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NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant Program

The NCAA Research Committee invites research proposals within the general topic areas of student-athlete psychosocial well-being and college athletics participation. Research grants are available for current graduate students enrolled at NCAA-member institutions only and are intended to support the student while conducting research to be used for a doctoral dissertation, master’s thesis or external publication. Awards for these one-time research grants are set at a maximum of $7,500. Recipients will be expected to culminate their project in an article suitable for publication in a scholarly journal, or in a completed master’s thesis or dissertation. Recipients will also be required to submit a brief summary of the funded research suitable for publication on the NCAA website and/or the NCAA Champion magazine.

Graduate students studying topics of specific interest to the NCAA and its membership and demonstrating the competencies necessary to successfully complete the proposed study will receive highest consideration. Research topics may include, but are not limited to: the impact of participation in athletics on the academic or social experiences of student-athletes; best practices for academic advisement of student-athletes; student-athlete well-being; the relationship between athletic time demands and academic success; student-athlete integration into the campus community; finances of intercollegiate athletics; diversity and inclusion issues in intercollegiate athletics; student-athlete satisfaction with the college experience; and analytic philosophical/historical accounts of intercollegiate athletics.

IMPORTANT NOTE: NCAA Graduate Student Research Grants are intended to support research primarily in the social and behavioral sciences. Graduate students whose research is nested within sport science, physical health and safety are encouraged to explore funding opportunities through their academic and professional organizations.

For more information, please visit the link to the current Call for Proposals (CFP) and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on this page. The primary contact for this grant program is Lydia Bell ,