Quad Undergraduate Research Scholars Program




Quad Undergraduate Research Grants are competitive, open-discipline awards intended to enhance the educational experience of University of Chicago College students by supporting scholarly undergraduate research and creative inquiry experiences through active participation in faculty-driven research. These awards are designed to support the student in securing vital undergraduate research experiences with faculty by reducing their financial burden during the academic year. 

These awards are explicitly for students who have identified or are already pursuing research with a faculty member, faculty research cluster, or other faculty-driven research initiative. "Faculty" includes instructional and senior instructional professors.  Students may undertake research with other senior scholars with University arts and research institutes; they must be formally appointed (paid) by the University of Chicago. This includes but is not limited to the Smart Museum, Court Theatre, Hannah Holburn Gray Special Collections Research Center, Franke Institute, the Neubauer Collegium, etc.

Students who receive a Quad grant will be recognized as Quad Undergraduate Research Scholars. Scholars will be supported by annual CCRF programming designed to enhance the scholars' experience and build a cross-disciplinary research community. 

Applications are accepted two times per year – once in early October 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 during their final two quarters. 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 Quad Undergraduate 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 scholarly activity that is driven by a faculty mentor or other research mentor(s), aids in the development of research tools, 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.

Activities that are NOT undergraduate research: independent or student-driven projects or study; 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, or adminstrative employment positions for departments, faculty, or labs. 


Application Deadlines:

Autumn Quarter Deadline: October 11, 2021

Winter Quarter Deadline: January 10, 2022 

Questions or concerns? Please contact a member of our undergraduate research team at ccrf-research@uchicago.edu.

The Quad Undergraduate Research Scholars Program is made possible by our generous donors including the Liew family and the Cheung family, as well as through the Dean's Fund for Undergraduate Research and the five Collegiate Divisions (Humanities, Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and New Collegiate). The program is managed by the College Center for Research & Fellowships (CCRF).