Graduate Student Grant Program
About the Graduate Student Grant Program
The North Central Region SARE (NCR-SARE) Graduate Student Grant Program supports projects by graduate students that address sustainable agriculture issues and are part of the student’s degree program. NCR-SARE instituted the Graduate Student Grant Program in 2002 for officially registered graduate students (Masters and Ph.D.) enrolled at accredited colleges or universities. Projects must benefit agriculture in the North Central Region.
NCR-SARE’s Graduate Student Grant Program is a competitive grant program to fund graduate student projects that address sustainable agriculture issues. A candidate may only receive one NCR-SARE Graduate Student award during her or his graduate student career. Generally:
- Graduate Student Grant awards can be up to $10,000.
- Projects may last up to 36 months.
- At least 15 projects are funded each year.
- A sample call for proposals is available throughout the year, but you should always consult the current call for proposals when applying. 2014 Grad CFP PDF
- The portfolio of graduate student grant proposals are reviewed and awarded on an annual timeline.
Funding decisions are made by NCR-SARE's regional Administrative Council, after receiving feedback from a review committee. The Administrative Council is a collection of farmers, ranchers, university representatives, nonprofit representatives, Extension and NRCS people, other government employees, and agribusiness representatives. This group sets research priorities and recommends projects for funding.
Funded proposals have contributed to farmer or rancher profitability, environmental quality, and the enhancement of the quality of life of farmers or ranchers, rural communities, and society as a whole. NCR-SARE strongly encourages students to involve farmers and ranchers in their Graduate Student Grant Program projects.
NCR-SARE can provide grant applications, reports from other projects, lists of funded projects, or other sustainable agriculture information. To receive more information about the NCR-SARE Graduate Student Grant Program proposal process and timeline, contact the NCR-SARE office.
Graduate Student Call and Projects Recommended for Funding
Click here to view previous calls and projects recommended for funding.
Graduate Student General Fact Sheet
Click here to read and download a general fact sheet about the Graduate Student Grant Program.
A unique aspect of NCR-SARE is our personal contact with graduate students involved in the program. Beth Nelson is our Graduate Student Program Coordinator. Feel free to contact Beth.
Beth Nelson, Ph.D.
Regional Coordinator (Chapter 1) and Director of Research and Education Programs
120 BAE, University of Minnesota
1390 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
If you would like to be notified of the Call for Proposals, please contact the NCR-SARE office at 612-626-3113 or e-mail NCR-SARE at firstname.lastname@example.org