Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund Grants

Since research often requires financial support, the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund was created in 1996 to assist students in funding their projects. A committee of faculty reviews all DURF applications. Applicants can receive up to $1,000 per grant for an Individual or Team Research Grant and up to $500 for a FAST or Conference Grant. Applicants must be current freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or first-term seniors in the College of Arts and Science. A DURF grant may be used to support the purchase of necessary equipment, travel to conferences or collections, computer time, or any other reasonable and justified expense (including income lost because of reduced hours at a current or continued place of employment). DURF grants may be expended during the fall, spring, or summer terms.

Applications can be submitted for:
  • Individual Research Grants which are open to all students including freshmen and sophomores who have developed the skills to undertake an independent research project.
  • Team Research Grants designed for projects in which the individual strengths of the collaborating team members are essential for attaining the project’s goals.
  • Freshman and Sophomore Training (FAST) Grants that are specifically designed for freshmen and sophomores to provide funds needed to learn fundamental research skills.
  • Conference Grants for students to attend national or international meetings to present their work.

All applications require a project proposal, a proposed budget, and an assessment completed by the mentor. The entire proposal must be submitted online. Please click on the links above to access individual applications which detail specific requirements. For advice on writing an effective proposal, reaching out to mentors, or any other concerns related to the DURF, please contact 212-998-8140.

Students are encouraged to pursue their own independent research projects. However, projects that are offshoots of ongoing faculty research will also be considered for funding. If a project emerges from topics examined in a course, the research for which a DURF is awarded must not fulfill regular course or seminar requirements, but rather involve directed research, honors thesis, independent study, internship, or some similar course of study.

All grant recipients are required to participate in the spring CAS Undergraduate Research Conference (for which a separate application must be submitted). In accepting a grant, the student also gives the College permission to publish the abstract online and in print in Inquiry, the College’s undergraduate research journal, and to share information with the donor of the particular research grant. The student must submit to the Dean’s Office a written report after the completion of the grant explaining how the funds were expended, a paper describing the results of the research, and a 150 to 200 word abstract of that paper.

Deadlines for the DURF application for the 2016-2017 academic year:

Fall 2016
  • Application Deadline: November 4, 2016
  • Mentor Assessment Deadline: November 9, 2016
  • Selection Committee Meetings: the third week of November 2016
Winter 2017
  • Application Deadline: February 10, 2017
  • Mentor Assessment Deadline: February 15, 2017
  • Selection Committee Meetings: the fourth week of February 2017
Spring 2017
  • Application Deadline: March 31, 2017
  • Mentor Assessment Deadline: April 5, 2017
  • Selection Committee Meetings: the third week of April 2017

(Conference Applications are accepted throughout the year on a rolling basis.)

In accepting a grant, the student gives the College permission to publish the abstract online and in print in Inquiry, the College's undergraduate research journal, and to share information with the donor.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office for Students Joel Ward at 212-998-8140.

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