Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research Fund

Students may request funding for senior theses and for other proposals emphasizing original research that is directly supervised by a Tufts faculty member. Supplies, travel, library cards, and payment of research subjects are examples of appropriate expenses. Thesis binding, the purchase of computers or other durable goods, the purchase of books available from Tisch library or ILL, or payment of a salary are expenses that would not normally be granted. The fund will support travel to a conference if the student is presenting research, but we cannot reimburse you for meals. The fund will not support participation in educational programs and seminars sponsored by other institutions.

Following are the guidelines and procedures to be used in applying for these funds.

  1. Students should fill out the Undergraduate Research Fund Application online.

  2. Each request should be accompanied by a supporting letter or email from the faculty sponsor, sent to Scholar Development Specialist Anne Moore. Because of limited funds, it would be unusual for grants to exceed $450. Students receiving funding from other university sources must indicate this on their application. Such requests should not exceed $200.
  3. Please note that students doing research on human subjects must gain approval of the project from the Institutional Review Board. There is a space on the application to indicate the date or anticipated date of approval. A copy of the approval letter should be submitted to Anne Moore along with your application materials.
  4. Students can apply for funding for group projects. All participating students should list their names and ID numbers on a single application, and the supervising faculty member should send a letter to Anne Moore outlining the project and justifying the budget.
  5. Undergraduate Research Fund approvals will be conducted on a rolling basis; proposals will not be in direct competition with one another. The program will end when the funds for the year are exhausted.
  6. Reimbursement will be made upon submission of receipts and completion of appropriate financial forms.
  7. Only students who are currently enrolled at Tufts and in good standing will be considered for funding.
  8. Please DO NOT ask the President or the Provost for additional funding.


  Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education, Dowling Hall, Medford, MA, 02155  |  Tel: (617) 627-4239