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:
- Weinberg academic year grants
- Weinberg summer grants
- Weinberg conference travel grants
- Weinberg designated funds and special grants
- Department, program, and University-wide research funding
General guidelines for Weinberg grants
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com or Deborah Coleman, IRB Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Students who win any WCAS award (academic year, conference presentation, summer, etc.) and will be traveling abroad MUST complete certain necessary pre-departure requirements, including Risk Management Seminars, before their awards will be processed. The requirements are identical to those for URG awards made through the Provost's Office. WCAS Grant recipients whose plans include international travel are required to take the following additional steps.
- Show proof of registration of your trip with International SOS (travel tracker/security information service).
- Show proof of enrollment in HTH (travel health insurance).
- Show enrollment in STEP (U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program). PLEASE NOTE: If you plan travel to a country on the U.S. State Department Travel Warning List, you must be in touch with Julie Ann Friend (address below) as soon as possible. Grants are not always considered for countries on this list. When grants are awarded for travel to countries on this list, the approval process may take six or more weeks.
- Submit overseas contact information (your complete residential address, email, cell, etc.), and contact information for two individuals (such as a parent or guardian) in case of emergency.
- Agree to check-in with grant administrator within 24 hours of arrival in overseas location.
- Participation in a 1.5 hour seminar titled "You are Your Own Risk Manager." Grant funds cannot be released until steps 1-4 are completed and screenshots are sent to the Weinberg grants email account.
You may view the PPT of the risk management seminar online, available through the Study Abroad Office, for useful information and links. Viewing the slides is NOT a substitute for attending the session. If you do not attend a session, your funding will be revoked.
If you have any questions regarding these international travel requirements, please contact: Julie Anne Friend, Associate Director for International Safety and Security for the Study Abroad Office at email@example.com or (847) 467-3175.
Contact Professor William Haarlow, Director of Weinberg Undergraduate Research, at firstname.lastname@example.org.