College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Student Resources > Graduate Research
The college supports the research, scholarship, and creative work of graduate students through its Graduate Research Funding (GRF) program. The GRF helps defray the cost of conducting research and creative work and for presenting papers at academic conferences through a competitive process. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; you’re encouraged to apply as soon as you have all information necessary to fully complete the application, which must be received no later than 30 days prior to your departure.
All expenses must abide by DePaul and LAS policy and procedure. They are also required to have a direct DePaul business purpose and correlation to the academic portion of the travel. If you have questions about allowability of expenses pertaining to DePaul or LAS policy after carefully reviewing the Guidelines and FAQs below, please ask your faculty sponsor.
LAS reserves the right to deny any expenses, even after submitted, if they do not adhere to the requirements covered in the Guidelines and FAQs. Past GRF recipients can be viewed
University travel remains restricted by COVID-19 mitigation measures. GRF funds therefore will not be granted for support of student travel. However, reimbursement is available to offset the cost of virtual conference registration where one is presenting original research or creative work. (The GRF does not provide funding for professional development or networking purposes.) During this period, the GRF may also offset fees necessary to access site-specific, digital archives or materials that do not involve travel and otherwise conform to GRF guidelines. Graduate students with questions about their eligibility or application for GRF support during COVID-19 restrictions are encouraged to contact
Erica Godfrey in the LAS dean’s office.
All expenses must abide by DePaul and LAS policy and procedure. They are also required to have a direct DePaul business purpose and correlation to the academic portion of the travel. If you have questions about allowability of expenses pertaining to DePaul or LAS policy, please ask your faculty sponsor. LAS reserves the right to deny any expenses, even after submitted, if they do not adhere to the aforementioned requirements.
In the case of financial difficulty and inability to pre-pay expenses, please notify Erica Godfrey (EGODFRE1@depaul.edu) PRIOR to submitting an application.
A budget and budget narrative are required. Without both of these pieces of information, your application will be denied with no option to resubmit. Your narrative should explain why you made your selections. For example, did you select the hotel because it was attached to the conference location? If you are renting a car, why must you do so? If you are visiting a library or archive, why is it necessary to your research? It must also capture any extenuating circumstances. For example, if your flights span dates outside the conference because you decide to stay longer, you should include the reason as to why that is the case and the research you did to ensure there was no large difference in pricing. Are you sharing a room with a fellow student or splitting other costs? Are you starting your trip from another location and why (home for the summer, year abroad, etc.)? The committee will use your budget narrative to fill in information on any questions and concerns they have about your application.
The GRF usually pays for the following types of expenses:
Airfare to/from the current location of the student to the location of the conference or archive
The airfare must be from the current home base of the student.
For example, if the student is home from the summer and flying from New York, we will only pay to/from NY. Also, if the student is studying abroad for the year in Rome, and the conference is in Germany, we will only pay for the ticket to/from Rome to Germany. We will not pay for the international ticket taking the student to Rome
Any tickets that do not originate/end in Chicago should have further explanation in the budget narrative, or they will be denied. We reserve the right to alter the amount based on the DePaul business purpose for funding
The GRF will fund lodging one night prior and one night after academic conferences, not exceeding a total of five nights. If there are extenuating circumstances (long international travel, longer conference, limited flights, etc), you may ask for more time, but must capture it in the budget narrative for the committee to consider.
For archival research, the GRF will fund up to five days of lodging, but you must be able to demonstrate research activity on each of those days.
Registration fees (this includes conferences held in Chicagoland)Admission and archival fees (also includes research in Chicagoland)Ground transportation (not authorized for Chicagoland area)
To/from local airport
Transportation within the city that pertains to business. We will not pay for all ground transportation, only those specific to the academic work being done.
If a student is traveling by rental car, car rental with receipts for tolls and gas is an allowable expense. If the student is using their own car, mileage can be reimbursed by providing a map with directions and miles (Google maps/MapQuest) as documentation. Mileage is calculated with the University allowance (58 cents per mile in 2019) and includes gas and tolls. Further car-travel receipts do not have to be provided when reimbursing mileage. Please note car travel is only allowed when it is the most financially viable option. Otherwise, a portion of the travel will be reimbursed.
Fees charged for photocopying archived materials on research trips.
The GRF does not pay for the following:
Travel or lodging to/from locations in the Chicagoland area.*Attendance at a conference at which the student is not presentingBooksMeals and incidentalsTechnology purchasesPurchases made with points, mileage or rewards*Students attending a conference or conducting research within the City of Chicago and surrounding area may request payment for conference registration or research fees. Local travel costs are not reimbursed. Exceptions will be made in the case of late night travel in which students should consider taking a taxi or Uber/Lyft for safety purposes. Please note this exception on the receipt or in the application.
To apply for the GRF you must complete the following steps:
Summer 2015Spring 2015Winter 2015Autumn 2014Summer 2014
Autumn 2013 Summer 2013