Texas Tech University

Student Research and Creative Activity Awards

The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts (TCVPA) is committed to fostering excellence in all aspects of scholarly, creative, and artistic endeavors. At the heart of the college are our students. Drawn from a wide diversity of backgrounds and interests, Talkington College students represent the next generation of cutting-edge scholars, performers, and artistic leaders. To support our students' pursuit of excellence in their scholarly, creative, and artistic training, we are pleased to announce the TCVPA Research and Creative Activity Awards, Student Edition—a broad internal funding opportunity that will provide financial support to the college's undergraduate and graduate student populations as they complete their studies and seek opportunities for intellectual and professional growth.

Creating and submitting proposals for funding is a complex task that nonetheless forms a needed component of a quality artistic education.  We have instituted a proposal process that, while simplified, reflects essential elements of similar programs. Graduate and undergraduate students may submit one proposal each academic year, following the detailed guidelines below. Funding will be awarded on a first come, first-served basis, until available funds have been completely expended in each academic year (September 1 – August 31). Students are strongly encouraged to apply early to improve their likelihood of receiving support.

Undergraduate RCAA Description and Purpose

For undergraduate students, funding is available to support research and practice-based proposals up to $1,000 per award. Students may propose support for any aspect of undergraduate research, including (but not limited to) supplies, travel, and access and/or conference fees. The application and vetting of these awards flows through the TCVPA, but follow the criteria of the Center for Transformative Undergraduate Experiences (TrUE) Spark Award program.

Undergraduate Application Requirements

  • A project narrative of 1,500 words or less, describing the activities proposed for support, the benefits these activities will provide to you the student, and the expected outcome of the project (e.g., conference attendance, performance opportunity, project creation and related expenses).
  • A budget explaining the expenses proposed for funding, including itemized expenses for all purchases or costs. 
  • A statement of approval to submit from a relevant faculty member.

Graduate RCAA Description and Purpose

The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts is committed to supporting and stimulating graduate student research and creative activity.  Funding is available to support research- and creative activity-related travel in variable amounts up to $1,500. Note: Students are expected to apply first to their School and to the Graduate School for support before approaching the RCAA program.  Note that Graduate School funding flows from two separate programs, Graduate Student Travel Awards and Graduate Student Research Support. While students may propose support for a range of expenses following up on these other institutional funding sources—expenses including access and archival fees, purchase of materials or equipment, etc.—it is expected that most proposals to the TCVPA Graduate RCAA program will center on requests for travel and conference-related expenses. Review decisions will typically be issued within ten business days of submission.   

Graduate Application Requirements

  • Uploading the form, signed by your School's Director, that you submitted to the Graduate School for either the Graduate School's Student Travel funding program or its Student Research Support fundingprogram. 
  • A project narrative of 1,500 words or less, describing the activities proposed for support, the benefits these activities will provide to you the student, and the expected outcome of the project (e.g., conference attendance, performance opportunity, thesis/dissertation research).  
  • This narrative should include a brief budget summary explaining the additional funding amount requested from the TCVPA, referencing the detailed budgets given on the uploaded Graduate School application.