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SSI Graduate Student Culminating Project Fund

This program is designed for graduate students completing a thesis, project, or dissertation. Funds from the Graduate Scholars Grant Writing Program, if awarded, must be used to support recipients’ thesis, project, or dissertation research or professional development activities.

Award Details

The purpose of this award is to support graduate students who engage in research or creative activity through their thesis, projects, or dissertations.

The grant is a one-time award set at a maximum of $2,000. The funding will be provided in-full upon approval of the proposal. Funds will be transferred to the faculty mentor’s department class account. These funds are not designed to cover the costs associated with class projects, class assignments, or any activities that are associated with a traditional “in the classroom” course.

Award recipients will be expected to complete the following:

  • Participate in a 2-hour bi-weekly “Thesis Writing Accountability Group” during the winter and spring semester. Students are required to attend all five group meetings each semester. These meetings are designed to encourage students to make timely progress on their thesis documents and will provide opportunities for participants to engage in a peer-review process with other program awardees.


To be eligible for funding, students must:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate program at CSUSB.

  • Be in good academic standing (e.g. cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher).

If appropriate submit a copy of the relevant university review board approval letter/memo at the time of the grant submission for projects involving human subjects, vertebrate animals, or recombinant DNA.

Students applying for an SSI Graduate Student Culminating Project Fund award are able to apply for other OSR funding. Students should not apply if they plan to graduate within two semesters of receiving the award. All students applying for this grant should review the guidelines.


Application Opens: November 16th, 2021

Application Closes: January 16th, 2022



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