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Grants-in-Aid of Research Program

Welcome to the Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Application Portal.GIARlogo

Since 1922, Sigma Xi has extended the hand of companionship to more than 30,000 young researchers through the Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) Program. Sigma Xi grants are often the first research support an undergraduate or graduate student may receive.

The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research.

Who can apply

Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in degree seeking programs may apply.

Membership in Sigma Xi is not required to apply, although applicants who are dues paying members or whose project advisor is a dues paying member of Sigma Xi are more likely to be fully funded if their application is highly rated.

Visit the Guidelines page for more details on eligibility.

How to apply

Sign in or create an account to get started.  Logging in will give you access to additional resources.

All application materials (including advisor's letter of recommendation) are due by the application deadline. 
It is important to begin an application and solicit the recommendation letter no later than one week before the application deadline.

Visit the Guidelines page for more details on application deadlines.

When I received a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research... It was like a bigger brother came by and put his hand on my shoulder and said,
"You're worth the risk."

—Ted Uyeno, (GIAR 2005 - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)


  View the Supporting Young Scientists video. (2:17)

Twelve thousand miles in four months at 45mph... We had real adventures…. It was fabulous, absolutely fabulous. And for me it was the trip that made the difference in  understanding nature and seeing the cohesiveness of life, the interdependence of organisms; and in many ways I can say I owe it to that $200 grant, to Sigma Xi.

—Thomas Eisner, National Medal of Science Winner Cornell University
   (GIAR 1954, 1958, 1963)

    View the interview and hear about Eisner's and E.O. Wilson's GIAR  adventures. (9:05)


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