Sigma Delta Pi

Graduate Research Grants

(SUMMER 2022 OR ACADEMIC YEAR 2022-23)

(Form B-2)

 

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, is pleased to announce its graduate research grant program for summer 2022 and academic year 2022-23. An eligible graduate student who is an active member of Sigma Delta Pi may apply for one grant of up to $2000 to support travel ABROAD to Spain, Spanish America or another region outside the U.S. where Spanish is spoken, and for the sole purpose of research related to Hispanic Studies. Platino Educa USA will sponsor one $2000 grant for research that is devoted to cinema in the Spanish speaking world outside of the U.S. Including the Platino Educa grant, no more than six total grants may be awarded in 2022 based upon the quality and depth of the pool of applications.

RULES GOVERNING THE RESEARCH GRANT COMPETITION

CRITERIA.  To be eligible to receive one of the research grants, a graduate student must (minimal requirements):

  • request support for research involving learning or teaching of Spanish language, linguistics, and/or Hispanic literature, culture, film or media.
  • be an active (elected) member of Sigma Delta Pi.
  • have a superior academic record.
  • be enrolled on March 1, 2022 as a full-time graduate student.
  • have earned grades in at least 6 semester or 9 quarter hours of graduate Spanish courses.
  • be nominated in writing by the chapter adviser(s) of an active chapter of the institution where the applicant is currently enrolled.
  • submit the completed official application form and all required documentation by the stipulated deadline.

INELIGIBLE:
(1) Undergraduate students.
(2) Previous winners, regardless of whether they accepted or declined a graduate research grant.
(3) Proposals to travel to a country that is listed as Level 3 or 4 by the U.S. Department of State (click here) may be permitted depending upon the warnings issued for the specific region/city proposed.  The applicant must address these levels in their “Work Plan” of the “Research Proposal” of this application.
(4) Applicants whose transcripts do NOT reflect the national requirements for membership will be automatically disqualified.

OFFICIAL APPLICATION FORM. Applicants must use the official 2022 research grant application form included with this announcement. The faculty advisers of chapters with more than one applicant must complete one (1) "Chapter Adviser Ranking Form" (found at https://fs29.formsite.com/SHLE/o1rxmlqtcz/index.html).

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS. All applications must be submitted no later than MIDNIGHT Eastern Standard Time (EST), March 20, 2022.  Those received after this date will not be considered.

JUDGING APPLICATIONS. A committee of three judges will be appointed by Professor Comfort Pratt, Chair of the Sigma Delta Pi Research Grant Competition, for the 2021-22 academic year. Working independently and with a given set of criteria, the judges will select the grant recipients.  Their decision will be final.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF AWARDS. Winners will be notified around April 15, 2022.

USE OF RESEARCH GRANTS. Sigma Delta Pi research grants MUST be used solely for the purposes stated in the awardee’s original application (e.g., for research ABROAD in Spain, Spanish America or another region outside the U.S. where Spanish is spoken, exact location[s], length of time specified, etc.) and for research purposes only.  Permission will not be granted to alter the originally proposed research plan.  Sigma Delta Pi’s research grants are non-transferable.  Each awardee will receive half of the amount of his/her grant prior to his/her research trip, and the remaining half at the completion of his/her trip and after his/her photo and essay have been submitted (see below). Grants may not be used for any compensation related to the proposed research travel; this includes paying research participants.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF WINNERS. Within two weeks after the completion of the period of his/her research trip, each grant recipient must send a passport-type photograph (.jpg or .gif file) and an essay (Word format) of approximately 200 words in Spanish reporting on his/her research trip and the related work completed. Instructions regarding format and submission are found at https://sigmadeltapi.org/chapter-resources/guidelines-for-grant-awardee-essays/. The photo and essay will be published in the subsequent issue of Sigma Delta Pi’s annual journal, Entre Nosotros.

Awardees unable to undertake the research made possible by the grant must inform the Executive Director (SDPNational@gmail.com) immediately and return any funding already received.

If a Chair of the Graduate Research Grant Competition and/or a judging committee member is also a chapter adviser, then their chapter is eligible for no more than one (1) graduate research grant. An exception may be made if 1) the number of applicants is less than the number of available awards and/or 2) the Executive Director, in consultation with the President, concludes that the quality of the applicant pool is deficient.

SUBMITTING COMPLETED APPLICATIONS.  The completed application and required documentation must be submitted using this online form by MIDNIGHT EST, March 20, 2022.

THE COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM AND ALL RELATED MATERIALS
MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 20, 2022
OR THE APPLICATION WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

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 APPLICATION FOR A SIGMA DELTA PI GRADUATE RESEARCH GRANT

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Education Record

TRANSCRIPTS 
 
Using the button below, upload with this application a digital copy of your updated transcript from each college or university you have attended.  Please do not ask your Registrar to forward a copy since it MUST be uploaded with this application. Applicants whose transcripts do NOT reflect the national requirements for membership will automatically be disqualified.

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Letters of Recommendation

CHAPTER ENDORSEMENT

Upload one letter from your Sigma Delta Pi chapter adviser(s) stating that your chapter recommends you for a Sigma Delta Pi research grant. If your chapter has multiple advisers, ALL must sign the single endorsement letter that must focus on your participation in the chapter’s activities and highlight specific contributions you have made to the chapter.


LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Upload letters from two of your professors from your current graduate program who can attest to your scholastic achievements and ability to conduct research.



Research Grant Proposal

Have you been granted funding for this project from one or more sources? *

RESEARCH PROPOSAL

Please upload your research proposal below, which may be written in English or Spanish and must not exceed two (2) single-spaced pages.  This proposal must include the following sections:

  1. Abstract
  2. Introduction to the project and rationale
  3. Methodology
  4. Significance
  5. Details of Work Plan (to include proposed location and dates, and confirm the “Level” for the proposed destination as categorized by the U.S. Department of State (click here), and discuss perceived safety risks)
  6. References (bibliography)
  7. How a Sigma Delta Pi research grant will help complete the project

If the research proposal exceeds the two-page limit,
there will be a 10-point penalty applied during the judging process.


Research Budget

Please itemize and describe your estimated expenses below for each category and include all pertinent details such as departure and destination points for travel, location and name of lodging host, rationale for all projected costs (including supplies), and the sources of your estimates (Expedia, Orbitz, Airbnb, etc.; please provide screen shots).  Compensation for research participants is not permitted. Insufficient budget details will negatively impact funding possibilities and your application's competitiveness.
 


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