Research Awards

Explore our more than 10 undergraduate research awards below using the sort, filter, and search tools.

Although all the awards require the same application materials, each offers a different amounts and some have more specific criteria for the types of projects that can be funded. Detailed information can be found on each single award page.

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Humanities Research Clusters

The Humanities Research Clusters are open to undergraduates and graduate students. They provide for an open discussion of current topics in evolving and understudied interdisciplinary fields. Each approved research cluster will receive up to $1,000 of annual funding from the university for meetings, materials, and guest speakers. Cluster members will also have access to the Humanities Collaboratory, a new flexible hybrid learning space on campus.

The Phares Family Grant for International Engagement

The Phares Family Grant for International Engagement is a $7,000 award. Preference will be given to rising juniors and seniors who are unable to study abroad during the academic year, and who plan to travel abroad for a period of a minimum of two weeks for an independent research study. 

Meg Walsh Award

The Second Decade Society/Florence “Meg” Long Walsh Leadership Award provides a graduating senior from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences with $32,000 to undertake an independent project of his or her own unique design involving international travel.

Louis E. Goodman Award

The Louis E. Goodman Award ($1,000) is to facilitate personal enrichment in a discipline (arts and humanities) that may not otherwise be addressed/pursued by the recipient.

John Camp and Mindy Farber ’74 Endowed Award

The John Camp and Mindy Farber ’74 Endowed Award (approximately $4000) was created to support undergraduates conducting research in brain science, with preference given to students performing research related to brain cancers.

Ho Family Summer Study Abroad Scholar

The Ho Family Summer Study Abroad Scholar ($5000) award is intended to support immersive educational experiences in East Asia.

Constance A. Morella International Scholarship

The Constance A. Morella International Scholarship ($5,000) is for independent international research projects focused on Spain.

Bander Family Fund Award

The Bander Family Fund Award (up to $4,000) is intended to encourage students to think creatively in defining a summer project that can only be done outside of the classroom. The work may be independent research, a creative venture, or an internship directly related to a field of study.

Jeffrey Ma Shiu and Emily Liu Endowed ASPIRE Award

The annual $4,000 award will be made available for students to pursue original research in the brain sciences.

Charles S. Singleton Center Undergraduate Research Awards for the Study of Premodern Europe

Fellowships are available to support undergraduate research projects involving any aspect of premodern Europe. Students must apply through the Singleton Center, not URSCA.

Sheridan Libraries DURA

The Sheridan Libraries DURA, co-sponsored by the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute is awarded to students working on research projects that specifically utilize primary source materials in the rare book, manuscript, and archival collections of the Sheridan Libraries. The application for this project is through the Sheridan Libraries, not through URSCA.

ASPIRE Grant

The Dean’s ASPIRE Grants (Arts and Sciences Projects, Investigations, and Research Endeavors; up to $5,000) are designed to promote independent research projects among KSAS undergraduates.

Albstein Research Scholarship

The Albstein Research Scholarship (up to $5,000) is open to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing intensive research in brain science, especially Alzheimer’s research.

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