DURF 2023-2024 Deadlines
EXTENDED Fall 2023: November 8th, 11:59PM ET
Spring 2024: March 27th, 11:59PM ET
(Conference Grant applications are accepted throughout the year on a rolling basis.)
Since research often requires financial support, the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund was created in 1996 to assist students in funding their projects. A committee of faculty reviews all DURF applications. Applicants can receive up to $1,250 per grant for a Research Grant (Individual or Team), $1000 for a Conference Grant, and up to $750 for a FAST. Applicants must be current first-years, second-years, juniors, or first-term seniors in the College of Arts and Science. A DURF grant may be used to support the purchase or rental of necessary equipment, travel to conferences or collections, or any other reasonable and justified expense (including income lost because of reduced hours at a current or continued place of employment). DURF grants may be expended during the fall, spring, or summer terms.
Click here to access the DURF application - on the log-in page, please use the option to sign in with your NYU log-in.
Applications can be submitted for:
- Individual Research Grants which are open to all students (up through first-term seniors at cAS) who have developed the skills to undertake an independent research project
- Team Research Grants designed for projects in which the individual strengths of the collaborating team members are essential for attaining the project’s goals
- First- and Second-Year Training (FAST) Grants that are specifically designed for first- and second-year students to provide funds needed to learn fundamental research skills. Please note students may not apply for both a FAST and Research Grant for the same project.
- Conference Grants for students to attend national or international meetings to present their work.
All applications require a project proposal, a proposed budget, and an assessment completed by the mentor. The entire proposal must be submitted online. Please click on the links above to access individual applications which detail specific requirements.
Students are encouraged to pursue their own independent research projects. However, projects that are offshoots of ongoing faculty research will also be considered for funding. If a project emerges from topics examined in a course, the research for which a DURF is awarded must not fulfill regular course or seminar requirements, but rather involve directed research, honors thesis, independent study, internship, or some similar course of study.
All grant recipients are required to participate in the spring CAS Undergraduate Research Conference (for which a separate application must be submitted). In accepting a grant, the student also gives the College permission to publish the abstract online and in print in Inquiry, the College’s undergraduate research journal, and to share information with the donor of the particular research grant. Recipients must submit a Grant Report to the Dean’s Office by the end of the semester after they receive their award (i.e., students receiving a grant in November must submit a Report by the end of the following spring semester).
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