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Stanford offers independent research funding and assistantships for undergraduates

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Research Funding

Independent Research Funding from VPUE

Chappell-Lougee Scholarship

For sophomores who propose in-depth research in the humanities, arts, or social sciences. Grants can be up to $5000. Applications are usually due in early December. 

Major Grants

Support projects that generally culminate in an honors thesis or other capstone paper. Applications are due quarterly. 

Small Grants

Support smaller independent projects, including preliminary research or follow-up work on a larger project. Grants can be up to $1500. Applications are due quarterly. 

Undergraduate Research Assistantships

Many faculty members have funding available to hire undergraduates as assistants on their research projects. For information on Urban Studies faculty who may have research assistantships available for undergraduates, consult the program director or speak directly to a faculty member you wish to work for.


Other Sources of Independent Research Funding

Beagle II Award

The Beagle II Award promotes discovery and exploration by Stanford undergraduates who possess a strong intellectual curiosity, a passionate interest in a particular subject, and a keen spirit of intellectual adventure.  

Braden Grant for the Study of Oral Narrative

Offered by the Stanford Storytelling Project to support undergraduates interested in the study of oral narrative.

Academic Advising & VPUE Additional Resources to Support Student Research

In addition to the opportunities above, students may find additional means to support their projects.