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 2015-16 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 2016-2017:

Friday, February 10, by 11:59pm

Friday, March 31, by 11:59pm

Information Sessions for Spring 2017: 
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: 

Monday, January 31

Thursday, March 2


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

Discipline-Specific Sessions Information Sessions:

In conjunction with the Preprofessional Advising Center, we’re excited to offer three discipline-specific (STEM, Humanities and Social Sciences) information sessions entitled “Research Roundtable: Exploring the Value and Inner-Workings of Research Projects at NYU.” These sessions will focus not only on the short- and long-term academic and professional value of undergraduate research but also on some of the nuts and bolts of finding and funding research opportunities. 

Each session will feature current undergraduate researchers as well as a faculty member in order to provide a variety of insights and perspectives. We will discuss ways to obtain and excel in research experiences, and how undergraduate research can prepare you for graduate or professional education. These sessions will be great ways to learn more about research itself, network with peers interested in research and meet faculty! 

STEM: Monday, February 13, from 5:30–7PM in Jurow Hall, with Neville Sanjana, Faculty at NY Genome and Assistant Professor of Biology

  • Prof. Sanjana's lab combines several bioengineering tools to study genetic variants that cause diseases of the nervous system and cancer.  RSVP here

Humanities: Tuesday, February 14, from 5-6PM in Silver 907, with Ada Ferrer, Professor of History

  • Prof. Ferrer's research focuses on slavery, race and revolution especially in Cuba and the Caribbean.  RSVP not Required

Social Science: Thursday, February 16, from 5:30-7PM in Silver 907, with Fabio Mattioli, Faculty Fellow Center for European and Mediterranean Studies

  • Dr. Mattioli's research focuses on economic inequality and urban politics in Southern and Eastern Europe.  RSVP here


DURF Drop-Ins:
Is this your first time writing and submitting a DURF proposal? Do you have questions about your application? Would you like someone to read over your proposal and give you feedback? Whether it’s your first DURF proposal or your seventeenth, you can benefit from stopping by our DURF Drop-In sessions. Peer researchers will be available to answer questions and/or provide feedback on your proposal:

  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017
  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Note: All sessions will be held at Waverly 669 from 7–9PM.


Dean's Undergraduate Research Funds for Global Initiatives

CAS is proud to recognize outstanding student work on topics of global relevance through the following named Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund grants. These and other named DURF grants are awarded to DURF applicants based on the exceptional quality of their project as described in their DURF proposal. All DURF applicants working on relevant topics are automatically considered for these honors. No separate application is needed:

Robert A. Fowkes Research Scholarship — recognizing outstanding student research on European culture (or at a European NYU academic center)

Arthur Frommer Research Scholarship for Travel and Global Studies — recognizing outstanding student research in the field of international travel, or research involving multidisciplinary international study at a Global NYU Center

June Schlesinger Katz International Research Scholarship — recognizing outstanding student research on a foreign culture or nation

S. Okamura Research Scholarship — recognizing outstanding student research on East Asian culture or history

Drs. Mayank and Amita Patel Research Scholarship — recognizing outstanding student research on South Asian culture, with a focus on religious studies

Herman J. Wechsler Award for Study and Travel in the Fine Arts — recognizing outstanding student research on European fine art or art history by a student who will study or has studied at one of NYU's European academic sites

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 these particular GlobalFest CAS DURF awards, please contact the office for Students by calling 212-998-8140.