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Thesis/Project/Dissertation Support Program

Spring 2022 Application 

Application Period

  • Open: Friday, January 28th
  • Close: Friday, February 18th by 5pm

This program provides funding to graduate students to offset the costs associated with working on a thesis, dissertation, or graduate project. Awards up to $1,200 may be provided to selected students based on review of an application which outlines the project, dissertation or thesis, and anticipated costs. Selection criteria include significance of the project in the field and the style of writing. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Read the following before submitting an application

  1. Student GPA needs to be 3.5 or above
  2. If your research involves Human/Animal Subjects, Federal regulations require that all research must undergo a review by a committee. To apply for this funding, you need to have submitted your IRB protocol application and received a protocol number. In addition, if your research involves Animal Subjects, you will need an approved IACAU number; please check with your faculty advisor for the number. Projects will not be funded until your protocol has been approved If you are selected for funding.
  3. A written abstract of no more than 300 words is required.
  4. Students will need to submit a budget justification for the following categories; Supplies, Minor Equipment, Travel (conference travel is not allowed), Library Searches, Performance Expenses (e.g. Music). Laptops/tablets are not allowed.

Eligibility Criteria


  • Eligibility is restricted to CSUN graduate students in a master’s or doctoral program, with a GPA of 3.5 or above.
  • All applicants are required to have either a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

Please note: International Students may have up to 30% withheld for Federal Income Tax.

 Not eligible

  • Individuals who previously received support from this program.
  • Any CSU employee or their dependents receiving a university fee waiver.

Budget Categories

Allowed Expenditures

  • Costs associated with travel to a research site (This expenditure request will be reviewed/approved on a case by case basis)
  • Supplies
  • minor equipment
  • performance expenses
  • library searches

Not Allowed Expenditures

Human or Animal Subjects

If your research or project involves human or animal subjects, your application will not be funded unless your IRB/IACUC protocol is approved.

How to Apply

The Thesis Support Application will be available in the Spring.

A completed application consists of your application submission and your Committee Chair electronic approval. Once you submit your application, the faculty member you select as your Committee Chair will receive an email notification of your Thesis Support application. Your Committee Chair must electronically approve your application by the deadline. Only complete applications will be considered.

If you have a Co-applicant, there is a space provided within the application for you to enter their information. DO NOT SUBMIT two applications.

Application Due Date: Friday, February 18th by 5pm

What must you do if you receive support

  1. Submit an itemized list of all expenditures by 6/30/2022.

Additional Information

For questions concerning this program, please contact Dr. Amy Levin.