Undergraduate Research Support

The Boston College Advanced Study Grants (ASGs) are awarded for student-designed summer skill acquisition or research projects that promise to advance dramatically the applicant’s progress in the major field of study, or to provide research assistance for Juniors who will be completing a thesis or Scholar of the College project in their Senior year.

To apply, a student must be nominated by a faculty member at the start of the spring semester. Nominees will be sent application materials at the beginning of February, and applications are due in mid-March (or early April for thesis applicants). Applications primarily consist of a three-page project proposal, a proposed budget, a transcript or course history, and a letter of recommendation. ASGs are available in any of the categories below.

Boston College established the Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (URF) for the purpose of enhancing the academic experience of undergraduates by cultivating their research skills and fostering mentor relationships between undergraduates and faculty. The Program provides funds to faculty to pay for a student’s research assistance with a faculty member’s research project. Students ordinarily do not receive academic credit for work done under an Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Requests for funding must come from the faculty member whose research project the student will assist.  

Faculty interested in guiding an Undergraduate Research Fellow are urged to discuss their project and prospective student assistants with the department sponsor and/or undergraduate program director. Applications are reviewed and funded three times a year--fall, spring, and summer terms.

For inquiries regarding the Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, please contact Gene McMahon, Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, at gene.mcmahon@bc.edu.

Faculty interested in requesting URF funding may apply here

The BC Undergraduate Conference Travel Grants provide funds to help defray the costs for undergraduate students to present original research at academic and professional conferences. These grants can provide up to 50% of estimated expenses, with a maximum award of $1500. Students receive the funding as a reimbursement upon return from the conference at which the student presented. Applicants may only receive one conference travel grant per academic year.

To apply for the Conference Travel Grant and view the official reimbursement procedures, click here.