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

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.

Special Note on Sigma Xi Membership for Applicants
Grant funds for applicants who do not have a membership connection to Sigma Xi are extremely limited. While Sigma Xi membership is not required, we strongly encourage you to consider becoming a member prior to the grant application deadline.
Visit the Sigma Xi website for information on joining the Society.

How to apply

Sign in or create an account to get started. Visit the resources page for more information on how to prepare a successful application.

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.