Undergraduate Funding

Expanding Horizons

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) enables students to transcend the conventional boundaries of classroom learning and engage in hands-on research and creative projects. 

UROP gives students the opportunity to design all aspects of their projects, from identifying a research topic or creative goal to developing a persuasive narrative, reasonable timetable, and appropriate budget. Each student is guided through this process by a faculty member of their choosing with the goal of forming a one-on-one interaction that can elevate the student-teacher relationship to that of colleagues working together on a subject of mutual interest. In all these respects, UROP gives the students in the College extraordinary opportunities to pursue scholarship and creative works that reflect their own interests and aspirations.

Depending on the student's prior experience and needs, UROP offers 9 different grant opportunities (see below) to support a wide array of needs associated with undergraduate projects. All UROP proposals are accepted on a rolling basis from the beginning of the fall semester until March 19, 2023. Funding priority will be given to those who have not yet received an ISLA award.

Research and Materials Grant

Timing: Academic Year

Up to $1,750

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until March 19, 2023; Seniors must apply by the end of the fall semester.

Research and Materials Grants support research activities and creative endeavors

Research Access and Mentoring Program (RAMP)

Timing: Summer

$3500 stipend, room and board, up to $1500 research allowance, and tuition for one 3-credit summer course.

February 3, 2023

Senior Thesis Grant

Timing: Academic Year, Summer

Max Award: $2,500

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Seniors must apply by the end of the fall semester; Juniors must apply by March 19, 2023

Senior Thesis Grants support research conducted to fulfill the requirements for a thesis

Kennedy Scholars Fellowship

Timing: Academic Year, Summer

Up to $5,000

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Specific deadlines apply to projects involving travel (see details).

The Kennedy Scholars Fellowship supports senior thesis research projects from students who participated in the London Global Gateway's Kennedy Scholars Seminar after their semester in London has ended.

Diana M. Sciola Grant

Timing: Academic Year, Summer

Up to $5,000

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until March 19, 2023; Seniors must apply by the end of the fall semester.

The Diana M. Sciola Endowment for Excellence supports projects that study the various ways in which the Catholic tradition has influenced art throughout the ages

Summer Comprehensive Grant

Timing: Summer

Up to $5,000

April 7, 2023

The Summer Comprehensive Grant supports a broad array of Arts and Letters research and creative projects

DaVinci Multidisciplinary Grant

Timing: Summer

Up to $4,500

April 7, 2023

Support for Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Projects

American Dream Grant

Timing: Summer

Max Award: $4,500

April 7, 2023

The American Dream Summer Grant Program, sponsored by the Prochaska Family, supports research or creative projects on topics exploring the American Dream. 

Conference Presentation Grant

Timing: Academic Year, Summer

Up to $1,000

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students must submit their application at least one month in advance of the conference presentation. For graduating seniors, the conference needs to take place by May 1.

Conference Presentation Grants support opportunities for undergraduates (juniors and seniors only) to present their work – commonly a paper or poster – at domestic and international conferences.