Graduate Research Development Program

Our Spring 2018 Cycle for the Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) is open! Apply at The application closes Friday, March 2nd at 11:59pm. To access application materials, visit

The GRDP is a program administered by the GSA to provide monetary support for degree contingent research conducted by Virginia Tech graduate students. This funding opportunity is available to graduate students twice a year in two cycles for each Academic Year.

Using the Outstanding Dissertation Award as a guide, we guarantee 4 winning applications to students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and 4 winning applications to students in the Social Sciences, Business, Education, and the Humanities. The remaining winners (usually 6-8 more applicants) will be the next-best, regardless of the field.


  • Up to $750 for selected Masters proposals
  • Up to $1,000 for selected Doctoral proposals

Who Can Apply?

All full-time registered graduate students enrolled at Virginia Tech are eligible to apply. Due to the high number of applicants, a graduate student may not receive more than one GRDP award per academic year. Assistance through the GRDP is competitive and awarded based on a review process to help ensure fair decisions.


GRDP Fall 2017 Winners

Kristin Chilton  |  Geosciences
Angela Dahiya-Singh  |  Psychology
Diana Devine  |  Human Development and Family Science
Joshua Earle  |  Science, Technology, and Society
Kristin Eden  |  Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences
Jeremy Elliott-Engel  |  Agricultural Leadership and Community Education
Angie Estrada  |  Biological Sciences
Christopher Griffin  |  Geosciences
Erin Heller  |  Fish and Wildlife Sciences
Jiyoung Lee  |  Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computation Biology
Mary Lofton  |  Biological Sciences
Darren Maczka  |  Engineering Education
Lauren Maynard  |  Biological Sciences
Daniel Medina  |  Biological Sciences
Oladayo Omosa  |  Agricultural Leadership and Community Education
Hisham Shehata  |  Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
Amelia Tankersley  |  Psychology

If you’d like to know what a winning GRDP application looks like, here are some example applications from past winners.

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