VPUE Departmental and Faculty Grants for Undergraduate Research are intended to introduce Stanford undergraduates to ways of conducting scholarship in a particular field and to promote student training in rigorous methods of inquiry, analysis, or creation appropriate to the academic discipline of interest. Grants will fund student training and learning through participation in faculty-designed research, scholarly, and creative projects, and that promote the inclusion of students in intellectual communities with a primary emphasis on developing the skills that prepare faculty-mentored students to undertake more independent projects in the future.
STUDENT STIPENDS: Funds support full-time stipends for eligible undergraduates using their Flex Quarter in the Spring or Summer, and part-time stipends for eligible undergraduates not on a Leave of Absence in any quarter. For additional information about student eligibility, for both full-time and part-time projects, please visit our Faculty & Department Grant Administration page.
NON-STIPEND EXPENSES (PROGRAMMING FUNDS): For Departmental Grants, grants may also support activities and events that build a cohort or community of summer students.
In summary, students supported by these funds will develop their capacities as researchers, humanists, or artists through intellectual exploration, engagement with faculty, and immersion in a scholarly community.
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VPUE Departmental Grants for Undergraduate Research support cohorts of students mentored by multiple Stanford Academic Council faculty members, each affiliated with the department, program, or research center submitting the application. Department Grant applications open by the first day of classes each academic year during the Fall Quarter. The deadline each year is October 31st.
VPUE Faculty Grants for Undergraduate Research support a single student mentored by a Stanford Academic Council faculty member. Faculty Grant applications open by the first day of classes each academic year during the Fall and Winter quarters. Deadlines are October 31st and February 15th each year. Faculty mentors with access to a Departmental Grant (see above) are not eligible.
The programs are competitive, and even strong proposals may receive only partial funding. Successful proposals will provide concise evidence of:
Reviewers closely examine the results of the annual VPUE Undergraduate Research Evaluation (a student survey administered by Undergraduate Research staff). Student responses are critical factors in future funding decisions.
**NOTE: Exemplary proposals may be shared with future applicants.
Departmental Grants and Faculty Grants for Undergraduate Research are administered by the Vice Provost Office for Undergraduate Education (VPUE).
For questions regarding program goals, proposal content, or review criteria, please contact:
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Research Opportunities
For questions regarding grant administration and budgets, please contact:
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