Summer URG Advanced

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.  

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.

This program is currently in its pilot phase, and only students iin the following schools are eligible: Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communications, School of Education and Social Policy, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, and the School of Professional Studies.

 

DON'T FORGET TO REVIEW OUR SUMMER URG APPLICATION CHECKLIST BEFORE YOU SUBMIT!

 

Deadline: 

The Summer 2018 application deadline is Friday, March 16, 2018. 

We hope to make decision announcements in the second week of April.

Eligibility: 

Northwestern University undergraduates who have already received an Office of Undergraduate Research Summer URG.  WCAS students must have also received a WCAS Summer Grant to be eligible. 

These applications can be from any major, including students working in the creative arts. Seniors may not apply to conduct projects the summer following graduation. 

During the 8-week grant period, students cannot also have an internship, take classes, or work (even part time).  Students must notify the Office of Undergraduate Research before they accept any additional funding during the period covered by this grant.  

This program is currently in its pilot phase, and only students iin the following schools are eligible: Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communications, School of Education and Social Policy, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, and the School of Professional Studies.

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Guidelines

What It Is: 

A grant to work on your own project, full-time (40 hours/week) for eight weeks. The eight weeks do not have to be consecutive.

A $3,500 lump-sum grant paid to you up front to cover your living and research expenses, and 50% of the airfare if your project involves international travel.

While your project may relate to a faculty member’s research, or develop from work within a lab, you must design and execute the project independently. You faculty member provides advisory assistance.

Applications center on a two-page research grant proposal and we have many resources, including one-on-one advising, to help teach you this new skill:

Proposal Writing

Advising Request

How to Apply

Research involving any kind of interaction with living people (Human Subjects) will require additional steps, so plan ahead to make sure you have enough time between hearing back from the review committee, completing the Human Subjects requirements, and the proposed start date of your project. 

Once a project is approved for funding, major changes need the approval of the faculty sponsor and the Office of Undergraduate Research. Unapproved changes may result in a breech of the terms of the grant, including repalyment of grant funds.  Check with the Office of Undergraduate Research with any questions. 

You will submit a two-page final report at the end of the grant period.

What It Isn't: 

The grant may not be used for language study, established institutional research programs, or study-abroad programs. Grants cannot be used to pay for internships or participation in volunteer activities.

This program is for new, original research and creative projects only. Grants cannot be applied retroactively to cover expenses for research already completed.

You may not work at a job, have an internship, do signifciant volunteer work, or take classes while you do your project.

You receive a single lump-sum living stipend, so do not submit an itemized budget with your application and do not need to turn in receipts at the end of the summer.

When: 

Eight weeks of full time (40 hours/week) research anytime during the summer (after the end of spring exams and the beginning of fall classes). Weeks do not necessarily have to be consecutive.

Students receive notification of award approximately four to five weeks after the deadline.

Where: 

Conduct your research project wherever you like: on campus or almost anywhere around the country or the world!

When you apply, you can request extra money (half your airfare) for international projects.

Read up on international projects for important travel restriction information.

Faculty Role: 

Faculty members can and should help you explore your research interests and develop a good project. You will identify a faculty sponsor/advisor, and this person will help you develop your application materials and oversee your project if you are awarded the grant. It is expected that the faculty will help you develop your project methodology and help you with determining the correct literature to review for the proposal/project development.  See Working with Faculty.

Endorsement

Your faculty sponsor/advisor must submit an online endorsement of your research grant proposal within 72 hours after the application deadline. Unendorsed projects will not be considered. Make sure you have given your faculty sponsor enough warning of the deadline, that you have discussed your project with them ahead of time, and that they have a copy of your final proposal draft. Do not leave it to the day before to ask someone to give you an endorsement!

Approval of Final Report

If your application is succesful and your project is funded, your faculty sponsor/advisor is required to approve the two-page final report which you will submit after your project is done.

See also: Info for Faculty.

 

Help: 

Selection Process: 

Your research grant proposal will be evaluated by a faculty review committee. The committee looks for quality projects, and they can award as many grants as they want. We call this a merit-based, non-competitive process.

Students typically receive notification of award approximately four to five weeks after the deadline.

Group Projects: 

Group projects are allowed. Each additional member of a group provides you with an additional page to your proposal.  For example, a two person group is allowed a three page proposal.  You will need to explain why this project needs to be done with multiple people. Group members collaborate to create a single grant proposal that clearly articulates the different roles, responsibilities, and qualifications of each member.  Each group member submits the same proposal, and each is eligible for a $3,500 grant. We recommend that all groups work with an Office of Undergraduate Research advisor.

 

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