Graduate Studies Grant
As one of RISD's signature research programs, The Graduate Studies Grant (GS|Grant), is a challenging, proactive way for outstanding graduate students to acquire financial resources through a streamlined proposal process. This program was launched with guest lectures, grant writing workshops and other programs to encourage and support graduate students’ research, creative work and capacity to seek external funding. In 2015, GS|Grants awarded $90,000 to support 25 graduate research projects that took students across the globe.
As a whole, GS|Grants propose a broad set of questions including: What are RISD’s modes of research production? How does graduate-student research navigate between studio-based pedagogy and the field? What is empirical evidence in the arts and what is its impact? Though these questions are not new, they are persistently relevant. Most importantly, as these projects demonstrate, GS|Grants underwrite work that problematizes any single definition of research.