Awards for Research and Projects

Undergraduate students may apply for up to $450 from the Undergraduate Dean's Office to cover some of the costs of faculty-mentored research or independent scholarly projects. To be eligible, the student must be enrolled at the College at the time of application and when the research or project take place.


  • Funding may be applied toward approved expenses associated with a student's own academic research, scholarly work, or faculty-mentored research.  In the past, students have asked for funding for such items as lab materials, travel to an archive or library, photocopying, and materials for a performance / production.
  • Students will be expected to explore other sources of funding from their own research labs and academic departments and programs before applying for a Dean’s Office Award.
  • Applications must include a budget showing how the award will be spent.* 
  • Awards cannot exceed $450, may not be used as salary or honorarium, and may not be used to support activities required for a course.
  • Awards will be taxed as fellowships. See
  • Students proposing projects that involve research on human subjects should review the procedures of the Institutional Review Board and discuss them with their faculty advisor.
  • A student may receive no more than one Dean’s Office Award for research expenses or conference travel per semester, and no more than two total awards during their undergraduate career. 
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the academic year until funding has been exhausted for the year.
  • For more information about the Undergraduate Dean’s Office Funding program, see

Application Process

  • To apply, the student must complete this form avoid delay in review, students should answer all questions as fully as possible.  Applications must include a budget showing how the award will be spent.*  
  • In addition, all funding applications must be accompanied by a letter of support ( from a Tri-Co faculty member supervising the research/project or serving as the applicant's mentor. Be sure to give your mentor/supervisor at least 2-3 weeks advance notice.

* Here is a sample itemized budget. Note that the student has found a cost-effective mode of transportation and provided an educated estimate for one expense.   

Total amount requested:  $106.34

  • SEPTA tickets for Bryn Mawr to Temple University (10 trips x $5.75 fare): $57.50
  • 10 mini DV-tapes for tape recording: $18.84
  • Building block set for experiment: $30 (estimate)