Data collection award


COVID-19 Update

GFAC is still accepting applications for the Data Collection Grant for the April 1, 2020 application deadline.  However, we are unable to fund travel for research that takes place while WMU's travel restrictions are in place. Please email with any questions. 

The Western Michigan University Graduate Student Association Data Collection Grant was created to facilitate the collection and analysis of data relevant to research conducted for the dissertation, thesis, specialist project, creative research or in selected instances where students and faculty are collaborating on research for publication in peer-reviewed journals.  This grant will be offered three times per year in the following time periods: Fall, Spring, and Summer I and II (considered one term).


Applicants must:

1.     Be in good standing: GPA of at least 3.2 or higher.

2.     Have an approved committee in place, indicated by a complete Notification of an Appointment to a Dissertation, Thesis, Specialist Project Committee form, signed by the student’s committee.

3.     Have not benefited from any other grants provided by the Graduate College or GSA within the same academic year.

The grant will cover up to $500 to be used for purchasing software, providing transcription services, traveling to conduct face-to-face interviews, purchasing a subscription to conduct surveys, analyzing data via consultation with statisticians, or other expenses pivotal to the investigation. 

Note: in order to receive financial support for purchasing gift cards as an incentive for your research participant recruitment, you need to be able to provide us with the names of those who will receive the gift cards.

How to apply?

Complete and submit the Data Collection Grant Application Form. You must submit your request by the submission deadline of the GFAC meeting in which you want your application to be considered. The applicant will be notified of the decision via email within two weeks after submitting their request. Applications are open all year round until funds are depleted.