College Summer Research Fellows Fund


NOTICE: Travel Advisory and Planning for “Remote” Research: the COVID-19 outbreak may continue to limit summer travel, in-person research, or research with human subjects. If your College Summer Research Fellows Fund research proposal involves travel of any kind (domestic or international), please make clear in your proposal that you can carry out your research without traveling, if necessary. Similarly, you may be required to carry out your research remotely. Please also include a clear statement about how your research can transition to “remote” if necessary.  

Be advised that we reserve the right to categorically deny funding for a research proposal that depends exclusively on travel (domestic or international) or on interaction with human subjects, as well as with lab-based research IF research facilities may remain closed during the summer. 

Application deadline: Friday, April 2, 2021. 

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.
  • Rising Second-year to Rising Fourth-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, or are planning to continue, an unfunded undergraduate research position for a faculty member at UChicago or another academic institution during the upcoming 2021 summer. The proposed research 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/projects
  • Cannot be used for or with Metcalf funded experiences, or research undertaken in a non-academic environment

Award Amount

Award amounts will be $5000 and will be paid out as a summer undergraduate research grant. The grant may be 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 mid-May of each year. Next year's symposium is scheduled for May 21, 2021 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 Friday, April 2, 2021. Application link below. 

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 proposed research period, 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 might 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.

APPLY HERE: application deadline for the 2020 summer has passed 

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