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Academic Grants

Each semester, A.S. offers $20,000 to all undergraduate students to fund research projects. Applications are usually due within the first month at the start of each semester. The A.S. Grant Selection Board reviews each grant application and determines what impresses and what concerns them about each project. The board identifies the project’s ability to advance knowledge in the area of study, feasibility, and alignment with the University’s mission and the Changemaker initiative.

A.S. offers two grants for student projects: the Research Grant and the Creative Exploration Grant.

Research Grant

This grant offers funding to student research projects that include a well-developed hypothesis, experiment or method, and proposed impact on community. Projects from all fields of study will be judged equally; this grant often funds research projects in the fields of science, engineering, psychology, and communications.

Creative Exploration Grant

This grant offers funding to student projects that display innovation and creativity while furthering the student’s technique and knowledge in the field of study.  All students are welcome to apply, but priority will be given to students studying the arts such as projects on art, humanities, architecture, or history.


Fall 2015 application information and deadlines will be posted soon.

Applications must be submitted as a PDF version (emailed to the Director of Academics) and as a hard copy to the Director’s mailbox in SLP 301 by the deadline.


Please submit your grant application with all of the following materials by the listed deadline. Please submit one application per group project. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. Application
  2. Project proposal
  3. Detailed budget
  4. Timeline of Project
  5. Sealed letter of Recommendation from a faculty advisor.
  6. (If applicable) Request for Research Travel Funding Form

Supplemental Materials

Research Grant By-Laws

Frequently Asked Questions

Further Research Opportunities

Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) supports all undergraduate students and faculty on campus. OUR's goal is to ensure that undergraduate students from all disciplines have the opportunity to engage in research, scholarship and creative activities during their time at USD. OUR provides unique services and several on-campus research programs for students and faculty.

Services for students include:

  • Research ethics and integrity
  • Poster design
  • Applying for extramural scholarships, fellowships and awards
  • Professional development workshops
  • Funding for travel to present research findings