Dean's Fund for Undergraduate Research

NOTICE: All undergraduate research activities must follow current University COVID-19 policies

The Dean's Fund for Undergraduate Research supports current undergraduates in the College engaged in scholarly research mentored by a faculty and/or other research mentor(s). It also supports CONFERENCE travel if a student is attending to present a research poster or paper. You can only apply to one grant type and may only receive one Dean's Fund grant (of any type) over the course of your undergraduate career. You can read more here about the types of scholarly undergraduate research activity supported by the Dean's Fund. Please also carefully review the College's defintion of undergraduate research here to ensure that your project qualifies.

Grant amounts range from $750–$1,500

Please note the following are not undergraduate research activities: professional internships, externships, job or hospital shadowing, career treks, student activities, course practicums, long-essays produced for courses, any independent study undertaken without the direct supervision of a faculty research mentor, or adminstrative employment positions for departments, faculty, or labs. 

Please carefully review all eligibility and application instructions below before beginning your application process.  Any application that does not fully comply with the below requirements or that are submitted after the stated quarterly deadlines, will not be considered. Your references will also be asked to submit their forms by the same deadline below. Please alert them to the deadline when you ask for their reference. 

General Eligibility for any Dean's Fund for Undergraduate Research Award

  • Current full-time undergraduate in the College with plan to enroll in the following quarter; must be in good-standing
  • Actively engaged in scholarly undergraduate research
  • Mentored by a UChicago faculty mentor and/or other affiliated research mentor(s)
  • You have not previously received a Dean’s Fund award. NOTE: Students may only receive Dean’s Grant funding once during their College career.
  • You are not receiving funding from another University entity for the same project need and/or duration
  • Agreement to complete a post-award survey and confirm fund use after awarded
  • Applying for up to $1500 in funding (funding generally ranges from $750-1500) for future or upcoming research experience. NOTE: The Dean’s Fund will not retroactively fund projects/programs.
  • Application completion and submission by midnight on the quarterly deadline. NOTE: Only those students seeking Research Requests for Conference support may apply at any time during the academic year.

Application Components for Undergraduate Research Project:

  • Faculty or Research Mentor evaluation: You will need to provide the name and email for at least one faculty or other research mentor. Please confirm with your faculty or research mentor that they are willing to complete an emailed evaluation form on your behalf prior to submitting your application.
    • NOTE: Research mentor evaluations are due on stated application deadline. 
  • Research Project Title
  • Research Proposal Summary (3-5 sentences)
  • Upload a Research Proposal (500 words max) that articulates:

The purpose of your project;
Your research mentor(s);
The location and structure of your proposed research; and
The intended learning outcomes and/or final product.

  • Upload an Itemized Budget (1 page; 350 words max for narrative) detailing:

How you will spend the grant funding. Budgets should NOT include wages for research work hours, but may detail needed expenses during research involvement period, including room and board. NOTE: The Dean's Fund will not cover research equipment costs and will no longer provide funding for transcription services. 

  • Unofficial Transcript (please upload a recent unofficial copy from the registrar; do not submit a screen shot of your myuchicago record)
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) acknowledgment pertaining to research projects involving human subjects


  • Applications for Undergraduate Research Projects must be submitted by midnight on the quarterly deadline(s): 

Autumn: TBD
Winter: TBD

Notifications are distributed approximately three to five weeks after the deadline depending on committee review.

Application Review Criteria for all Dean's Fund for Undergraduate Research Awards

  • Quality of application and written materials
  • Evaluation from Research mentor on your preparation for and potential for success executing your project, as well as the feasibility of project (can you complete in the time you have identified?)
  • Demonstrated need for funding
  • Benefit of Research project funding to your academic or professional goals
  • Academic Record
Questions or concerns? Please contact CCRF at

Dean's Fund for Undergraduate Research APPLICATION: 

APPLY  HERE for Undergraduate Research Project funding 


  • Awards will be paid out as a stipend. The awardee will be responsible for reporting the stipend amount as income when filing tax returns (Form 1040). 
  • Students who receive funding are required to complete a post-award survey. 

Award Expectations

All students who receive grants through the Dean's Fund for Undergraduate Research (project and conference) will be expected to present their research (poster or oral presentations) at the annual University of Chicago Undergraduate Research Symposium held in May of each year. This year's symposium is scheduled for May 6, 2022 and student recipients will be contacted directly about applying. 

Previous Awardees

The Dean's Fund is funded by donations from generations of alumni, the Fund exists to support student life and leadership, service, and research efforts.