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Grants and Funding for Research

The NU-Q research office provides support to students in identifying external funding opportunities and developing grant proposals to support their research activities.

Students can apply for the following grants:

Academic Year Undergraduate Research Grants

Grant offered by: Office of Undergraduate Research

Website: http://undergradresearch.northwestern.edu/ayurg

Summary: Academic Year URGs provide up to $1,000 to pay for your research expenses to do an independent academic or creative project in any field. The project is connected to an independent study or thesis seminar.

2016/2017 Deadlines:

  • 2016: October 4, November 1, November 29
  • 2017: January 17, February 14

Eligibility: Northwestern University undergraduates. Seniors may not apply to conduct projects after graduation. Only one Academic Year URG may be awarded per student during their academic career.

What it is: Your own project. Use the money for research expenses: lab materials, travel to archives or field sites, study participant compensation, or something else – you decide. While your project may relate to a faculty member’s research or develop from work within a lab, you must design and execute the project independently, with advisory assistance from your faculty mentor.  

Summer Undergraduate Research Grants

Grant offered by: Office of Undergraduate Research

Website: http://undergradresearch.northwestern.edu/summerurg

Summary: Summer URGs provide a $3,000 stipend to cover living and research expenses for full-time eight-week independent academic and creative work in all fields of study under faculty supervision.

Deadline:

  • Friday, March 10, 2017 for Summer 2017 projects

Eligibility: Northwestern University undergraduates. Seniors may not apply to conduct projects the summer following graduation. Only one Summer URG may be awarded per student during their academic career.

What it is: Your own project. Full-time (40 hours/week). Eight weeks. $3,000 lump-sum grant paid to you up front to cover your living and research expenses. While your project may relate to a faculty member’s research or develop from work within a lab, you must design and execute the project independently, with advisory assistance from your faculty mentor. 

Undergraduate Language Grants

Grant offered by: Office of Undergraduate Research

Website: http://undergradresearch.northwestern.edu/our-grants-programs/undergraduate-language-grants

Summary: ULGs provide up to $5,000 (up to 75% of total expenses) for the intensive and experiential learning of foreign language during the summer.

Deadline: Friday, January 27, 2017 for Summer 2017 study

Eligibility: Undergraduates who will be returning to Northwestern in the fall following the summer language study. Students cannot receive ULG funds to participate in language programs following graduation from Northwestern.

What it is: You identify a summer language-learning program, and this grant helps defray the costs of attending (up to $5,000 and up to 75% of total expenses). Language programs must be at least six weeks in duration, and language instruction must be the predominant (if not the sole) aim of the program. ULGs fund students who plan to use the summer language training in the pursuit of specific academic and/or professional goals. In your application, you will explain how your chosen language program will help you meet those goals.

Conference Travel Grants

Grant offered by: Office of Undergraduate Research

Website: http://undergradresearch.northwestern.edu/ctg

Summary: CTGs fund 50% of your expenses (up to $500) to present your research or original creative work at a conference.

Deadline: Submit your application at any time during the academic year, but before the actual travel takes place.

Eligibility: Open to all Northwestern University undergraduate students. Students cannot receive funds to attend conferences following graduation.  

What it is: Money to help you go present your scholarly and creative projects. Going to conferences can help you communicate your research findings, network with other researchers, and expand your understanding of the scope and nature of academic research. Plus, it is great experience in learning to effectively present your work to others.

Crown Family Middle East Research Travel Awards

Grant offered by: Buffett Institute

Website: http://buffett.northwestern.edu/funding-grants/crown-middle-east-travel/index.html

Summary: Travel awards for research projects, scholarship, or creative activity in the Middle East.

2016/2017 Deadlines:

  • October 1 for winter and spring projects
  • February 1 for summer projects
  • May 1 for summer and fall projects

Eligibility: Northwestern University undergraduates. Undergraduates must submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member (sent to Buffett Institute, 1902 Sheridan Road or emailed by the recommender to Jeff Cernucan at j-cernucan@northwestern.edu).

What it is: Funds travel awards for research projects in the Middle East by Northwestern undergraduates. Research proposals for individual and group projects are invited in all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. Proposals indicating collaboration with institutions and colleagues in the Middle East will be given priority.

Supplemental Undergraduate Grants

Grant offered by: Buffett Institute

Website: http://buffett.northwestern.edu/funding-grants/buffett-institute-summer-grants.html

Summary: Supplemental grant funding for research, internships, project work, or other non-traditional experiences.

Deadlines:

  • November 15, 2016
  • May 15, 2017

Eligibility: Northwestern University undergraduates.

What it is: The Buffett Institute encourages undergraduate involvement in the intellectual life of the University and around the world. The Buffett Supplemental Undergraduate Grant program is designed to provide supplemental funding to Northwestern undergraduates to complete or enhance research, internships, project work, or other non-traditional experiences. Funds available up to $2,000. Applicants who have already been awarded grants offered by Northwestern such as OUR Undergraduate Research Grants will be given priority. The focus of the proposed activity must be relevant to contemporary global issues.

Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Research Grants

Grant offered by: Buffett Institute

Website: http://buffett.northwestern.edu/funding-grants/keyman-turkish-studies/index.html

Summary: Grants for research projects, scholarship, or creative activity on modern Turkey.

2016/2017 Deadlines:

  • October 1 for winter and spring projects
  • February 1 for summer projects
  • May 1 for summer and fall projects

Eligibility: Northwestern University undergraduates. Undergraduates must submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member (sent to Buffett Institute, 1902 Sheridan Road or emailed by the recommender to Jeff Cernucan at j-cernucan@northwestern.edu).

What it is: Research proposals for individual and group projects are invited in all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. Applicants may place the proposed work in an interdisciplinary context by explaining its relevance to modern Turkey. Projects may build on the work of existing research or they may be an entirely new initiative, as long as they are on modern Turkey. Proposals indicating collaboration with Turkish institutions and colleagues will be given priority.

Davis Projects for Peace

Grant offered by: Buffett Institute

Website: http://buffett.northwestern.edu/global-engagement/funding/davis-projects-peace.html

Summary: A $10,000 Undergraduate Social Action Fellowship to design a grassroots “project for peace” to address a social issue.

Deadline:

  • January 15, 2017 for Summer 2017

Eligibility: Northwestern University undergraduates who are returning to campus the fall after their summer project work. (Seniors are not eligible to apply.) Individuals or small groups of 2-4 students may apply.

What it is: The grant funds a summer project with a nonprofit focused on some dimension of enabling peace in a global world. Many student projects will revolve around direct volunteerism, philanthropy, or development work. The project can be driven by research or a more applied experience, so long as it connects the participant with an established organization. Preference for applicants with strong host-country language skills with demonstrated interest in or knowledge of the country and/or region is preferred. This may be expressed through language study, area studies coursework, time abroad – but time in the country of application is not required.

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