Grants-in-Aid of Research Program


Application Deadlines: March 15 and October 15 annually.


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.

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 research 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.

 While membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement for applying for funding from the Grants-in-Aid of Research program, approximately 75% of funds are restricted for use by dues paying student members of Sigma Xi or students whose project advisor is a dues paying member of Sigma Xi. Students from any country are eligible to receive funding.

GIAR is a wonderful way for a chapter to involve its student members AND/OR expose prospective student members involved with the chapter’s institution or geographic area to all that Sigma Xi has to offer.

Who Can Apply?

Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in degree seeking programs may apply.

Membership in Sigma Xi is not required to apply, although applicants who are dues paying members or whose project advisor is a dues paying member of Sigma Xi are more likely to be fully funded if their application is highly rated.

Visit the Guidelines (link to page for more details on eligibility. 

How to Apply?

Using this link,, sign in or create an account to get started.  Logging in will give you access to additional resources.

All application materials (including advisor's letter of recommendation) are due by the application deadline. 

It is important to begin an application and solicit the recommendation letter no later than one week before the application deadline.

 Visit the Guidelines (link to page for more details on application deadline.