NCAA Research is pleased to sponsor the NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant Program. This grant program is intended to support research primarily in the social and behavioral sciences. The research grant is a one-time award set at a maximum of $7,500.

The goals of the program are:

  1. to stimulate research on intercollegiate athletics;
  2. to foster contributions to the empirical research on intercollegiate athletics;
  3. to provide financial support to graduate students interested in engaging in high-quality research related to intercollegiate athletics; and
  4. to assist NCAA institutions and the public in gaining access to new, outstanding research in this field.

NCAA invites research proposals examining the role of intercollegiate athletics in higher education and the college student-athlete psychosocial experience. Research topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Analytic philosophical/historical accounts of intercollegiate athletics;
  • Best practices for academic support of student-athletes;
  • Diversity and inclusion issues in intercollegiate sports;
  • Finances of intercollegiate athletics;
  • Gambling and wagering on college sports;
  • Student-athlete integration into the campus community;
  • Student-athlete transfer and degree attainment; and
  • The impact of participation in intercollegiate athletics on the academic or social experiences of student-athletes.

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