Liew Family College Research Fellows Fund

The 2020-2021 Academic Year application will open soon - see link below. Application deadline: Monday, November 16, 2020. 

Liew Family College Research Fellows Fund

Thanks to a generous gift from John (AB’89, MBA’95, Ph.D’96, University Trustee) and Serena Liew (AB’89), the Liew Family College Research Fellows Fund provides grants to support undergraduate students who have secured unpaid research opportunities during winter and spring quarter with UChicago faculty members.


  • 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.
  • Students from all class years are eligible to apply.
  • Students from all majors may apply, but 50% of grants will be reserved for computer science-related research projects, and 50% will be reserved for projects in all other disciplines.
  • To qualify, students must have secured an unpaid opportunity as an undergraduate researcher for a UChicago faculty member. The proposed project should provide students with substantive research responsibilities and limited clerical or administrative tasks.

Independent research projects and opportunities with non-UChicago researchers are not eligible. The fund also does not support projects in which the faculty member is only loosely involved (e.g., a BA thesis project).

Award Amount

Award amounts are $5000 and will be paid out in two $2500 quarterly stipends. Students may request funding for research opportunities during Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, or both. This is considered taxable income for the student.

Award Expectations

All students who receive grants through the Liews Family College Research Fellows program 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 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 Monday, November 16, 2020. 

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.)
  • Research Project information: project title, name of faculty mentor(s), approximate start/end dates of research, 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.
    • Please use the research proposal template included HERE to develop a competitive Liew Fellows Fund research grant proposal. 
  • An unofficial copy of your most recent transcript (.pdf)
  • Academically-focused curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A Letter of Recommendation from your primary research mentor
    • A UChicago faculty member (of any rank, including lecturer or senior-lecturer) must be named as your primary research mentor. You may 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.
    • 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.