College Summer Research Fellows Fund

Please check back soon for the '2019-2020 Academic Year application. Application deadline: Monday, April 13, 2020. 

College Summer Research Fellows Fund

Thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous donor, the College Summer Research Fellows Fund provides grants to support summer research opportunities for undergraduate students who plan to pursue a doctoral degree in a liberal arts or science field.


  • Applicants must be matriculated College students in good standing and registered full-time during the award period. This grant program is open to U.S. citizens, international students and undocumented students.
  • Second- and Third-year students from all majors are eligible to apply.
  • Students must have a strong interest in pursuing a Ph.D. in the liberal arts or sciences to be eligible for an award. 
  • To qualify, students must have secured an unpaid undergraduate research position for a faculty member at UChicago or another academic institution during the upcoming summer. The proposed project should require approximately 400 hours of research over the entire summer and should provide students with substantive research responsibilities and limited clerical or administrative tasks. 

Not eligible: 

  • Students pursing technical or professional post-graduate programs (e.g., JD or MD, etc.)
  • BA Thesis research
  • Independent study courses
  • Cannot be used for or with Metcalf funded experiences, or research undertaken in a non-academic environment

Award Amount

Award amounts are tbd and will be paid out as a summer stipend. This is considered taxable income for the student.

Award Expectations

All students who receive grants through the College Research Summer Fellows program will be expected to present their research (poster or oral presentations) at the annual University of Chicago Undergraduate Research Symposium held in May of each year. This year's symposium is schedule for May 15, 2020 and student recipients will be contacted directly about applying. Students will also be expected to participate in the CCRF Research Scholars curriculum (presentation and poster design workshops, preparing for research grants and fellowships, and so forth). 

Application Deadline

All applications will need to be submitted by Monday, April 13, 2020. Application link will be available here in the near future. 

Application Process

All students will submit their application through the application link that will be provided here. The following materials are required:

  • Basic information about yourself (Year, Major, current GPA, UCID, etc.)
  • An unofficial copy of your most recent transcript (.pdf)
  • Research Project information: project title, name of faculty mentor(s), approximate start/end dates of research, average hours dedicated to the research per week
  • A Research Proposal (.pdf): maximum of 1000 words, single spaced, 12-point font. Please include the title of your project and name in the header of your essay.  
    • In your research proposal, please describe in your own words the project - its general aims, structure, and what you and your mentor hope to accomplish through the research project. You may include citations and an additional page of supplimentary information, as relevant. These will not be included in your word count. Please treat this as a formal research proposal; it should be written clearly and carefully. It functions as the core of your application and its quality will determine the success fo your application. 
    • In addition to detailing your research aims and objectives, please also address your motivations for pursuing the research experience and how this experience will contribute to your education at UChicago and the development of your future plans to pursue a Ph.D.
  • Academically-focused curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A Letter of Recommendation from your primary research mentor
      • A Faculty member (of any rank, including lecturer or senior-lecturer) must be named as your primary research mentor. You may not research exclusively with this person, but for the purposes of the application they should be the author of your recommendation and review/affirm your research proposal and summer research opportunity.

    Note: You will upload the essay, CV, and transcript into a single document (.pdf). Please connect those documents in advance of beginning your application. 

    More information and application link coming soon! 

    Questions or concerns? Please contact Tracy Nyerges, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research at or Nichole Fazio, Director, College Center for Research & Fellowships.