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.

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?

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.