College Summer Research Scholars

Formerly named the 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 Scholars 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 be conducted “remotely” if necessary and/or please indicate if you have been approved for in-person research if applicable under the UChicago Research Resumption plan and protocol. 

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 not permitted under the university research resumption plan during the summer. 

Application deadline: Friday, April 2, 2021. 

College Summer Research Scholars

Thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous donor, the College Summer Research Scholars program 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 application and 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 with 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 or BS Thesis research
  • Independent research projects and/or independent study courses
  • 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 Scholars 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. This year's symposium is scheduled for May 21, 2021 and next year's will take place in May of 2022.  
  • All grant recipients will be asked to complete a research-assessment form at the end of their summer research experience.

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. 
  • Research Proposal: maximum of 1000 words, single spaced, 12-point font.
    • In your research proposal, please describe in your own words the project. You may include citations and an additional page of supplementary 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 of your application. 
    • Header: Your full name, year of study and major
    • Body:
      • Research Project Overview: Introduction and aims/objectives
      • Research Context: Background and Significance
      • Research Plan: Methodology and Potential Outcomes
      • Research Preparation: Relevant Research Training, Experience, and Skills
      • Research Motivation & Grant Benefits: Purpose and Potential Impacts of Research Participation and Award
  • 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.
    • NOTE: Recommendation letters are due on stated application deadline. 


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