Your next step is to learn more about how to engage in undergraduate research or apply for a major national fellowship by attending any of the CCRF information sessions, workshops, and signature seminars below. If you cannot attend a session live, you are invited to review recordings archived in our CCRF Resource Library. You will be invited to schedule an advising session with a CCRF team member after attending an information session.
CCRF Information Sessions, Workshops & Signature Series
SPRING QUARTER 2022: Information Sessions, Workshops and Research Training Series
Fellowships for non-US Citizens: Information Session: This session offers a broad overview of fellowship opportunities open to non-US citizens. We will cover: Davis Projects for Peace, DAAD fellowships, James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program, Schwarzman Scholarship, Gates Cambridge, and the Rhodes Scholarship. Students from all years and disciplines are welcome to attend. View the recorded session here.
Fellowships for Research and Study in Germany: This information session provides a broad introduction to the suite of fellowships offered by the DAAD. In particular, we will focus on one of its most generous programs, the Study Scholarship, which provides funding for students to pursue a full Master’s degree program at a German university. View the recorded session here.
What it’s really like: Fellowship Applicant Stories: You’ve got questions about what it’s really like to apply for a fellowship? Our panelists have answers. Join us to hear about: why they applied, their biggest fears, their hardest tasks, what they learned, and why it’s been so meaningful. Come to ask your questions; stay for their stories.
Fellowships 101: Curious about national fellowships? Want to get started, but aren’t sure how? Join CCRF for this information session where we’ll discuss the basics of fellowships—and how they can transform your academic experience. You’ll learn about exciting opportunities that fellowships support, what applying entails, and how CCRF supports students. In addition, you’ll also hear Christian Navarro’s fellowships journey, which brought him to UChicago for grad school and has paved the way for a career in foreign affairs. Open to all students; first and second-years are especially encouraged to join. RSVP in advance for this session by clicking the link below. View the recorded session here.
Finding Your Purpose in Public Service: Join us for a conversation with three future public servants who are at different stages in their education. Together, our panelists will explore what drew them to public service, which experiences have shaped their ambitions, and how they aim to help others. Estrella Hernandez is a Critical Language Scholar and third-year student in the College majoring in Law, Letters, and Society. Rodrigo Estrada is a 2021 graduate of the College with a joint BA/MA in Economics and International Relations. A 2020 Truman Scholar currently working at the US Department of Commerce, he will begin his studies at Harvard Law next fall. Christian Navarro is a second-year MPP student at UChicago’s Harris School; a Pickering Fellow, he is on his way to a career in the US Department of State. RSVP in advance for this session by clicking the link below:
Join us for an information session about the Truman Scholarship for Public Service, which provides funding for graduate studies to students who will pursue a career in public service. In this session we will discuss what the Truman Foundation is looking for in competitive candidates, what makes for a strong application, and how to prepare for the University of Chicago campus nomination process. This session is also open to 1st- and 2nd-years who anticipate a career in public service and are interested in learning more about the scholarship program. Students must be College third-years (juniors or at least two full years before graduation) at the time of campus nomination to qualify. Open to all undergraduates. This is a HYBRID info session: Zoom registration is required whether you attend in-person or virtually.
Library Support for Applicants to International Fellowships and Research Grants
Library Resources for Applicants to International Fellowships and Research Grants (Humanities and Social Sciences): The goal of this session is to introduce you to important Library resources and services to consult as you apply for fellowship and research opportunities abroad, such as the DAAD Study Scholarship (Germany), Schwarzman Scholars Program (China), Yenching Academy (China), Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Scholarships (UK and Ireland), and Gates-Cambridge Scholarship (UK). You will learn how to select and search scholarly research tools for your literature review, techniques for identifying important authors or works, and strategies for identifying primary sources at libraries and archives. Finally, you will learn how librarians can provide advice and research support as you prepare your individual applications.
Please register by clicking the link below.
Library Resources for Applicants to International Fellowships and Research Grants (STEM): The goal of this session is to introduce you to important Library resources and services to consult as you apply fellowship and research opportunities abroad, such as the DAAD Study Scholarship (Germany), Schwarzman Scholars Program (China), Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Scholarships (UK and Ireland), and Gates-Cambridge Scholarship (UK). You will learn how to select and search scholarly research tools for your literature review, techniques for identifying important authors or works, and strategies for investigating faculty, labs, or institutions that focus on your area of research. Finally, you will learn how librarians can provide advice and research support as you prepare your individual applications.
Please register by clicking the link below.
NSF GRFP Information Session: The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) supports graduate students in STEM, STEM education, psychology, and social science disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. Fellowships provide the student with a three-year annual stipend of $34,000, along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees. Women, under-represented minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In this session you will learn about the fellowship, the selection criteria, and the NSF GRFP resources and support provided by the College Center for Research and Fellowships. Rising fourth-year students and alumni who plan to apply in October 2022 are strongly encouraged to attend.
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NSF GRFP: Personal Statement: This session provides guidance on how to produce a compelling Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goals Statement for NSF GRFP. We will discuss content that is relevant to addressing the fellowship’s review criteria: Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts. By offering specific suggestions and examining successful examples, the session aims to equip you with strategies for developing, structuring, and writing your statement. Rising fourth-year students and alumni who plan to apply in October 2022 are strongly encouraged to attend.
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Undergraduate Research Information Session: Join us to learn more about Undergraduate Research at UChicago. We will share why undergraduate research involvement could benefit you as a College student in any major and how you can find research opportunities and potential faculty research mentors. This session will clarify what undergraduate research is and when you may be ready to engage in undergraduate research and creative scholarship activities. Register by clicking on one of the dates below:
Undergraduate Research Grant Funding Information Session: This session will help you navigate the various undergraduate research funding sources available to College students across the disciplines, with an emphasis on CCRF-managed research grant programs, including the Quad Research Scholars and Straetz Summer International Research Scholars programs. Whether you are new to research or an advanced undergraduate researcher, we will discuss research grant programs and options to fund academic year and summer research experiences for students in all majors. This session will also offer guidance and resources to assist you in planning for and preparing applications for undergraduate research grants and funding. Register by clicking on the date below:
Planning for Summer Research: Join us to start planning for your summer(s) by learning about and preparing for summer undergraduate research programs and funding at UChicago and beyond. Summer may be the perfect time for you to engage in research for the first time or to advance/diversify your undergraduate research experience(s) without the pressures of coursework and academic quarter demands. This session will provide information on accessing summer research opportunities, applying for summer research programs and funding, and maximizing your summer research experience(s). Register by clicking on one of the dates below:
Preparing an effective Curriculum Vitae (CV): Develop and draft your undergraduate CV for use in scholarship, fellowship, research opportunities, and graduate school applications. A Curriculum Vitae (“CV” or “vitae”) is a comprehensive, biographical document which emphasizes your academic training, professional qualifications and significant activities, including research, service, leadership, international engagement, honors & awards, etc. Distinct from a resume, the CV affords you the freedom to prioritize your undergraduate engagement and create a useful, comprehensive, holistic framework of your overall engagement while in college. Bring a working draft to the session, such as an existing resume, and a comprehensive list of the significant activities you have participated in since arriving at the University of Chicago. Open to all undergraduates. Register by clicking on one of the dates below:
Applying to Graduate School: planning and preparing for success: This session is open to current undergraduates considering graduate school as a part of their academic and professional trajectory. Whether you are certain that you will pursue graduate education or are just beginning to consider the possibility, we will use this time to introduce you to: the general process of investigating graduate study options, the application timeline, common application components, and what makes for a competitive application. This general session is open to all disciplines and years. Note: this will not cover pre-professional application processes specifically (e.g. medical, business or law school), although some of the application components like personal statements, letters of recommendation and CVs will be discussed as universal components to all application processes. Register by clicking on one of the dates below: