Academic Year Undergraduate Research Grant (Academic Year URG)

Academic Year Undergraduate Research Grant (Academic Year URG)


Academic Year Undergraduate Research Grants (Academic Year URGs) fund independent academic and creative work in all fields of study.  Under faculty supervision, URG winners immerse themselves in novel scholarly projects in the laboratory, the library, or the studio, on campus and around the world.

All Northwestern undergraduate students are eligible for these grants.

Grants provide up to $1,000 of support for research expenses, such as lab materials, travel to archives or field sites, study participant compensation among many others.  There is additional support for project that take place internationally.

Projects must take place within an independent study or a thesis seminar during the academic year.

There are five deadlines every year: three is fall quarter and two in winter quarter.  See the AY URG website for specific deadlines for the current year.

The new AYURG-Advanced program provides the opportunity for students to receive a second yearof funding.  It can be for a continuation of the previous project or an entirely new one.  WCAS students must receive a WCAS grant as well before they are eligible for this program.  More info can be found HERE.

Basic Information

Opportunity Type: 

  • Grant or Fellowship

Opportunity Timeframe: 

  • Academic Year and/or Full Year, Northwestern Fall Quarter, Northwestern Winter Quarter, Northwestern Spring Quarter

Opportunity Start Year: 


Opportunity Location: 

  • Anywhere, Chicago Campus, Evanston Campus, Qatar Campus, Domestic, International

Opportunity Regions: 

  • Location Varies

Location Map: 

Requirements & Prerequisites


  • Undergraduate Students

Other Limits on Participation: 

Must be a Northwestern undergrad enrolled in an independent study or a thesis seminar

Language Requirement: 


Academic Information

Course Credit Availability: 

  • Yes

Subject Area(s): 

  • Any, Computing and Mathematics, Creative/Performing Arts, Engineering, Humanities, Journalism, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

Keyword Descriptors: 

  • undergraduate research, independent research, grant, academic year

Financial Information

Funding Availability: 

  • Yes


Up to $1,000

Type of Payment Available: 

  • Grant for Expenses

Contact Information

Sponsors & Partners

NU Sponsor: 

Office of Undergraduate Research

Wildcard Group

Northwestern Run Opportunity: 

Global Opportunity: 

Elective Topic: 

Similar Opportunities

Awards are made for up to $1,000 to assist Weinberg undergraduates in pursuing original research or creative work under the close supervision of a faculty member during the academic year.  Grants can help cover the costs of consumable supplies (but not lab equipment or facilities costs), data collection, travel, and other expenses directly related to the research or creative project.  [Note: Applicants typically must apply first for an Academic Year URG from the Office of the Provost before applying for a Weinberg Academic Year Grant.]

Contact Information

Wildcard Group

Northwestern Run Opportunity: 

Global Opportunity: 

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