The College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF) supports students as they pursue transformative experiences through scholarly undergraduate research and nationally competitive fellowships. CCRF promotes meaningful connections between faculty and students, encourages mentorship, provides high-impact advising and educates the UChicago community about opportunities for all College students and alumni.
The College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF) is rooted in the academic mission of the College and the research mission of the University of Chicago. In close collaboration with faculty, staff, and students, the CCRF supports a culture of undergraduate scholarship worthy of national recognition and in keeping with the University’s commitment to rigorous and open inquiry. The CCRF encourages students to expect the best of themselves and promotes the value of serious inquiry into one’s chosen discipline, one’s self, and one's place in the world; pursuing undergraduate research and applying for nationally competitive fellowships, grants, and postgraduate opportunities is an integral part of living up to those expectations.
Undergraduates and alumni of the College are the principle priority of the CCRF. Every effort made is connected to the unique hopes, dreams, purpose and personal vision of the individual student. The CCRF recognizes the import of scholarly undergraduate research and the national fellowship application process as one that compels significant critical reflection, the clarification of ambitions, an understanding of one's self in relation to the world, and the building of meaningful relationships with faculty, staff, and peers. Undergraduate research and the fellowship application process is valued not for its outcome but for the invaluable insight it can provide for each student as they engage with their discipline, university, local, national, and global communities. It is recognized as an imperative in scholarly development. Finally, the CCRF places great value on collaboration, recognizing the primacy of partnership in identifying and supporting undergraduates in their research and through the application processes for nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships, and experiential learning opportunities.
The College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF) provides information about scholarly undergraduate research, nationally competitive funding opportunities, post-graduate experiences and associated application processes through online and printed resources, information sessions, workshops and seminars, presentations, and individual, targeted advising. CCRF staff members provide general support to students by identifying relevant opportunities and assisting in strategically planning for those opportunities, closely mentor students through rigorous application processes, and facilitate campus endorsement procedures when relevant. Staff promotes nationally competitive application processes as a vehicle for significant scholarly development. The CCRF collaborates with faculty, staff, departments, programs, and units across the university to identify and support prospective undergraduates as they develop as scholars and potential candidates.
The College and the University of Chicago recognize the importance of the CCRF, its impact on the undergraduate experience, and its potential to contribute to the College and University’s national reputation. The CCRF is a unit of the Office of the Dean of Students within the College, reporting directly to Dean of Students John 'Jay' Ellison and Dean John Boyer. Staff collaborate with all faculty, departments, programs and other high-impact units across campus including, but not limited to: the College advising staff and senior level administrative staff, the College Center for Student Success, the College Programming Office, the Study Abroad Office, the Office of Academic Advising, the Office of Civic Engagement, and the Collegiate Masters.