Opportunities: URS Administered Grants and Fellowships

The Undergraduate Research Support Office is your hub to uncover and apply for relevant research opportunities. Below, and listed in menu at right, are our URS-Administered Programs. Please be sure to contact us if you have any questions regarding these opportunities. 

Along with these opportunities, we provide a full listing of opportunities that may be of interest to Duke undergraduates.


Deans' Summer Research Fellowship

The Academic Deans of Trinity College take pleasure in awarding the Deans' Summer Fellowships in support of undergraduate research and inquiry in the arts and sciences. The goals of the Deans' Summer Fellowship Program are to strengthen undergraduate research opportunities for undergraduates, to enlarge the scope of undergraduate research conducted on and off campus during the summer, and to provide support to enable undergraduates to extend the period over which they engage in research. 

URS Independent Study Grants

URS Independent Study Grants are provided to help defray research expenses of up to $400 for Trinity and Pratt students enrolled in faculty-supervised independent study courses or the equivalent such as thesis and research capstone courses. A grant makes funds available to purchase approved supplies and equipment (nondurable goods) for the research project. Grants may not be used to buy personal items, textbooks, pay for training or classes, or to pay salaries.

URS Assistantship Grants

URS Assistantships provide salary funds to a student to assist faculty on a research project. Funding is available for all disciplines. Applications are open to all Duke undergraduates for summer, fall and spring funding. URS Assistantships can only be awarded if the research project is completely separate from a course or course credit.

URS Conference Grants

A URS Conference Grant is an award of up to $400 to use towards attending and/or presenting research done at Duke at a national or regional meeting of a professional organization. The meeting or conference should take place during the semester in which the student is applying for the grant (Apply for the grant in the spring for a conference that takes place January - Early May).

Duke Diversity in STEM Award

The Duke DiSTEM Conference Award will cover registration, travel, meals and accommodations for the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists, a meeting founded “to encourage minority, first-generation, veteran, and disabled students to pursue higher education in STEM.” 

This year’s ABRCMS event will take place November 15th – 18th in Phoenix, AZ and the DiSTEM Conference Award aims to provide support for up to 20 Duke undergraduate students to attend this conference.   

Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Fellowship (BSURF)

The Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Fellowship is an 8-week summer research program for rising sophomores (currently enrolled Duke students). Students are placed in one of Duke's biological and biomedical science laboratories, attend faculty seminars, and participate in professional development workshops. BSURF Fellows present their work in a campus-wide research showcase at the end of the summer. Many Fellows will continue to work in their BSURF labs in subsequent years, culminating in Graduation with Distinction.