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 must be 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 2017 SURG winners! 

The Undergraduate Research Assistant Program pairs inexperienced students with faculty who are in need of assistance on their own research projects. In doing so, students who do not have sufficient research experience to design and carry out their own URG project gain first-hand mentored knowledge of research practices in their discipline, while faculty who would not otherwise be able to hire Research Assistants (RAs) get help with their own projects.

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.

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.

 

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. Check out this year's Expo presenters here: Expo 2017 Program Guide (1.37 MB)

 

Every year we run a program called the Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Workshops. Of the students who participated last year, 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!

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?

Students looking for a Research Assistant position should reach out to faculty they’d like to work with well ahead of the deadline (October 15 for Academic Year and April 22 for Summer). If you would like help figuring out how to find and contact faculty, you are encouraged to come talk with an advisor.

 

Previously, students were limited to a single Summer URG, but with this new program, they are eligible for additional funding for the continuation of projects or brand new ones.  Summer URG Advanced are for students who have already received an Summer URG from the Office of Undergraduate Research.  This program mirrors the Summer URG program, and simply provides you with an additional funding opportunity.  

Previously, students were limited to a single Academic Year URG, but with this new program, they are eligible for additional funding for the continuation of projects or brand new ones.  Academic Year URG Advanced are for students who have already received an Academic Year URG from the Office of Undergraduate Research.  This program mirrors the AY URG program, and simply provides you with an additional funding opportunity.