Research universities (like NYU) aim not just to convey knowledge but to produce it and to teach others how to learn throughout their lives - so it is central to our mission to provide students with opportunities to be involved in independent inquiry.
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 5,000 student research projects have been awarded over $4.25 million in research scholarships.
See the 2021-2022 DURF Recipients!
Wondering where to start with research? Visit this page for a list of faculty who have previously sponsored DURF projects
2022-2023 Due Dates
Fall 2022: Nov. 2nd, 11:59PM
Spring 2023: March 29th, 11:59PM
Click here for more info about DURF Grant Opportunities, and to apply!
Questions? Visit our DURF FAQs!
DURF Peer Drop-In Advising:
Students now have the opportunity to chat with DURF Research Ambassadors, current DURF Grant recipients and active researchers, about any question related to undergraduate research or the DURF program no matter how big or small! If you're wondering how to get involved in undergraduate research, how to find a faculty mentor, how to apply for DURF funding, how to email potential mentors, or even just about what undergraduate research looks like, sign up for a quick appointment! Our Research Ambassadors will be happy to answer your questions and share their experiences with research and the DURF program.
All links below are for Zoom meetings - click at the scheduled time to join!
Chemistry/Biochemistry DURF Drop-Ins
Biology/Neural Science DURF Drop-Ins
Economics/Mathematics DURF Drop-Ins
Psychology DURF Drop-Ins
Social Science DURF Drop-Ins
DURF Grant Workshop:
With Professor David Ellis, EWP
March 22nd, 6:45PM - 8PM
726 Broadway, Room 701
How can you articulate the complexity of your research project in just a handful of pages? How do you write for both an inside and outside reader, revealing the pointed intervention you are making within the discipline while also arguing for the broader significance of your research? This workshop, specifically focused on the CAS DURF grant, will introduce fundamental principles of writing proposals that travel across disciplines by uncovering the formal and rhetorical structures that make up the genre. We will read professional models and explore practical strategies for mapping out your research problem in context of your discipline, as well as introduce helpful free-writing strategies to get you started. Please Note: This workshop will focus specifically on NYU’s DURF Grant.