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Graduate Student Research Funds

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The purpose of these funds is to help mitigate the costs associated with presenting research. The Graduate School wants to support our graduate and doctoral students and encourage them to present whenever and wherever opportunities arise. These funds are available ONLY to Liberty residential and online graduate and/or doctoral students. 

All receipts must be saved and emailed to Sam Landa at within 10 days after returning from the trip.  Reimbursements will not be provided if receipts are submitted after 10 days. All applications and budget forms will be fully reviewed before they are approved. Applicants will receive an email from The Graduate School to let them know about the status of their application. 

Note: If the application for research funds is not submitted BEFORE the event, research funds will not be disbursed

As a standard rule, please submit all applications at least one month before the date of the event/conference.

Apply for Research Funds

  • Email Sam Landa ( for the research funds link. 

Before submitting your application, be sure to have the following items available to upload: 

  • Acceptance email/letter from conference
  • Receipt for plane tickets (if applicable)
    • Plane ticket prices change quickly so the student will need to purchase the ticket and be reimbursed for it later. 
  • Completed Graduate Research Fund Expense Summary

Budget Form Instructions

  • Type in your name, student ID number (L-number), dates of the trip, purpose of the request (i.e., presenting research), location, and whether or not costs will be shared.
  • Fill in the Expenses at a Glance section with all the associated costs. The transportation, lodging, and meal expenses will automatically populate in that section when you complete the table at the bottom of the form.
    • If you are presenting at the conference with a team, disbursements will not be made until each teammate submits their application and budget form. 
    • If you have meal expenses, only include your personal expenses. 
  • Students must keep and submit all receipts to The Graduate School within 10 days after returning from the trip.
  • The Graduate School will only cover the total conference and trip expenses up to $1,000. Students are responsible for any expenses past this amount. 

This funding only covers conference, travel, poster/materials, lodging, and meal expenses and must adhere to the Liberty University Travel PolicyThe per diem max is $51 per day. Additional costs related to personal convenience are the personal responsibility of the student. 

If you have any questions, please email Sam Landa at

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