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 eight weeks of full-time independent academic and creative work, in all fields of study, under faculty supervision.

Congratulations to all of our 2016 SURG winners! 

The Undergraduate Research Assistant Program provides grants to Faculty Mentors who do not otherwise have the resources to pay undergraduate RAs. It is designed specifically for students who lack research experience and are not yet ready to carry out their own independent research projects. URAP aims to foster long-term mentoring relationships between faculty and students that, ideally, continue after the RA position has ended.

ULGs provide up to $5,000 (up to 75% of total expenses) towards the cost of intensive summer language study either in the US or abroad. The program’s goal is to fund students for whom this language training is central to the achievement of specific academic or professional goals.

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

Congratulations 2016 winner Tara Mittelberg, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, with her project “Beyond ‘Pro-GMO’ and ‘Anti-GMO’: Progressing the Global Conversation on Transgenic Crops.”  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.

Northwestern is one of 11 universities named in 2017 that offers the Beckman Scholars Program. Beckman Scholars conduct laboratory research for two summers and one academic year (15 consecutive months). Students receive stipends of $6,800 each summer and $4,600 for the academic year. A total of six Scholars will be supported in 2017-2020.


If you have questions about how to get started in lab-based research, the Science Research Workshop (SRW) program has been created just for you!  The workshop series will lead you through how to find an appropriate lab doing research that is interesting to you, how to learn to read and analyze scientific literature, how to work with faculty and other lab personnel, and how to potentially apply for grant funding for an independent project that you may develop with the lab.  You might need only some of those skills, or you might need them all).

The Office of Undergraduate Research Peer Research Mentor Program connects students undertaking research for the first time with a community of their peers and a mentor.


What do the Peer research mentors do?

Last year, we ran a pilot program called the Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Workshops.   Of the students who participated, all but one got funded to do a project that they created with a Summer Undergraduate Research Grant!  These projects included people writing plays, art history, journalism, and education research to name but a few!  Now, it is your turn!