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Weinberg Summer Grants

EFFECTIVE MARCH 6, 2020, NO WEINBERG UNDERGRADUATE GRANTS WILL BE AWARDED FOR ANY INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL OR RESEARCH.  THIS INCLUDES WCAS SUMMER GRANTS AND CONFERENCE GRANTS.  THIS POLICY WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Awards from the Weinberg College Baker Program in Undergraduate Research are made to Weinberg sophomores and juniors of a $3500 stipend to cover research and living expenses for a contiguous eight-week summer period.  (Students in other NU schools who propose research with Weinberg College faculty are not eligible for this award.)  First Year students may also apply, but award priority is based on seniority and preference is given to rising seniors engaged in independent scholarly work, such as a senior thesis. Note also that the $3500 amount applies to students conducting research abroad as well; there are not supplemental funds for research abroad.  To accept this stipend you must be in good academic standing and agree to take on no other internship, paid work, or research grant during the eight-week period, nor be enrolled in courses for any part of this period. (Limited volunteer work is allowed.) Note: applicants typically must apply first for an Undergraduate Research Grant (URG) Summer Grant through the Provost's Office before applying for a Weinberg Summer grant. If the URG application is not funded, then one may apply for a WCAS Summer Research Grant.

Please be aware that applications have outstripped available funds for the past several years.  While the majority of applications have been funded in the past, you should pursue other opportunities for summer funding and employment--and not assume that you will receive a WCAS summer grant.  If you do receive a WCAS summer grant the conditions above will apply. 

Though the URG committee does not consider applications of less than eight weeks of research, Weinberg College may do so. Weinberg students who seek support for a shorter period than eight weeks of concentrated research may be considered for a prorated stipend.  Prorated awards are usually for six or seven weeks of research, as approved by the faculty supervisor.  Applications for fewer than six weeks are rarely successful and applications for four weeks or fewer are not considered.

Application procedure

Application for WCAS summer grant is made via an online protocol — similar to the one used by the Undergraduate Research Grants program administered by the Assoc. Provost’s Office. This protocol is available at: https://urg.northwestern.edu. From that site you can access links for both Provost's Office and WCAS grants.

Deadlines

WCAS Summer Grants will be considered on a rolling basis between April 15 and May 1, 2020. The WCAS Summer Grants application portal will be open to receive applications starting April 15 and close on May 1, 2020 (or earlier if the funds are exhausted). Review of WCAS Summer grant applications will begin on April 15.  PLEASE NOTE: Applicants who plan to conduct any of their summer research outside of the United States should submit their applications as soon as possible starting April 15th.  Please be aware that all research conducted abroad with the support of College and/or University funds carries additional requirements set out by NU’s Office of Global Safety and Security.  These requirements must be met before successful applicants will receive any funds.  Travel to certain countries may be restricted for health and safety reasons.

An application is not complete and cannot be considered for funding until the online faculty endorsement has been submitted.  It is your responsibility alone to make sure your faculty research supervisor has submitted his or her endorsement!  When your grant status is listed as “Reviewed,” that means your proposal has been endorsed by your faculty sponsor.  It does not mean that your proposal has been reviewed by the grants committee. Typically, students can expect a decision on their proposal within two to three weeks after Weinberg receives the complete application package, including the faculty sponsor endorsement, although non-preferenced applications may take longer. Please be aware of the IRB and international travel requirements (if applicable), explained on our Grants for Undergraduate Research page.

Grant recipients who do not meet applicable requirements may have their grants delayed or revoked.

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