College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Student Resources > Undergraduate Research > Grant Programs
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.
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SURG grants provide students a taxable stipend according to the following schedule:
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:
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.
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.
The URF provides funding for registration, travel and accommodation only. Please note that the university is not currently supporting travel of any kind. URF applications, until such time that COVID-19 travel restrictions are rescinded, may be for online conference registration only.
Applicants are very strongly encouraged to fully review the
Student Guidelines before completing an URF application.
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:
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