Student-Initiated Research Grants

The Student-Initiated Research Grants provide support for Trinity undergraduates, under the general supervision of faculty, to develop their own research projects. The research supported by these grants is expected to relate to a student’s thesis, senior project, or other student scholarly activity such as a senior seminar or an independent study. The activities supported might include travel to archives or museums important to their research, reproduction of research materials, use of analytic or other facilities not available at the college, and necessary material resources like computer software.

Eligibility: Students who plan to undertake research of their own design during their junior or senior year and/or the summer between these two years.

Eligible Costs: Student-initiated research grants up to $2,500 may be used to reimburse direct research expenses to Trinity students. Grant funds may be used for travel, living expenses, access fees for archives and libraries, photo-reproduction of archival materials, and similar research expenses.

Application deadline: Proposals for research to be undertaken in the summer or during the following academic year should be submitted to the Faculty Research Committee on or before the stated deadlines. Proposals must be submitted as a PDF document, attached to an e-mail, to the FRC administrator​ on the deadline date. Late applications will not be considered.

Proposal Guidelines: The following guidelines should be strictly adhered to in preparing proposals:

Cover Sheet: Title of project, name, major, faculty advisor, and an abstract of no more than 100 words.

Body of the Proposal: In no more than three (3) double-spaced pages—excluding references, but including figures, tables, and graphs—explain your project. If significant illustration is required, it may be attached as an appendix. Include the following sections:

  • a statement of the goals of your proposed research, 
  • the significance of the work, and
  • how the proposed project fits into your long-term course of study.

Also explain the procedures or methods to be used in carrying out your research and a brief review of relevant literature.

Because this is an expense program, give special attention in the body of the proposal to the rationales for budget items and their relation to the methods you will employ.​

APPENDIX 1: Faculty Recommendation
To be prepared by the faculty member who is the research advisor* on the project.

In no more than one single-spaced page, address the following points: 

  • Your familiarity with the student’s work (e.g., courses taken)
  • Assessment of the student’s preparation for the research project
  • Feasibility of the project workplan
  • Plan to monitor the student’s progress during the grant period and through completion of the project
  • Expected outcomes

This section of the proposal should be signed by the faculty advisor and dated. Proposals lacking a faculty signature will not be considered complete.

The completed Appendix 1 should either be 1) returned to the student to be included in a single, complete PDF document; or 2) submitted separately as a PDF document to the FRC administrator​​. In either scenario, the appendix must be submitted by the application deadline.

APPENDIX 2: Budget Form 

Anticipated project-related expenses should be detailed on this form​, and their relation to the project should be discussed in the body of the proposal. A budget narrative should be included as part of the budget summary.

* Note: The research advisor is not necessarily the same as the student’s faculty advisor.​


Isabelle Moore '18

Isabelle Moore '18 talks about how the Student-Initiated Research Grant allowed her to go to Spain to do an anthropological study of what pilgrims carry with them on the Camino del Santiago.