Seidel Scholars Grant Program

$4,000 to enable recipients to create, execute and evaluate their own non-academic summer projects based in their academic interests through a summer experience

This summer, take whatever you love about your major, and do nothing else. See where your dreams and experiences take you.

Thanks to a generous donation from Larry R. and Kathleen Gilles Seidel, Career Advancement is pleased to offer the Seidel Scholars Grant. The Seidel Scholars Grant gives students the opportunity to explore a career-related individual project with the hope of inspiring students to translate their academic interests into careers outside of an academic setting.

The Seidel Scholars Grant sponsors innovative and novel professional experiences designed by the applicant essentially allowing students to create their own “non-traditional internship”.  Each professional experience should result in a tangible final project.  This project should creatively put some aspect of the student’s major (methodologies, research interests, etc.) into practice. Some previous examples of Seidel projects include writing novels, curating museum exhibits, filming documentaries, and researching family histories.

The grant funds three 8-10 week student projects with each student receiving a $4,000 stipend for the summer.

Deadline Information

Application opens February 2021


At the end of the summer, Seidel Grant recipients will be required to submit a final report with a minimum of 2 pages, detailing their learning experiences and the final results of their project. A complete accounting of grant funds and a presentation of their final report at the Symposium will also be required.

Eligibility Requirements

Only currently enrolled 1st-3rd year undergraduate students (including International Students) with declared majors in the fields (Anthropology, Art History, Cinema and Media Studies, Comparative Human Development, Creative Writing, English Language and Literature, History, Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, Linguistics, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Philosophy/Allied Fields, Psychology, and Sociology) are eligible to apply.

Proposed projects must be related to the student’s major and professional goals. Students should not be based in an academic setting and may not be pursuing a structured internship, travel or volunteer program. Students may not be receiving any other University funding for this particular proposal. A student may only receive the grant once while at the University of Chicago.

Visit the opportunity's website for additional elgibility requirements.

Application Process

Required Materials

  • Cover Sheet (form will be made available on UChicago Handshake posting)
  • Resume
  • Project Proposal (2 page maximum – will be judged as a writing sample)
  • Professional Mentor Agreement Form (form will be made available on UChicago Handshake posting)
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Declaration of Intent to Major Form (for first-year students only)

Be sure to review the Seidel Scholars Grant proposal guide before applying. Applications missing any of the required materials will unfortunately not be reviewed by the committee.

Optional Application Materials

  • A work sample (not required, students without a sample will not be viewed adversely during the review process). A brief sample of your work either written (2 page maximum), audio (under 5min), or visual, will be accepted

Materials must be submitted via UChicago Handshake, Career Advancement’s online job search system.