Arts & Humanities Undergraduate Research Small Grants Application Instructions
The Undergraduate Research Small Grants Program is designed to enhance opportunities for undergraduate students in the Arts & Humanities to conduct research/creative activity. The grants offer financial support of up to $500 on a competitive basis and will be given as cash awards to each student’s tuition account.
- Fall Deadline: Monday, September 16, 2019
- Spring Deadline: TBD
Grants are restricted to currently enrolled undergraduate students majoring in a department/school in Arts & Humanities. Applications are considered from individual students or for group trips with a faculty member. Students are eligible for an Undergraduate Research Small Grant once a year. Thesis research is appropriate for this form of funding, though other sources of funding are considered in determining these awards.
Students may apply for grants to fund any of the following and should mark on the project endorsement form which category their request falls under:
- Travel to give conference presentations, perform, or exhibit work at significant professional meetings or events both here in the United States and abroad;
- Travel to research collections, exhibition & performance sites, or residency programs in the United States or abroad;
- Travel to study abroad programs;
- Expenses related to the purchase of necessary materials for research/creative activity.
There are two application deadlines during the academic year:
- Fall Deadline: Friday, September 29, 2017
- Spring Deadline: Friday, March 2, 2018
If the applicant plans to use the funds in the spring, they should apply in the prior fall semester, and if they plan to use the funds during the summer or fall, they should apply in the prior spring semester. Retroactive applications under this program will not be considered. All funding is contingent on availability. The completed application must reach the Arts & Humanities Office by 5 p.m. on the deadline given above to be considered for that competition round; late applications will be reviewed in the following round. All applications must be submitted through the student’s Department Chair, and require the following signatures of endorsement:
- a faculty sponsor;
- the Director of Undergraduate Studies;
- the Chair (in the case of the School of Music, the Director)
- An Application/Project Endorsement Form, signed by a faculty sponsor, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, and the Department Chair, endorsing the project and confirming either the availability or unavailability of departmental funds.
- A letter of 1-2 pages in which the applicant describes the project, its purpose, significance, methodology, and its relevance to the field, etc. In the case of travel requests, applicants will need to explain the relevance of the venue to the particular field. Describe how this experience will enhance your degree program and your development as an artist, performer, or scholar.
- A detailed budget. Applicants should indicate whether they have obtained matching funds or are currently applying for such funds. Please note that the cost of food (per diem) is not reimbursed under this program.
- In the case of a presentation or performance, provide a letter of invitation or other indication of acceptance from the sponsoring organization or institution.
A faculty adviser or sponsor is required to sign off on the project. The Undergraduate Director is required to review applications to ensure that each applicant is currently registered in the program. The Departmental Chair is required to review and endorse the project and to verify whether departmental funding is available for the project.
The applicant should fill in the form provided by the "Apply Now" link below. They will need to provide a name and email for both themselves and their faculty adviser/sponsor. Once signed by the faculty adviser/sponsor, the email is automatically forwarded to the Undergraduate Director and the Departmental Chair.
Once completed, the form automatically submits to Assistant Dean Garett Heysel.
Arts & Humanities Review
The proposal review process at the Arts & Humanities level will consist of an overall assessment of the merits of the proposed project (benefits to the student, how likely the student is to complete the task successfully, feasibility of the budget, etc.) as well as an assessment of the merits of the application itself (how well it explains the project and its benefits, the completeness of the application, readability, etc.).
IMPORTANT! Please use the table below to find your Undergraduate Studies Director and Chair/Director before you start the form!
|Unit||Undergraduate Studies Director||Chair or Director|
|Mary Anne Beecher
|Film Studies||Ryan Friedman
|History of Art||Karl Whittington
When you have gathered all required material, please apply using the link below:
For more information on how to submit a proposal using DocuSign, please see DocuSign instructions [pdf].