SIGMA XI, the Scientific Research Society
Grants-in-Aid of Research
MAR 15 OCT 15
The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students
with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between
students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.
ELIGIBILITY: Only undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in degree seeking programs may apply.
Undergraduates who are graduating seniors must plan to complete their research prior to graduation. While membership
in Sigma Xi is not a requirement for the program as a whole, the majority of the funds (75%) are designated for
use by individuals whose primary advisors are Sigma Xi members or who are Sigma Xi student members themselves.
There are no citizenship restrictions. International students and non-U.S. citizens are encouraged to apply.
FUNDING: The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering.
Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy and $2,500
for vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase
of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.