Awards and Funding

Ready to explore on your own? The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (OUR) awards funding to undergraduates conducting independent research. In addition to funding opportunities, the OUR also administers two highly esteemed internship programs for students seeking experience in specific fields. 

Mark Sullivan

“My time spent in the OUR Summer Undergraduate Research program was quite valuable in helping me prepare to be a successful graduate student.”

—Mark Sullivan (Biological Sciences, BS ’13)

Read about Mark Sullivan's experiences in the OUR Summer Undergraduate Research Award program.  

OUR Awards

Curiosity Grants

Summer Undergraduate Research Awards

Archival Scholars Research Awards

CBS Anthony and Concetta Ambrosio Internship Award

Geo A. Bivins Jr. Internship Award

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

 

   

Curiosity Grants

The OUR invites inventive undergraduate researchers to apply to the new Curiosity Grants to fund the unique aspects of conducting research at a University. Specifically geared to student-created research or creative projects with faculty mentorship. Typical awards range from $500-$1000, though students are encouraged to request the full amount. Each request will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Applications for Curiosity Grants are accepted on a rolling basis. The typical response time is 2-3 weeks. Project examples include: conference fees, special software for theatre light design, group presentations, tools and supplies for physical projects, lighting, small 3-D printers, materials, survey incentives, submission fees, etc.

Applications will be accepted from any Dietrich School undergraduate who:

  • Needs financial support to take independent research, scholarship, or creative idea to the next level;
  • Is interested in joining a community of scholars; and
  • Has a faculty sponsor within the project discipline.
Please check back in spring term 2018 for application details for academic year 2017-18 

 

   

Summer Undergraduate Research Awards

The Summer Undergraduate Research Awards (SURA) provide a $3,500 stipend to conduct independent research over the summer. Titles of recent SURA topics range from Internet Memes and Popular Culture to The Mirror and the Mind: Medieval Literary Mirrors and the Neuroscience of the Mirror Response. SURA recipients also enroll in a 12-week summer SURA course to learn how to communicate their research findings to a general audience.

All SURA recipients participate in an ethics workshop. Because ethical concerns are inherent in every kind of research, the ethics workshop provides students, faculty, and staff with a meaningful opportunity to reflect on the kinds of ethical concerns that will guide young scholars far into the future.

“In 2011, I received a Summer Undergraduate Research Award to write a cartoon pilot script… On a whim, I pitched the finished script and another I had written afterward to Frederator Studios, which to my surprise opened the door to more pitches and finally a green-lit cartoon short titled Our Electrical Morals for their online channel Cartoon Hangover.”

—Michael Rosenthal (English Writing, BA ’12)

Read about Michael Rosenthal's experiences in the Summer Undergraduate Research Award program.

Summer Undergraduate Research Award application submissions are closed for academic year 2016-17. Please check back in spring term 2018 for application details for academic year 2017-18 

 

 

 

  

Archival Scholars Research Awards

Archival Scholars Research Award (ASRA) recipients receive a $1,000 stipend to develop independent research projects that draw on the University Library System (ULS) archives. Awardees receive archival training from professional librarians and participate in two workshops to supplement their independent research and enrich their experiences as students of the humanities. 

About the University Library System Archives

The ULS is proud to have special collections and archives housed in the Archives Service Center, Center for American Music, Fine Arts Library, Theodore M. Finney Music Library, and the Hillman Library Special Collections Department. These units work collaboratively to make their collections available and easily accessible to undergraduates. Examples of potential areas of research are available here; however, this is not a comprehensive list and students are encouraged to inquire about other collections that might align with their interests. 

ASRA Fall Open House

Undergraduates interested in ASRA should attend one of the regularly held fall open houses. During the open house, undergraduates can discuss ideas with Dietrich School faculty, representatives from the Office of Undergraduate Research, librarians, and archivists. Open house dates will be posted before each fall term.

Applications will be accepted from any Dietrich School undergraduate who:

  • is in good academic standing;
  • has 30 credit hours of academic work;
  • has declared a disciplinary major; and
  • has a faculty mentor within the project discipline responsible for the oversight of the project.
Online Application: 2018 ASRA Application
Application Deadline: Monday, November 6


 

  

CBS Anthony and Concetta Ambrosio Internship Award

The CBS Anthony and Concetta Ambrosio Internship Award provides $5,000 to support an unpaid summer academic internship at CBS Corporation in New York City. The recipient of the award is expected to live in New York City during the summer of the internship. Past recipients have interned with The NFL Today, Face the Nation, and CBS This Morning.

Joelle Smith, English Writing and Communication major, always wanted a summer in New York City. The CBS Anthony and Concetta Ambrosio Internship Award made her dream a reality. 

Applications will be accepted from any Dietrich School undergraduate who:

  • is NOT graduating in spring 2018 or fall 2018;
  • has a minimum GPA of 3.0;
  • is majoring in one of the following disciplines: communications, film studies, English, history, political science, or economics; and
  • has had at least one internship experience.

Applicants will need to request a recommendation from a supervisor at an internship or job using the Professional Reference Request Form, and from a faculty mentor using the Academic Reference Request Form

Online Application: 2018 Ambrosio Application
Application Deadline: Monday, November 6

 

 

  

Geo A. Bivins Jr. Internship Award

The Dietrich School invites undergraduates to apply for an award of $10,000 to support an unpaid summer academic internship at RCA Records in New York City. The Geo A. Bivins Jr. RCA Internship awardee also will receive academic credit for the internship. 

Applicants must:

  • be enrolled in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, preferably with a major in communications, music, film studies, theatre arts, English, history, political science, computer science, or economics;
  • be entering their junior or senior year in the fall after the internship occurs; and
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Applicants will need to request a recommendation from a supervisor at an internship or job using the Professional Reference Request Form, and from a faculty mentor using the Academic Reference Request Form

Geo A. Bivins Jr. RCA Internship Award application submissions are closed for academic year 2016-17. Please check back in fall term 2017 for academic year 2017-18 for application details.

 

 

  

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) Junior Fellows program is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States.

The Junior Fellows program is designed to provide substantive work experience for those students who have an identified career interest in the area of international affairs.

Junior Fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on Carnegie Endowment projects, such as nonproliferation, democracy building, Middle East political reform, trade and environment, economics, international security, international economics, South Asian politics, China-related issues, and Russian and Eurasian affairs.

Visit the CEIP website for more information.

Application Requirements:

  • a completed CEIP James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program application; 
  • an essay, one page or less, double spaced, on why you would like to become a Junior Fellow (please include your name on each page);
  • a one-to-two-page résumé (including phone number, address, extracurricular activities, and work experience);
  • two recommendations, at least one of which should be from a professor from your major department;
  • unofficial transcript(s) for all college-level coursework; and
  • an essay of no more than three typewritten, double-spaced pages on a topic you are interested in researching as a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment. The essay is intended to test skills in analysis, logic, and written expression. The essays are to be thought pieces, not research papers. Please refer to the application for the essay prompts. 
CEIP: James C. Gaither Junior Fellows application submissions are closed for academic year 2016-17. Please check back in fall term 2017 for academic year 2017-18 application details.