Graduate Research Development Program

The Spring 2018 Cycle of our Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) is now closed. Never fear — you can apply for the Fall 2018 cycle in October!

The GRDP is a program administered 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 Spring 2018 Winners

Casey McGregor  |  Human Development and Family Science
Derek Hennen  |  Entomology
Erica Pack  |  Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science
Ernest Osburn  |  Biological Sciences
George Hardebeck  |  Visual Arts & Creative Technologies
Hanh Le  |  Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences
Holly Packard  |  Biological Sciences
Kadie Britt  | Entomology
Kathryn Krueger  |  Geosciences
Katie Walker  |  Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Kerry Gendreau  |  Biological Sciences
Kyle Bekelja  |  Entomology
Lawrence Kim |  Psychology
Madeleine Bruce  |  Psychology
Marco Mechan Llontop  |  Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science
Natalie White  |  Electrical and Computer Engineering
Rebecca Brock  |  Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health
Xuemei Zhang  |  Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science

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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