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. Administered by Notre Dame’s Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, UROP facilitates in-depth, self-directed learning by providing grants to support an array of needs associated with undergraduate 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.
Academic Year Grants:
Please note: ISLA remains committed to our undergraduate programs, even while travel is currently prohibited due to COVID-19. All questions regarding University policies on domestic or international student travel should be directed to here.nd.edu.
During the 2021 spring semester, ISLA will be supporting registration fees for online conferences, workshops, or seminars.
Proposals for Conference Presentation Grants (CPGs) must include: 1) a description of the conference, specifying the particular session or panel at which the student will be presenting; 2) a conference acceptance letter and a copy of the accepted abstract; 3) a copy of the Human Subjects IRB approval (or exemption), if it was necessary for the research being presented; 4.) a budget, justifying costs, and 5.) a letter of recommendation from a regular faculty member in the College of Arts and Letters (teaching-and-research faculty or special professional faculty). Sophomores, juniors, and seniors with majors in the College of Arts and Letters are eligible for Conference Presentation Grants. Students with minors in Arts and Letters disciplines may also apply if their supervising faculty member is in the College of Arts & Letters.
Conference Grant recipients must submit a copy of the paper or poster they presented to ISLA within 30 days of their presentation’s completion.
Funding is available up to $250.
Research and Materials Grants support research activities and creative endeavors. Materials covered may include but are not limited to: books not available through ND libraries, remote archive/library services, art supplies, human subject payments, survey services, computer programming services, virtual language instruction fees, software, and costs associated with online skill acquisition. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a major in the College of Arts & Letters are eligible for Research & Material Grants. Students with minors in Arts and Letters disciplines may also apply if their supervising faculty member is in the College of Arts & Letters.
Funding is available up to $1,000. How to Apply for Funding
Senior Thesis Grants support research conducted to fulfill the requirements for a thesis. Like the Research & Materials Grants described above, senior thesis grants support expenses such as: books not available through ND libraries, remote archive/library services, art supplies, human subject payments, survey services, computer programming services, virtual language instruction fees, software, and costs associated with online skill acquisition. Juniors and seniors conducting a thesis under the direction of an Arts and Letters faculty member are eligible for Senior Thesis Grants.
Funding is available up to $1,500. How to Apply for Funding
Please note: Each of our grants has post-award requirements.