CRASSH Research Scholars

College Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH) Scholars Program

College Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and the Humanities (CRASSH) grants are competitive awards intended to enhance the educational experience of University of Chicago College students by supporting scholarly research and creative inquiry experiences guided and mentored by faculty. These awards are designed to support the student in more deeply engaging with their discipline or research project with reduced financial burden during the academic year. These awards are explicitly for students who have identified or are already pursuing research on a specific faculty-led research project.

Students in the arts, humanities and social sciences who receive a CRASSH grant will be recognized as CRASSH Research Scholars. Scholars will be supported by quarterly programming designed to enhance the scholars' experience and build a cross-disciplinary research community. 

Applications are accepted two times per year – once in early September and once in early January. Candidates must apply by the stated deadline; these are not reviewed or awarded on a rolling basis. The grants are for $5,000 in total and disbursed in installments of $2,500 each over two, sequential quarters. Graduating seniors may request to receive a one-quarter award totaling $2,500. Awards will not be made to recent graduates or for use the summer after graduation.

Read more about the eligibility, scholar benefits and expectations before applying to the CRASSH Research Scholars Program:

What is scholarly undergraduate research? Undergraduate research is a scholarly or creative investigation that contributes to the systematic production of new knowledge; it is a meaningful activity undertaken with the guidance of a faculty member or other research mentor(s) and is used to enrich the College academic curriculum and student experience through enhanced critical thinking skills and a greater understanding of a chosen discipline(s) and its methodologies.

 Every undergraduate research activity on any campus should encompass the following:

  1. Mentorship. A serious, collaborative interaction between the faculty mentor and student, in which the student is intellectually engaged in the scholarly problem or project
  2. Originality. The student makes a meaningful and authentic contribution to the scholarly problem or project, and the work must be entirely or partially novel
  3. Acceptability. Employing techniques and methodologies that are appropriate and recognized by the discipline with a problem or project that includes a reflective and synthetic component
  4. Dissemination. Includes a final tangible product for which both the process and results are peer-reviewed, juried, or judged in a manner consistent with disciplinary standards

Activities that are NOT undergraduate research: professional internships, externships, job shadowing, career treks, "micro-" or short-term experiences that are less than 30 days, student activites, course practicums, long-essays produced for courses, independent study undertaken without the direct supervision of a faculty research mentor, or adminstrative employment positions for departments, faculty, or labs. 

How do I identify an undergraduate research experience? Students identify faculty-mentored research experiences in a number of ways. You can read more about how to get started in undergraduate research here: We also strongly encourage College students to attend any of the quarterly information sessions on Getting Involved in Undergraduate Research. CCRF's Research Opportunity Database is also one place to start your search, athough it is only one of many ways that students identify potential experiences. You can also schedule an individual advising with CCRF staff about getting involved in research via our Contact Us page.

CRASSH is a research scholars program designed, funded, and managed through a collaboration between the College at the University of Chicago, the Social Sciences Collegiate Division, the Humanities Collegiate Division, and the College Center for Research & Fellowships (CCRF).