Dean's Undergraduate Research Fund

Providing students with opportunities to be involved in independent inquiry is central to the mission of our research University. We aim not just to convey knowledge but to produce it and to teach others how to learn throughout their lives.

Through the generosity of parents, alumni, and friends of the College, an endowed Fund provides grants to assist a student's own research, whether to help with the gathering of data and information, or in the presentation of the results at an academic conference. Selection by a faculty committee is competitive. Since 1996, over 1,000 students have been awarded over 1.5 million dollars in research scholarships. For the list of 2014-15 DURF recipients please click here. Students apply to the College; forms and instructions are available online.

Dean's Undergraduate Research Fund (DURF)
Application Deadlines for 2015-2016:

Friday, November 6, 2015
Friday, February 12, 2016
Friday, April 1, 2016

Information Sessions for 2015-2016:

A series of DURF information sessions will be held in advance of each DURF application deadline. These sessions will focus on grant writing strategies, working with a faculty mentor, designing a successful research project, and other tips to help you submit a winning proposal. Session dates are as follows:

Tuesday, February 2
Wednesday, March 9
Thursday, March 24

NOTE: All sessions will be held in Silver 907 from 5–6PM

Humanities Research Information Session:

New this spring (!), an information session for all freshmen, sophomores and juniors interested in pursuing undergraduate research in the humanities. Majors, minors and humanist enthusiasts, all are welcome and encouraged to attend! Current undergraduate researchers and Dean Ward will be on hand to discuss research in the humanities, how to get started, connecting with faculty and funding opportunities:

Wednesday, Feb. 10
Note: Session will be held in Silver 907 from 5:30–6:30PM

Dean's Undergraduate Research Funds for Global Initiatives
CAS is proud to offer specially designated awards available through the Dean's Undergraduate Research Fund. These awards are geared towards students doing research on a topic of global relevance, and are open to any CAS student working on an honors thesis or other project based on experiences within the Global Network University. Consider applying for one of the following:

Robert A. Fowkes Research Scholarship — an award to a student doing research on European culture (or at a European NYU academic center)

Arthur Frommer Research Scholarship for Travel and Global Studies — an award to a student doing research in the field of international travel, or doing some kind of research involving multidisciplinary international study at a Global NYU Center

June Schlesinger Katz International Research Scholarship — an award for research on a foreign culture or nation (a wide number of projects can fit this description)

S. Okamura Research Scholarship — an award to a student researching some aspect of East Asian culture or history

Drs. Mayank and Amita Patel Research Scholarship — an award given to a student doing research on South Asian culture, with a focus on religious studies

Herman J. Wechsler Award for Study and Travel in the Fine Arts — for a student who is researching European fine art or art history and will study or has studies at one of NYU's European academic site

Virtual Arboretum Project — The Collaborate Dean's Undergraduate Research Fund Award

The Virtual Arboretum Project's goal is to nurture the cross-disciplinary work so many of our students undertake. To make a long-lasting and ongoing contribution to NYU's Global Network, CAS students can apply for funds to work with a team of peers from other departments within CAS, or from other schools within the university, to capture data, images, and information about the green spaces — particularly the trees, plantings, and other flora — on the various NYU campuses and academic centers. Students interested in photography, computer programming, horticulture, environmental sustainability, urban design, writing, and other areas can come together to create a living online document that will highlight the ways our campuses interact with the natural world. The possibilities for collaboration, and for building a web-based document and archive, are endless.

Interested students should make an appointment with the Assistant Dean for Students for support in drafting a proposal, finding collaborators and/or mentors, and working with NYU's Global Information Technology Services.

For more information on the DURF, please visit: And for more information on these particular GlobalFest CAS DURF awards, please contact the office for Students by calling 212-998-8140.