Graduate Fund 2020

Request for Proposals
Graduate Student Fund 2019-2020

Update for recent grantees regarding payment procedures.

Applications now closed.

WHAT: Support for graduate student research activity
WHEN: November 12, 2019 - August 5, 2020
WHO IS ELIGIBLE: All current Tisch graduate students

DEADLINE: October 14, 2019 at 11:59pm

The Tisch Initiative for Creative Research (TCR) will award competitive funding for graduate student-led, creative research projects involving two or more disciplines and taking place between November 12 - August 10, 2020. A total amount of $10,000 will be available for graduate student projects. Applicants may request between $1,000 and $3,000.

Successful proposals will demonstrate the following:

  • Research interest and questions driving the proposed activity

  • Strong evidence of two or more academic disciplines contributing to a clearly defined research activity

  • Key information about the proposed project including description dates, times, location, confirmed participants, etc.

  • Demonstration of your capacity to successfully produce the project as designed 

  • Plans for project documentation and dissemination of findings

  • Project budget using TCR's Budget Template


  • The Graduate Student Fund does not offer “completion” grants for projects needing funding in their final stage of editing or production. For support for such projects, check out our newsletter for more internal and external resources.

  • Organizing funded activities will primarily be the responsibility of the applicant. TCR staff will provide administrative support for payment processing and arranging participant travel as necessary.

  • Funds will be accessed on a reimbursement basis. Eligible expenditures include: travel, space rental, supplies and equipment, fees, tickets and hospitality, as well as other expenses not listed here.

  • At this time, we cannot support the purchase of computers, monitors, cameras, and other video or audio equipment.


To apply for support from the Graduate Student Fund, you must complete this Google Form by 11:59pm on Monday, October 14th. Any questions you have about the application process can be directed to: Use subject line: Grad Fund 2020.


Applications will be reviewed by a panel of former Grad Fund recipients. Upon completion of their project, successful applicants will be asked to report on their work and participate in an informal assessment of their experience. They may also be asked to serve as future panelists or roundtable participants in conversations (hosted by TCR) about graduate student research.