Grants in Aid of Research Program


Application Deadlines

Spring cycle: March 15
Fall cycle: October 1

Application Portal


The Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research (GIAR) program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences since 1922. By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from most 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.

Sigma Xi strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities, including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinx, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, or Native Hawaiians.

Research Categories Funded by GIAR

  • Anthropology
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Cell Biology/Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Climate Science
  • Computer Science/Mathematics
  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecology
  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Physics/Astronomy
  • Physiology/Functional Morphology
  • Psychology
  • Systematics/Evolutionary Biology
  • Vision Research (across disciplines)

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Faces of GIAR

Read stories from recipients about how the grants transformed their research experiences, what they were able to achieve, and where they are now.