College of LAS Undergraduate Research Fund
Applicants must read the Student Guidelines before completing an URF application: https://las.depaul.edu/student-resources/undergraduate-research/Documents/URFStudentGuidelines.pdf. By applying you certify that you understand the guidelines.
The Undergraduate Research Funding (URF) supports DePaul undergraduate students in their pursuit of research and scholarship. The program allows undergraduate students to receive funding for planning, implementation, and dissemination of research and scholarship at locations beyond DePaul, including virtual conferences. Providing financial assistance for conducting and presenting research at professional and academic conferences enhances the learning experiences of our students. This funding contributes to students’ overall academic experience, and more effectively meets the needs of undergraduate education.
Students may apply for funding to attend an academic conference before submitting to or being accepted by a particular conference. This pre-approval process allows a student to determine if a given trip would be feasible with or without URF Funding. (See the FAQs for more information about reimbursement policy and procedures.)
*The guidelines below address typical circumstances. As students prepare an application and speak or correspond with their faculty sponsor, the current restrictions above must be understood to modify the guidelines.
The Executive Associate Dean in LAS will approve applications. Criteria include:
• A clear and complete project description outlining the applicant’s project as it will be presented. This will typically be the conference “abstract” or “proposal” rewritten for a non-specialist audience.
• A brief but full statement of the relationship of the opportunity to the applicant’s professional development and undergraduate-level learning.
• Proof of Selection: Verified acceptance to present at an academic conference.
• A clear and complete budget form and budget narrative in the format specified (see FAQs for more information). If a budget and budget narrative are not submitted, the application will be denied.
• The endorsement of a full-time faculty member familiar with the student’s ongoing academic work
• Equitable distribution of available funding, to include special consideration of first-time applicants
URF as a Singular Source of Funding
In rare cases, students apply to multiple sources of funding for the same trip. This includes funding sources (department or career center awards, grants, fellowships, etc.) that are internal and external to DePaul. This practice is allowed, but the URF requires that you disclose this information in your application. Acceptance of a URF award shall be understood as confirmation that the applicant has not already received full funding for the same request from another source and will not submit for reimbursement charges that will be covered by another funding source.