Graduate Research Development Program

The Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) is administered by the Virginia Tech Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) to provide monetary support for degree- contingent research conducted by Virginia Tech graduate students. This funding opportunity is offered twice a year for each academic year but applicants may only receive an award once in an academic year. Assistance through the GRDP is competitive and awarded based on a review process to help ensure fair decisions. To increase the number of students benefiting from the program, priority will be given towards first-time awardees.

If you have any questions, please contact the 2019-2020 GRDP Chair, Awad Abdelhalim, at


  • Selected proposals for Master’s and Doctoral students will be awarded up to $850.

Who Can Apply?

All full-time registered graduate students enrolled at Virginia Tech are eligible to apply. Graduate SGraduate Students may not receive more than one GRDP per academic year. We have introduced this limit to allow more students to succeed in this endeavor. Please note that the GRDP is a very competitive program, an average of 25% of proposals each cycle receive funding.

Already won? Still want to win more money? Apply to present in our annual Graduate Student Assembly Research Symposium! We have no limits on the number of times that students can win monetary support awards in that competition.

GRDP Fall 2019 Applications Open

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2019 cycle of GRDP. Online Applications are accepted Monday, November 4, 2019 through Sunday, November 17, 2019. Starting this cycle (Fall 2019), applicants are no longer required to obtain the physical signature of their advisors prior to submitting their application. More details about this and other materials, forms and details required for the application can be found here GRDP Fall 2019 Forms and Templates. The link is only accessible via a
valid Virginia Tech email account.

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

GRDP Spring 2019 Winners

Danielle Porier
Brandon Semel
Kristin Chilton
Reem Masri
Ernest Osburn
Heather Kissel
Kadie Britt
Jessica Aviles
Ryley Harris
Diane Eilerts
Victoria Meakem
Emily Webb
Michael Hodge
Alissa Ganser
Molly Minnen
Sean Boyle
Na Xie

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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