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Grant Programs

Summer Undergraduate Research Grant (SURG)

SURG  is a program sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences to encourage mentored student research. The SURG program awards financial support to undergraduate students in support of their research, scholarly, or creative projects to be completed over the summer. While all student proposals require a faculty sponsor, this award is for student-centered projects.  It is thus fundamentally different from the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP), a program which supports faculty research in the college.

The program offers students the opportunities to design a project and develop a proposal for competitive review. Applications are judged on the quality of the proposed project and the educational benefit to the student. The process is competitive. Since funding is limited, awards are granted to the strongest proposals.

Students interested in SURG who may be unsure if their project requires approval of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) may wish to view an instructional video on the IRB process featuring Professor Noam Ostrander.


SURG grants provide students a taxable stipend according to the following schedule:

  • For projects proposed by a single student:                  $1500.00
  • For projects proposed by two students:                       $1250.00 per student
  • For projects proposed by three or more students:    $1000.00 per student

The stipend will be paid in regular payments between late June and September. Each proposal application may also request an expense allowance of up to $250 per project (not per student) to cover such expenses for supplies or other costs necessary for the project.


Eligible students are those full-time undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences who:

  • have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher, and
  • are registered for at least 12 credit hours the spring preceding and the autumn following the summer in which the grant was awarded.
  • Past award recipients may reapply, but priority will be given to first-time applicants. Past award recipients must have completed a final report for all previous projects to be eligible to be considered for a subsequent award.

Application Timetable

The annual application cycle opens on March 15th and closes on April 16th.  Applications must be submitted using this Online System. Award notification is usually made by May 1st.

Undergraduate Research Fund (URF)

The Undergraduate Research Fund (URF) Program was created to support DePaul undergraduate students by reimbursing the expenses incurred for participation in scholarly meetings to which they have been invited to share their research or creative work.

Applicants are very strongly encouraged to fully review the Student Guidelines before completing an URF application. Past URF recipients can be viewed here.


While students are encouraged to seek other sources of support, the URF is committed to reimbursing the registration, travel and accommodation costs necessary for the student to present at these events. Unless otherwise requested due to financial hardship, reimbursements will be made after travel has occurred.


The URF is available to students whose primary major is in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. For a complete list of LAS majors, see here. Applicants must also be:

  • full-time students in good academic standing with an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher, and
  • sole or main authors and are identified as presenters in the conference program or in a letter of acceptance from the conference organizers (proof of acceptance is required as part of the application).
  • Students may receive more than one award per year, but preference is given to applicants applying for the first time within the academic year.
  • Previous awardees are eligible to reapply in subsequent years.

Application Timetable

Applications are reviewed and decisions made on a rolling basis throughout the academic year until funds are depleted. Applications may be submitted online as soon as a student has received confirmation of their acceptance in the event’s program. In that application, students will be required to provide the name of a faculty member who has agreed to endorse their application. Applications must be submitted using this Online System.