MARCH 15, 2021 UPDATE:
THE WCAS SUMMER GRANTS PROGRAM APPLICATION PORTAL WILL OPEN ON THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2021, AND CLOSE ON MONDAY, MAY 3, 2021.
WCAS Summer Grant Awards from the Weinberg College Baker Program in Undergraduate Research are made to Weinberg College first-years, sophomores, and juniors and consist of a $3500 stipend to cover research and living expenses for a continuous eight-week summer period. Students in other NU schools who propose research with Weinberg College faculty are not eligible for this award. Award priority is based on seniority and preference is given to rising seniors engaged in independent scholarly work, such as a senior thesis. Also, to accept this stipend you must be in good academic standing and agree to take on no other internship, paid work, or research grant during the eight-week period, nor be enrolled in courses for any part of this period. (Limited volunteer work is allowed.) Note: applicants typically must apply first for an Undergraduate Research Grant (URG) Summer Grant through the Provost's Office before applying for a Weinberg Summer grant. If the URG application is not funded, then one may apply for a WCAS Summer Research Grant.
There are additional restrictions and requirements for eligible proposals this year:
- There can be no proposed travel of any kind;
- It is not known if labs will be fully open to undergraduates this summer. As a result, the student’s proposal must describe how the summer research project can be conducted remotely in its entirety, if that is possible and if that is/becomes necessary;
- In his or her online endorsement of the proposal, the faculty mentor must certify that the summer research project can be conducted remotely in its entirety, if that is possible and that is/becomes necessary;
- If you do receive a WCAS summer grant the conditions noted above will apply.
Please note that applications have outstripped available funds for the past several years. While the majority of applications have been funded in the past, you should pursue other opportunities for summer funding and employment--and not assume that you will receive a WCAS summer grant, even with a strong proposal and faculty endorsement. Also, please be aware that the summer grants budget for 2021 is significantly smaller than in past years due to pandemic-induced budgetary constraints.
You should allow at least two to three weeks for a decision from the time that your faculty mentor provides his or her online endorsement of your proposal. As in the past, decisions will be made on rolling basis, with priority given to rising seniors and thesis research; sophomores and first-year applicants may need to wait longer for a decision. Awards will be paid at the end of June and the end of July. Because of remote payroll paperwork requirements, if you are awarded a summer grant and are interested in being paid in June you should submit your proposal as soon as possible.
Though the URG committee does not consider applications of less than eight weeks of research, Weinberg College may do so. Weinberg students who seek support for a shorter period than eight weeks of concentrated research may be considered for a prorated stipend. Prorated awards are usually for six or seven weeks of research, as approved by the faculty supervisor. Applications for fewer than six weeks are rarely successful and applications for four weeks or fewer are not considered.
Application for WCAS summer grant is made via an online protocol — similar to the one used by the Undergraduate Research Grants (URG) program administered by the Assoc. Provost’s Office. This protocol is available at: https://urg.northwestern.edu. From that site you can access links for both Provost's Office and WCAS grants.
The WCAS Summer Grants application portal will be open to receive applications starting April 15 and will close on May 3, 2021. Summer Grant applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
An application is not complete and cannot be considered for funding until the online faculty endorsement has been submitted. It is your responsibility alone to make sure your faculty research supervisor has submitted his or her endorsement! When your grant status is listed as “Reviewed,” that means your proposal has been endorsed by your faculty sponsor. It does not mean that your proposal has been reviewed by the grants committee. Typically, students can expect a decision on their proposal within two to three weeks after Weinberg receives the complete application package, including the faculty sponsor endorsement, although non-preferenced applications may take longer. Please be aware of the IRB and international travel requirements (if applicable), explained on our Grants for Undergraduate Research page. Grant recipients who do not meet applicable requirements may have their grants delayed or revoked.
NOT APPLICABLE IN 2021: Applicants who plan to conduct any of their summer research outside of the United States should submit their applications as soon as possible starting April 15th. Please be aware that all research conducted abroad with the support of College and/or University funds carries additional requirements set out by NU’s Office of Global Safety and Security. These requirements must be met before successful applicants will receive any funds. Travel to certain countries may be restricted for health and safety reasons. Note also that the $3500 amount applies to students conducting research abroad as well; there are not supplemental funds for research abroad.Back to top