Grants for Undergraduate Research

Weinberg College offers grants to support undergraduate students in independent research, creative work, and presentations at academic conferences. These grants are funded by Weinberg College alumni, whose support make these undergraduate research grants possible.

Learn more about these funding opportunities:

General guidelines for Weinberg grants


  1. You must be a Weinberg undergraduate to apply for Weinberg research grants. (Students enrolled in other NU Schools, who are also doing Weinberg majors, are not eligible for these grants.)
  2. Except where specified, applicants typically must first apply for a Northwestern University Undergraduate Research Grant (URG) from the Provost’s Office before turning to Weinberg College for research or conference funding. If your proposal is turned down by URG, you may then apply to Weinberg, using the Weinberg application form. Your URG proposal may be used to develop your Weinberg proposal, revising as recommended by the URG review committee and in consultation with your sponsor. In most cases, the letter from your URG sponsor (faculty) may be used again for the WCAS grant proposal. Please note that he or she will need to endorse your proposal when prompted by the email, which is automatically generated when you submit your proposal. Although your sponsor will receive this email automatically, it is your responsibility alone to make sure your sponsor's endorsement has been submitted.
  3. Beginning the Required IRB Application Process: The Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Northwestern University is a multi-disciplinary committee that reviews research involving human subjects in order to ensure that the rights and welfare of human subjects are protected. Federal law and NU policy mandates that all biomedical as well as social/behavioral research involving human subjects must receive IRB approval prior to the start of the research. If your proposed research involves collecting data from human subjects (including interviews, surveys, etc.), you will need to obtain IRB approval before you may begin your project.

    All Northwestern researchers, including undergraduates, who are involved in the conduct of human subjects research are required to complete initial human subjects protection training and to re-certify every three years. This training is separate from the application process to receive IRB approval for your research project.

    The IRB staff is happy to answer your questions and assist you in preparing your application. Visit the website for more information, including drop-in hours and locations; or contact Kathleen Murphy, IRB Manager at or Deborah Coleman, IRB Coordinator at


Allow at least two weeks from the submission of the complete application, including faculty recommendation, to receive a decision from Weinberg on your grant.

Critical information for international travel

Grant recipients whose plans include international travel are required to complete Northwestern's Travel Registry for Non-credit Travelers.  This registry provides NU with information on all undergraduate travelers in case of an emergency. 

Before you can begin the registry, you should:

  1. Complete the Blackboard course "International Risk Management for Students." You do not need to know your destination or travel dates to take the course.
  2. Determine your travel dates.
  3. Book your travel.
  4. Obtain an international medical insurance plan with Northwestern’s preferred provider, HTH Worldwide (Blackboard course will explain how to do this) and have your HTH enrollment confirmation at hand.
  5. Enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program or STEP (again the Blackboard course will explain how) and take a screen shot of your completed STEP enrollment confirmation. (US Citizens only)
  6. Collect the names, phone numbers, and e-mail address of two emergency contacts (typically parents or guardians).
  7. Have your passport number available.

When you are ready to begin the registry, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the registry link: Travel Registry
  2. Click on Search Programs and select your program.
  3. Select the term during which your travel will take place.
  4. Click on log in to apply.
  5. Click on Northwestern Student Login button, and use your netID and password.
  6. Complete your profile and then you will be directed to the registry.

Grant funds cannot be released until all these steps are completed.  When you have completed your Travel Registry, please notify the Weinberg Student Grants Program at  This notification email MUST have your first and last name and "Travel Registry Complete" in the subject line.   The earlier that you complete the Travel Registry, the sooner you can receive your funding. Your Travel Registry must be complete at least 7 days before your departure, or your grant could be revoked.

If you have questions regarding the international travel requirements noted above, please contact:
Julie Anne Friend, J.D., Director
Beth Osterlund, Administrative Assistant
The Office of Global Safety and Security
Northwestern University
629 Colfax St.
Evanston, IL 60208
Direct: 847-467-3175
Main: 847-467-6400
Fax: 847-467-6410


Contact Professor William Haarlow, Director of Weinberg Undergraduate Research, at