Student Life

Dean’s Fund

The Dean’s Fund provides students in the College with one-time funding for Student Life, Public Service or Undergraduate Research projects. This fund supports undergraduates in their efforts to contribute to our College and University culture, and advance their chosen academic and professional goals.

Funded by donations from generations of alumni, the Fund exists to support student life and leadership, service, and research efforts.

Applicants seeking renewable funding should seek the advice of the Center for Leadership and Involvement or their academic department to identify alternative funding sources.

Grant amounts range from $750–$1,500.

  • Students may apply for the Dean’s Fund at any time they are enrolled as a student and plan to be enrolled the following quarter; 
  • Students may receive funding only once during their College career.
  • Funding requests made to the Dean’s Fund are one-time requests and cannot be renewed.
  • Requests generally range from $750–$1500.
  • Requests cannot have already received funding from another University entity for the same project need. For large or complex projects, specific portions not funded by other entities may be eligible for funding from the Dean's Fund. Example: You will be presenting at an academic conference, your department is covering your conference fees, but you need funding for travel.
  • Applications must comply to the respective deadline and submission processes established for each type of award detailed on each application's instructions page.
  • Awards will be paid out as a stipend. The awardee will be responsible for reporting the stipend amount as income when filing tax returns (Form 1040). To receive the stipend, please see Anthony Belarmino or Katherine Karvunis in Harper Memorial Library 241. Students may be asked to provide a passport and DS2019 or I-20 (if not a US citizen) or a permanent resident card.*
  • Students who receive funding are required to submit a closing report. Due dates for closing reports will be communicated at the time funding is granted.

Proposals

Final Report

Funding requests made to the Dean’s Fund are one-time requests and cannot be renewed. Students seeking renewable funding should seek the advice of the Center for Leadership and Involvement or their academic department. Additional sources of funding include, but are not limited to:

 

Dean’s Fund for Student Life Eligibility and Application Guidelines

You will need to complete the application in one sitting; please have all materials ready for submission before beginning.

The Dean’s Fund for Student Life supports current students in the College interested in student life endeavors or projects that contribute to the life of the College and University. You may only apply to one grant type and may only receive one Dean's Fund grant (of any type) over the course of your undergraduate career.

Eligible projects may be individual or solo student endeavors or group/student organization—either recognized by the Center for Leadership and Involvement or not—undertakings.

Please carefully review all eligibility and application instructions below before beginning your application process.  Any application that does not fully comply with the below requirements or that are submitted after the stated monthly deadlines, will not be considered. Your reference will also be asked to submit their form within two weeks of your application submission. Please alert them to the deadline when you request their support.

  • Current full-time student in good standing in the College with plans to enroll in the following quarter
  • Project supported by a UChicago staff or faculty advisor
  • If the project is being submitted on behalf of a Recognized Student Organization (RSO), advisor in the Center for Leadership and Involvement must be made aware of plan to submit a Dean’s Fund for Student Life application
  • Student may not have previously received a Dean’s Fund award
    NOTE: Students may only receive Dean’s Fund support once during College career
  • Student may not receive funding from another University entity for the same project need
  • Student must agree to report and confirm fund use
  • Student may receive up to $1500 in funding (generally ranges from $750–1500) for upcoming project
    NOTE: The Dean’s Fund will not retroactively fund projects
  • Application completion and submission by midnight in accordance with the monthly deadline
    NOTE: Last application deadline is April 30
  • Staff or Faculty Advisor Evaluation: You will need to provide the name and email address for at one staff or faculty advisor. Please confirm with your advisor that they are willing to complete an emailed evaluation form on your behalf prior to submitting your application. If you are submitting an application on an RSO’s behalf, please be sure to list the name and contact information for your advisor in the Center for Leadership and Involvement.
  • Project Title
  • Proposal Summary (3-5 sentences)
  • Project Proposal (500 words maximum) that articulates:

purpose of project;
staff or faculty advisor(s);
location and structure of proposed project; and
intended learning outcomes and/or final product

  • Itemized Budget (1 page; 350 words maximum for narrative) that specifically details how you intend to spend the funding.
  • Applications for Student Life projects are accepted and reviewed on a monthly basis
  • Applications must be submitted by midnight on the last day of the month: 

October 31, 2018
November 30, 2018
December 31, 2018
January 31, 2019
February 28, 2019
March 31, 2019
April 30, 2019

  • Applications are reviewed by committee within three weeks the month following the deadline; applicants receive award notifications via email once the committee renders decisions
  • Quality of application and written materials
  • Evaluation from staff or faculty advisor on preparation and potential for success executing project, as well as:

project viability; and
preparation for project success and completion
feasibility of project (ability to complete in the time identified)

Please contact Régine Desruisseaux Enuson, Assistant Dean of Students in the College at rdesruis@uchicago.edu.

 

Dean’s Fund for Undergraduate Research Eligibility and Application Guidelines

You will need to complete the application in one sitting; please have all materials ready for submission before beginning.

The Dean’s Fund for Undergraduate Research supports current undergraduates in the College engaged in scholarly research mentored by a faculty and/or other research mentor(s). It also supports conference travel if a student is attending to present a research poster or paper. You can only apply to one grant type and may only receive one Dean's Fund grant (of any type) over the course of your undegraduate career. You can read more here about the types of scholarly undergraduate research activity supported by the Dean’s Fund. Please also carefully review the College’s defintion of undergraduate research here to ensure that your project qualifies.

Please note the following are not undergraduate research activities: professional internships, externships, job or hospital shadowing, career treks, student activities, course practicums, long-essays produced for courses, any independent study undertaken without the direct supervision of a faculty research mentor, or adminstrative employment positions for departments, faculty, or labs.

Please carefully review all eligibility and application instructions below before beginning your application process. Any application that does not fully comply with the below requirements or that are submitted after the stated quarterly deadlines, will not be considered. Your references will also be asked to submit their forms by the same deadline below. Please alert them to the deadline when you ask for their reference.

  • Current full-time undergraduate in the College with plan to enroll in the following quarter; must be in good-standing
  • Actively engaged in scholarly undergraduate research
  • Mentored by a UChicago faculty mentor and/or other affiliated research mentor(s)
  • You have not previously received a Dean’s Fund award. NOTE: Students may only receive Dean’s Grant funding once during their College career.
  • You are not receiving funding from another University entity for the same project need and/or duration
  • Agreement to report and confirm fund use after awarded
  • Applying for up to $1500 in funding (funding generally ranges from $750-1500) for future or upcoming research work/experience. NOTE: The Dean’s Fund will not retroactively fund projects/programs/travel.
  • Application completion and submission by midnight on the quarterly deadline. NOTE: Only those students seeking Research Requests for Conference support may apply at any time during the academic year.
  • Faculty or Research Mentor evaluation: You will need to provide the name and email for at least one faculty or other research mentor. Please confirm with your faculty or research mentor that they are willing to complete an emailed evaluation form on your behalf prior to submitting your application.
  • Research Project Title
  • Research Proposal Summary (3-5 sentences)
  • Upload a Research Proposal (500 words max) that articulates:

The purpose of your project;

Your research mentor(s);

The location and structure of your proposed research; and

The intended learning outcomes and/or final product.

  • Upload an Itemized Budget (1 page; 350 words max for narrative) detailing:

How you will spend the grant funding. NOTE: Budgets should not include wages for research work hours, but may detail needed expenses during research involvement period. The Dean's Fund will not cover research equipment costs and will no longer provide funding for transcription services.

  • Unofficial Transcript (please upload an unofficial copy from the registrar; do not submit a screen shot of your myuchicago record)
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) acknowledgment pertaining to research projects involving human subjects
  • Applications for conference support only are accepted on a rolling basis. However, they must be submitted at least three weeks before conference travel begins.
  • Applications for Undergraduate Research Projects must be submitted by midnight on the quarterly deadline(s): 

Autumn: Monday, October 28, 2019

Winter: Monday, February 24, 2020

Spring: Friday, May 22, 2020

Notifications are distributed approximately three weeks after the deadline. 

  • Students who have a paper, poster, or scholarly creative work that has been accepted for presentation at a professional conference or those that are participating as a conference session facilitator/moderator.
  • You will need to submit proof of conference acceptance/participation in your application.  
  • Students may submit Dean's Fund applications for conference support at any time during the academic year. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please note, you must submit your application at least three weeks before your intended travel.
  • The Dean's Fund will not accept applications for conference travel if a student is only going to network, explore career or professional development opportunities.
  • You will need to provide the name and contact details of at least one Faculty or Research Mentor who can affirm the viability of your project and the value of participating in the conference.
  • Confirmation that if you are presenting work that is part of a larger research project, you have received permission to present the work publically from your research PI, faculty or mentor.
  • Research Presentation/Project Title
  • Brief statement about the value of presenting your work (3-5 sentences)
  • Upload your Research Presentation Abstract (Posters or Oral presentations)
  • Upload proof of conference acceptance
  • Upload an Itemized Budget (1 page; 350 words max for narrative) detailing how you will spend the funds, including estimates for airfare, hotel accommodation and ground transportation.
  • Unofficial Transcript (please upload an unofficial copy from the registrar; do not submit a screen shot of your myuchicago record)
  • Quality of application and written materials
  • Evaluation from Research mentor on your preparation for and potential for success executing your project, as well as the feasibility of project (can you complete in the time you have identified?)
  • Demonstrated need for funding
  • Benefit of Research project funding to your academic or professional goals
  • Academic Record

Please contact Tracy Nyerges, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research at ccrf@uchicago.edu or Nichole Fazio, Director, College Center for Research & Fellowships.