OUR Grants & Programs

Academic Year URGs provide up to $1,000 to pay for your research expenses to do an independent academic or creative project in any field. The project is connected to an independent study or thesis seminar.

Summer URGs provide a $3,500 stipend to cover living and research expenses for full-time eight week independent academic and creative work in all fields of study under faculty supervision.



sTudent Applications for available Academic Year 2015-16 positions are posted on this website

The deadline for two positions has been extended.

Make sure you review all the relevant information before beginning an application, and contact us if you need help.


ULGs provide up to $5,000 (up to 75% of total expenses) for the intensive and experiential learning of foreign language during the summer.

A once-in-a-lifetime $9,000 grant to spend the summer travelling the world, researching a topic of your choice.

Congratulations 2015 winner Jonathon McBride, School of Education and Social Policy, with his project The American Sexual Assault Crisis in a Global Context: Policies, Resources, and Student Engagement. Read the Northwestern News story.

CTGs fund 50% of your expenses (up to $500) to present your research or original creative work at a conference.

The annual forum for original research and creative work by Northwestern undergraduates, where prizes are awarded for the best poster, oral presentation, and creative arts entry. The 2015 winners have been announced here.

In 2016 we are creating a new program! The Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Workshop series can help you: figure out what research looks like in your discipline, brainstorm and develop your own ideas, and then write a strong proposal for your Summer Undergraduate Research Grant. You can also learn how to find a faculty mentor to work with as a Summer Undergraduate Research Assistant.