Small Grant

Student researching bird's wing

Small Grants support smaller independent student-driven projects, and can also be used to enable a particular phase of a larger-scale effort.


Application Cycles: Autumn 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021

Next Application Deadline: Friday, Jan 22, 2021, 11:59pm PST 

Faculty Mentor Letter Deadline: Friday, Jan 29, 2021, 11:59pm PST

Project Execution: 20-21 Academic Year (Note: Undergraduate Research does not award retroactive funding)

Stipend: Up to $1,500

  • Application deadlines are quarterly.  You should plan to apply for funding at least one quarter in advance of your project's start date
  • Decisions are typically made within 6 weeks, and funding is disbursed approximately 3 weeks from award announcements

Where to Start

Proposal Guidelines

  • Small Grant proposals should not exceed a word count of 1,500
  • Read through the Go Apply site for more detailed information on the application materials you will need to assemble. Applicable links are as follows:
  • IRB protocol submission: If you are doing a project involving interviewing, observing, or otherwise working with human subjects, you must determine if your project requires Institutional Review Board (IRB) review.  You must upload proof that you submitted your IRB protocol in your Small Grant application in order for your proposal to be considered.
    • For projects involving human subjects research, you must have submitted your protocol to Stanford IRB by Friday, January 1, 2021 in order for your grant proposal to be eligible.
    • Not sure if your project needs IRB review?  Contact Stanford’s IRB at to consult with them. 
  • Field contact letter: For students who are partnering with off-campus organizations for their projects (e.g. archives, hospitals, nonprofits, community organizations), you must submit a letter of support from your partner organizations/field contacts along with your grant application.
    • Field Contact letters should be a brief note (email is fine) that includes the following:
  1. The date when your contact sent you the support letter
  2. Indicates access to a research resource and clearly states what that resource is
  3. Shows the contact information (phone & email) for the individual who will be serving as your primary contact
  4. If you are partnering with multiple organizations: Only one letter is required at the time of application, but note that the Review Committee may request additional letters at the time of review. Having letters from all of your proposed field sites strengthens your application.
  • Remote project: Per University and broader public health guidelines, all grant proposals must include a remote project option: i.e. a version of the project that can be done remotely from a student’s place of residence.  This remote option must not involve (1) any in-person engagement, (2) local, domestic, or international travel, (3) on-campus project facilities, (4) or project facilities at other institutions or organizations. Proposals that do not have a remote project plan will not be considered.
    • If you are living on campus and have been approved to use on-campus facilities, you must include documentation indicating official approval of both housing and facility usage in your proposal.

Small Grant Policies & Eligibility

  • **In addition to the below criteria specific to the Small Grant, all undergraduate students must meet our general eligibility requirements.** 
  • Time commitment: Students enrolled in classes full time (at least 12 units) are eligible for Small Grants, as long as projects take no more than 10 hours per week (equivalent to a 3-unit course)
  • Flex Term: Students in their Flex term are eligible to participate in part-time projects up to 10 hours per week in any quarter 
  • Participation in a part-time project by an unenrolled student does not make them eligible to live on campus
  • Students may not receive both academic units and a stipend for any single project activity.
  • Co-terms who have not conferred their undergraduate degree may apply if the project fits into their undergraduate academic trajectory, e.g., honors thesis, capstone project, etc. Students paying graduate tuition are ineligible.

Fundamental Standard

  • Please note violations of Undergraduate Research policies are also violations of the Fundamental Standard and may be referred to the Office of Community Standards
  • Students who fail to abide by the policies as set forth by Undergraduate Research, The Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and Stanford University will have low priority for future Undergraduate Research funding opportunities
  • Undergraduate Research reserves the right to rescind funding at any given point and time should they be apprised of any policy violations as outlined above or as listed on the Eligibility Requirements webpage

Did you meet all the eligibility requirements? If so: