Small Grants & Business Office


Departmental Small Research Grants

The SIO department provides small research grants to its students, based on a short application. Priority will be given to doctoral students, but Masters students are also encouraged to apply. MAS students should contact Maureen McGreevy for other opportunities. Total funding for any given student will not exceed $3,000 over the course of the student’s career at SIO. (Note that this does not guarantee a total of $3,000.)

Applications should include:

  1. SIO Travel/Research Application form
  2. Abstract submission and/or invitation to present work (for a conference)
  3. Project proposal using non-specialist language (for research funds)
  4. Detailed budget, not to exceed $3,000
  5. Supporting documentation for costs

Allowable costs include:

  • Conference travel transportation, hotel, and conference registration fees
  • Page charges for publication of scholarly articles
  • Supplies
  • Fieldwork
  • Travel for research, scholarly meetings or short courses
  • Computer (some restrictions apply, contact Maureen McGreevy)

         * Please note that salary will not be awarded.

Submission deadlines:

  • February 1
  • May 1
  • October 1

          * If date falls on a weekend, deadline is first business day after.

If awarded, research awards must be expended within 12 months of the award date. Conference travel awards must be used for the conference requested and cannot be transferred. Proposals with a contribution from other sources will be given higher priority, as will smaller grants (up to $500).

Please contact Maureen McGreevy for more information and to submit a proposal.

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Other Grants

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) offers a variety of funds for student initiatives, including travel grants. GSA departmental per capita funds can support SIO student initiatives that are open to all students in our department. Per capita funds are administered by the SIO Student Committee.  The representatives are Camille Pagniello and Rebecca Cohen.

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Business Offices

Many aspects of day-to-day administration outside of classes, such as payroll, offices, keys, and reimbursements, are overseen by business offices in each research division. Your advisor can inform you of which research division you belong to. If you do not have an adviser, please contact Gilbert Bretado. Contacts for each business office can be found below. Do not hesitate to direct administrative questions to them first.

Business Office

Staff Contact





Will Rivera


x 4-1875


Dejan Ristic


x 2-1229


Megan Smith


x 4-6852


Maria Rivas


x 4-1927


Dejan Ristic


x 2-1229


Anne Footer


x 4-1802

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Mailing Addresses

Every PhD and MS student has a mailbox on the first floor of the Old Scripps Building, Room 10.

For USPS mail, use: 9500 Gilman Drive Mail Code 0208
La Jolla, CA 92093

For mail from a courier service, check with your business office for the address to your building.

For mail from a courier service that needs to be sent to the Department Office, use: 8630 Discovery Way
La Jolla, CA 92037

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