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Southern SARE Graduate Student Grant

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education


SARE may be a small program compared to other USDA agricultural funding efforts, but it consistently has an impact out of proportion to its budget. One aspect of the program contributing to this success is the high level of continued engagement researchers have with the SARE program; researchers and extension specialists routinely revisit SARE as a source of grant funding for sustainable agriculture projects.

This relationship is best illustrated through the Graduate Student Grant program. The grant was started in 2000 to give Master’s and PhD students the opportunity to conduct sustainable agriculture research projects. It has been a vehicle to apply for other SARE grants as students further their research careers.


Graduate Student Grant proposals must meet the following basic requirements in order to be considered for funding:

  • Graduate students must be enrolled full time, according to the institution’s requirements, at an accredited institution in the Southern region at the time of proposal submission. International students are welcome to apply as long as they are enrolled in an institution in the Southern region.

  • Graduate Student Grant projects must address sustainable agriculture issues of current and potential importance to the Southern region.

  • The proposed project satisfies the requirements of allowable expenses.

  • The graduate student is only allowed to apply for one proposal to the Graduate Student Grant program during his or her graduate student program.

Who Can Apply?

Master’s and PhD students enrolled at accredited institutions in the Southern region are invited to apply for Graduate Student Grants. A graduate student may receive only one Graduate Student Grant during his or her graduate student program. The Graduate Student Grant can only be used for the graduate student who submitted the proposal. If a graduate student transfers to another institution, the grant award cannot follow the student. If the graduate student cannot complete the project, the grant cannot be transferred to another graduate student without SSARE approval.

Research projects must focus on sustainable agriculture and cover issues related to improving the profitability of farmers/ranchers in the Southern region; sustaining and improving the environmental quality and natural resources base on which agriculture depends; or enhancing the quality of life for farmers and ranchers and the communities they support.


Graduate Student Grant funds may NOT be used for the following purposes:

  • Graduate student stipends.

  • Preparation of thesis copy.

  • Publication costs.

  • Purchase of classroom books or payment of tuition.

  • Permanent capital improvements (such as land, buildings, purchase of livestock or bees, purchases of permanent irrigation or fencing, greenhouses or high tunnels, or planting an orchard)


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Release Date

February 1, 2021


Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

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UGA CAES/Extension

Updated January 5, 2021

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