artistic work and enhance their career development. These awards are offered once a year for current graduate students and provide support for single-or multiple-student projects with preference being given to interdisciplinary projects. COG grants generally do not exceed $750.  Deadlines are September 15 and January 15,  respectively.

VPA Graduate Student Memorial Scholarships and Fellowships

The College of Visual and Performing Arts offers small financial awards to outstanding and deserving graduate students in music, art, transmedia, design, and communication and rhetorical studies who may need financial assistance to engage in programs, activities, and residencies that can move them forward in their disciplines. Graduate students applying for the financial award must submit a letter of support from their program coordinators. Additionally, if they are requesting travel funds to present their work at a conference, they will have to demonstrate that they have applied for funds with the Graduate Student Organization at Syracuse University. All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a committee within 30 days after submission. To apply, please fill out the VPA Graduate Student Memorial Scholarships and Fellowships form.

titleGraduate Student Organization Travel Grant

Syracuse University’s  Graduate Student Organization (GSO)  provides a  travel grant  for students traveling for academic and professional conferences. Grant funds are intended to defray the cost of travel for students presenting original work at conferences, exhibitions, performances, and other opportunities. There are multiple deadlines throughout the year; visit the GSO website for more details.