This award has been revised for the 2023-2024 application cycle. Please review the information carefully, especially pertaining to Student Eligibility. Also note that applicants may request funding for a maximum of one student researcher.
The Quad Faculty Research Grant fosters excellence in scholarly research and creative inquiry by sponsoring academic-year research positions for early-career undergraduates with UChicago faculty members of any rank or other senior scholars with University arts and research institutes (see eligibility below).
Application deadline: September 29, 2023 (One application cycle per year)
Evaluation Criteria and Funding Priorities
Funding for this program is limited, and the following priorities guide application review and funding decisions.
All competitive applications will clearly describe:
While not required, applicants are also encouraged to mention the alignment of their proposal with any of the following additional areas of interest, if applicable.
The review committee will also consider faculty funding needs and divisional and disciplinary diversity to promote equity among funded projects.
Awards are paid to students at a uniform hourly rate, up to a maximum of $5,000 for the academic year. If a student is eligible for federal work-study, the award will draw on those funds for as long as they are available, and the total amount earned by the student as a Quad Faculty researcher shall not exceed $5,000. In general, students are expected to dedicate 10-13 hours per week to the project. During the term, students may not work more than 20 hours per week cumulatively across all student employment positions. Quad Faculty awards terminate once students have earned $5,000 or on the last day of spring quarter, whichever happens first. If a faculty mentor wishes to employ the student researcher beyond the stipulated amount or duration, funds will need to come from other sources.
These earnings are considered taxable income for the student. Work-study eligibility will be taken into account, and students are asked to disclose other sources of research funding for which they are eligible. Please note: students cannot be paid for research that they are also getting credit for and they may not receive multiple grants from different sources for the same project. These are University-wide policies.
Faculty members apply by submitting a brief application form through the CCRF online application portal (application link below). The application includes:
Only faculty members or senior scholars may apply for a grant. If you currently have an undergraduate working with you on your project, please do not ask them to write the proposal. This is a faculty-driven application process.
Awarded Faculty Expectations
If selected for funding, the faculty member will be responsible for selecting the undergraduate researcher and ensuring supervision for the student. CCRF can assist faculty members with posting and promoting their research opportunities.
Faculty members will not be responsible for processing students’ onboarding paperwork or distributing their pay. CCRF will work with selected students and departmental administrators to complete and submit all documentation for the program research experience and pay.
Note: CCRF may request that participating faculty submit brief check-in surveys to ensure that funded undergraduate researchers are meeting and fulfilling their responsibilities and expectations.
Awarded Undergraduate Researcher Expectations
If selected for funding, College students must be actively engaged with their research project and faculty mentor during the award period and remain a full-time undergraduate student in good standing with the University. Note: Students on leave of absence (LOA) from the College are ineligible for any College-based funding. Should a student go on a leave of absence or move out of good standing with the University, the award will terminate upon such change of status.
Student grant recipients should plan to enroll in the zero-credit course “Undergraduate Research: What, Why, and How” (HUMA 10001) in Winter Quarter, if their course schedule permits. They will also participate in the CCRF Quad Scholars curriculum—a series of skills-based and community-building events throughout the year). Student recipients will be contacted directly with more information about these expectations.
The selected undergraduate researchers will be required to submit a brief closing survey to share the impact of their undergraduate research and faculty mentor experience, as well as the impact of the award. Funded students will receive an invitation to complete the closing survey at the end of the academic year.
Note: CCRF reserves the right to adjust funding for selected students receiving other sources of research funding. CCRF may also dismiss students from the program and stop program funding if they are not meeting or fulfilling their research responsibilities or expectations.
Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of faculty and staff members according to the following criteria:
Quad Faculty Research Grant FAQ
Can I apply with a specific student in mind?
Yes, faculty may apply for funding to support a specific student whom they find to be a good match for their research project, as long as the student meets the eligibility criteria outlined above. Alternately, CCRF can help you post and recruit undergraduate researchers for funded projects. Funding will commence once students are identified and hired.
What if I want to work with an undergraduate who does not meet the eligibility criteria for a Quad Faculty grant-funded position—for example, a student who has held a paid research appointment in the past?
These students should be encouraged to apply for the Quad Undergraduate Research Scholars program.
How much will students be paid?
Students will be paid hourly for approximately 10-13 hours per week. CCRF sets a uniform wage for all Quad Faculty-funded students. Note: Students cannot work more than 20 hours per week during the academic quarters.
Can I only recruit undergraduates?
Yes, only undergraduate students are eligible for funding from the Quad Faculty program.
Can I recruit a College alum who has recently graduated?
No, only current College students are eligible for the Quad Faculty Research Grant.
Can I request funding for more than one undergraduate researcher?
No. We are not able to support more than one undergraduate researcher per mentor.
Can I submit more than one application?
No. Due to the volume of applications received and our ability to support only one undergraduate researcher per mentor, we ask that you submit only one application.
Can I divide Quad Faculty grant funding in order to hire, for instance, two undergraduate researchers for 5-6 hours per week, rather than one researcher for 10-13 hours per week?
The Quad Faculty program prioritizes sustained, intensive engagement by undergraduates in closely mentored research experiences. For this reason—as well as the additional administrative burden created by non-standardized hires—we ask that you craft your proposal within the parameters outlined above.
When will funding decisions be made?
Decisions will be distributed within approximately five weeks of the application deadline.
Click here to access the application. Due date: September 29, 2023
Questions or concerns? Please contact CCRF at email@example.com.
Pictured: 2020-2021 College Research Fellow, Sam Li, in a zoom discussion with faculty mentor, Prof. Savdeep Sethi, when demonstrating a piece of mathematics on his office blackboard.