Graduate Student Grant

Graduate Student Grant Call for Proposals

Proposals with authorized signatures must be submitted online by 4:00 p.m. CDT, April 8, 2021.

Call for Proposals
Watch a video about writing an NCR-SARE Graduate Student Grant proposal.

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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 $15,000.
  • Projects may last up to 36 months.
  • 20 projects are funded each year.
  • sample call for proposals is available throughout the year, but you should always consult the current call for proposals when applying.
  • The portfolio of research grants is reviewed and awarded on the annual timeline.
  • Take a look at grants that have been previously funded.


Timelines are subject to change. Always adhere to the due date listed in the current Call for Proposals.

  • February – Call for Proposals Released
  • April – Proposals Due
  • July – Funding Decisions
  • September – Funds Available to Recipients


This 2020 Graduate Student Grant program presentation was prepared by NCR-SARE. 

  • Download a PowerPoint slideshow about the Graduate Student Grant program.
  • Watch a video about writing an NCR-SARE Graduate Student Grant proposal.
NCR-SARE Graduate Student Grant proposal video

Personal Contact

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 and Director of Research and Education Programs, 612-626-4436,