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 $3,000 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.



URAP offers faculty the opportunity to hire an undergraduate student to work with them on their research or creative projects. Students are paid an hourly wage ($10/hour) for their work. The application is submitted by the faculty member rather than the student. Faculty have two options: they can either (Route 1) apply with a particular student in mind, or (Route 2) specify qualifications they are looking for and OUR will run a search for them.


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.