Southern SARE: Graduate Student Grants

Southern Sustainable Agriculture, Research & Education (SARE)

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Grant amount: Up to US $11,000

Deadline: May 3, 2020 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia (US state), Kentucky Show all

Location of residency: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia (US state), Kentucky Show all

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Graduate Student Grants are competitive research grants for full-time graduate students interested in conducting sustainable agriculture research. Graduate Student Grant projects should address sustainable agriculture issues of current and potential importance to the Southern region and the nation.

Sustainable agriculture, as defined by Title XVI, Subtitle A, Sec. 1603, is an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long-term:

  • satisfy human food and fiber needs;
  • enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agriculture economy depends;
  • make the most use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources, and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls;
  • sustain the economic viability of farm operations; and
  • enhance the quality of life for farmers and ranchers, and society as a whole.

Submitted proposals need to address sustainable agriculture issues important to the Southern region and successful projects must contribute to one or more of the following:

  • Improving the profitability of farmers/ranchers and southern agriculture.
  • Sustaining and improving the environmental quality and natural resource base on which agriculture depends.
  • Enhancing the quality of life for farmers, ranchers and rural communities.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Full-time Ph.D. and Master’s students enrolled at an accredited institution in the Southern region are eligible to apply. 
  • The graduate student must be considered full-time (according to his or her institution’s requirements) at the time of proposal submission.
  • An applicant may receive only one Graduate Student Grant during his or her degree program.
  • Funds MAY be used for the following purposes:
    • Supplies, including software;
    • Equipment (any equipment obtained becomes the property of the university that the funded graduate student attends);
    • Labor (The graduate student project investigator may receive up to a maximum of 50 percent of the project total.  This is actual identifiable work on the project and NOT a general graduate stipend);
    • Special texts not readily available;
    • Farm equipment rental or operating charges;
    • Travel and per diem necessary for the project (use your university per diem rules).
    • Student travel to one conference (not to exceed $1,000 including registration), to present their SARE funded research


  • Funds MAY NOT be used for the following purposes:
    • Graduate student stipends (see below);
    • Preparation of thesis copy;
    • Publication costs;
    • Purchase of classroom books or payment of tuition; and
    • Permanent capital improvements (e.g. land, buildings, etc.).