Skip navigation
Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research Center

Funding Opportunities

Partners in scholarship (pins) Awards


Partners in Scholarship (PinS) provides a unique opportunity for students to collaborate on a project with a faculty member. Students should work with the faculty partner to develop a detailed project plan. While most partnerships involve one-to-one work with a faculty member, students can work with multiple faculty members or with other students. If working with other students, each student must submit an application stating his/her personal contribution to the project and is eligible to receive $1,500. All projects must be finished by June 1st of the academic year. The URC cannot fund tuition, internships, service learning, classes, or lessons. Funding may be considered for research-related travel. For more questions, contact [email protected]

Fall application deadline: October 9, 2019. (Notifications will be sent week of November 4)

Winter application deadline: January 22, 2020 (Notifications will be sent the week of February 17)

Spring application: TBD (application cycle may be cancelled depending on fall and winter application profiles)

Summer Research Grant


The Summer Research Grants are intended to stimulate student/faculty collaborative projects. Students may request up to $3,500, and may include a stipend in addition to project expendables. The project may last anywhere from 1 to 10 weeks, depending on the nature of the project. While most partnerships involve one-to-one work with a faculty member, students can work with multiple faculty members or with other students. If working with other students, each student must submit an application stating his/her personal contribution to the project and is eligible to receive up to $3,500. The Summer Research Program cannot fund service learning programs, tuition, DU courses (direct or indirect), or lessons. Graduating Seniors are not eligible to apply for a Summer grant.

Student Stipends

Student stipends, if requested, will be paid on a monthly basis and are taxed. When requesting a stipend, you must factor in an 1.5% fringe rate. You must submit an I-9 form, required paperwork proving ability to work in the United States, and a W-4 form.

Summer application deadline: April 4, 2020

 All Summer Research Grant awardees are required to attend one or both of the following:

  1. DU Research and Scholarship Showcase, Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 3:00-6:00PM (Hamilton Gymnasium)
  2. "Logistics of Undergraduate Research" workshop, TBD

These events will give you the opportunity to hear tips from experienced undergraduate researchers, as well as prompt you to think through the expectations for your summer of research and how this experience will fit into your future goals and ambitions.

Student Scholar Travel Fund


Students whose work has been accepted at an academic conference or meeting may apply for the Student Scholar Travel Fund (SSTF). In order to be considered for funding, the travel should be for the purpose of presenting academic research. Students may only receive one travel grant per academic year. Graduating Seniors may not receive the SSTF for travel after their graduation date.

Students may request up to $1,000 for approved reimbursable expenses related to their travel. Examples of eligible expenses include:

  • travel
  • accommodations
  • meals
  • conference registration

The SSTF does not fund service learning programs, DU courses, lessons or student stipends. The SSTF will not pay for off-campus study programs or travel that has already been completed. All receipts must be turned in within 30 days of travel.

Application Instructions

Proposal Review Requirement

All PinS and Summer Research Grant applicants ARE REQUIRED to complete a pre-submission review of their proposal. They may complete this requirement by choosing one (or more) of the following:

  1. Attend a "How to Write a Research Proposal" workshop (see the Events tab for scheduled workshops)
  2. Meet with a Writing Center consultant
    • To schedule an appointment with a Writing Center consultant, please visit the following site: You may work with anyone, but some of our consultants are specializing in PinS proposals. To make an appointment with one of these consultants, when you log in, look for the "limit to" menu near the top of the screen, and choose "PinS Grant Proposals." Then click on any white square to make your appointment.
  3. Meet with an Undergraduate Research Ambassador to review proposals. Ambassadors are undergraduate students that have received URC awards, themselves, and are adept at providing guidance and suggestions regarding the proposal review process.
Application Deadlines

Partners in Scholarship

  • Fall Application: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 (notifications sent the week of November 4)
  • Winter Application: January 22, 2020 (notifications will be sent the week of February 17)

Summer Research Grant

  • April 4, 2020

Student Scholar Travel Fund

  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis
PinS & Summer Research Grant Application

A complete application consists of: 

  • The online application. APPLY HERE.
  • The project proposal should be a maximum of 2 pages, SINGLE-SPACED. You should also include a 3rd page that lists citations, a timeline, and a detailed budget justification (uploaded at the end of the online application). We encourage you to use the URC Proposal Evaluation Rubric (below) to guide your proposal structure. 
  • Unofficial transcripts (we will gather this for you).
  • Faculty partner endorsement form (this will be automatically forwarded to your faculty partner after you submit your application and faculty will need to complete their endorsement by the following Monday, approximately 4 days after the application deadline)
The committee looks for a well-written and thorough research or creative project. For research projects, they want to understand what your research question is, what data you are collecting, how you are collecting it, and if it is realistic to the timeline you submitted. For creative projects, you should make the case that you are contributing to the field by doing something new and important. Talk with your faculty partner about your project to make sure it's feasible. Include a reference list or citation list of academic literature to make your case. The proposal review committee is comprised of faculty from a diverse set of academic departments on campus. As a result, your proposal should be general enough that a faculty member from any academic discipline (i.e. history, biology, art) can easily understand and evaluate your proposal.

The project proposal should address the following:

  • Define the research problem or creative endeavor. How does it fill a gap in existing knowledge or the extant body of creative works, and why is it important to fill that gap? Be sure to cite the most important sources that your project builds upon. What is the question you hope to answer? Why are you undertaking the project?
  • Describe the research method and the research design. Why is it likely to succeed? Explain how you will collect data or recruit participants. For visual or performing arts, explain how the proposed project is not simply an effort to refine one's own skills or abilities, but connects to broader questions within your discipline.
  • How does the project relate to your goals?
  • What background do you have that prepares you for this project?
  • What will be the final product(s) of the project?

Other questions to consider and address:

  • Is the data you are collecting a new venture or could you use existing information?
  • If you are requesting funds for travel, why is it necessary for you to go to the destination? If conducting interviews, explain why in-person interviews are preferable to email or Skype interviews.
  • If you plan on conducting interviews, what are your questions, how are you going to find individuals to participate, and what would you do if you could not find enough participants?
  • Is your question focused enough to explore in the timeline you submitted?
  • What will you do with the data and findings?

***Write your proposal for a general audience, so that those outside of your discipline can understand it.***

  Rubric extended

SSTF Application

The SSTF application is online. APPLY HERE.

Applications are accepted at any time during the academic school year. The committee reviews applications on a monthly basis. Be prepared to provide the following information: 

  • Your general student information
  • Event information (dates, location, name of conference or meeting)
  • Project title
  • Project abstract/summary
  • Itemized budget and budget description  
Human or Animal Research

Does your proposed project involve human subjects? 

If your project involves human subjects (this includes surveys, interviews, observation of public behavior, etc.) you must complete and submit an Application to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects form. Complete the IRB form in consultation with your faculty partner and submit it to the IRB. IRB approval can take time. If you receive URC funding, it will be contingent upon IRB approval.

Does your proposal involve animals?
If you are working with animals, you must receive IACUC approval. If you receive URC funding, it will be contingent on IACUC approval.


International research

If applying for an international PinS grant, all applicants must verify that your proposed destination(s) is approved by Enterprise Risk Management prior to submitting an application. Review the information found here in order to determine if your destination(s) is approved or not. If your destination(s) is not found on the list of high-risk destinations, proceed with the PinS application process. If your destination(s) is not approved, please contact [email protected] to discuss the option to submit a petition to the International Travel Committee for review. If you have any concerns or questions relating to health, safety, and security of your proposed destination(s), please contact [email protected] to discuss any issues.