PoP Grant for Student Affiliates

The Proposal or Pilot (PoP) Grant is designed to assist CISLL graduate student affiliates in three ways:

  • Aid in the collection of pilot data for dissertations, theses and other large-scale projects that are part of a students’ program of research
  • Aid in the collection of pilot data for a grant proposal to support a dissertation or thesis and/or
  • Provide the student with a guided experience of writing a grant and conducting research.
These PoP Grants are intended to help students on specific research projects that are in an early stage.

Award Eligiblity


  • Must be pursuing a master or doctoral degree
  • Must be a student affiliate of CISLL
  • Have a CISLL Affiliate faculty who will mentor them throughout this process


Award amounts may vary depending on need, with a maximum amount per award of $2,000. PoP Grant award monies may be used for costs related to conducting a pilot study or to support attendance at workshops for seeking external funding, travel and attendance costs for conferences or purchase of supplies including software. Other expenditures will be considered, but are subject to evaluation. However, no equipment can be purchased from these funds.

Note: All funds awarded for the CISLL PoP Grant must be SPENT by May 31st of the academic year in which the grant was awarded.


All awardees will be expected to:

  • Share an informal report of progress including empirical findings at the CISLL summer retreat (typically held in May or June)
  • Submit a final report on project by the beginning of the next academic year
    • include information about activities completed and findings

Committee Review

The PoP Grant Committee will review applications based on the following criteria:

  • Importance of the project including its purpose and significance/broader impact
  • Methodological rigor of the research plan
  • Potential for future external funding and dissemination of the associated scholarship
  • Relevance to CISLL’s mission
  • Feasibility of completing the proposal for external funding in the stated time period and relevance of the budget request to the stated objectives
  • Interdisciplinary team proposals will receive special consideration
  • Applications will be rank ordered by the committee. Funding will be allocated in rank order based on the committees' recommendations until the maximum amount the CISLL budget has designated for these PoP Grants has been committed. Any future proposals for external funding following receipt of this award must list CISLL as an interdisciplinary unit associated with the project.

Application Submission and Deadline

A completed application must be submitted by October 4, 2019. Applications must adhere to the length limitations of four pages, single-spaced with one-inch margins and no smaller than 12-point font. The reference list and itemized budget of expenses do not count towards the 4 page limit.

The application must address all topics and guidelines and include:

  • Brief narrative of the project which includes its purpose, research plan, and significance/broader impact (at least 2 pages)
  • Brief statement of how the results of the project will be disseminated (1 paragraph)
  • Relevance to CISLL’s mission (1-2 paragraphs)
  • An itemized budget of expenses