Now Accepting Applications for Arts and Humanities Student Scholarship

Call for Applications

The Division of Arts and Humanities is offering four $300 scholarships to support undergraduate student research and creative inquiry projects at any stage of development up to and including presentation. The goal of this funding is to encourage diverse, innovative, and engaged UR in the disciplines defined by CUR as arts and humanities:

American Studies, Archeology, Art History, Classics and Ancient Language, Communications, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, Dance, Design, English Literature, Ethnic Studies, Film Studies, History, Jurisprudence, Media Arts, Modern Languages and Literature, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Selected Interdisciplinary and Area Studies, Theater, Visual Arts, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Application Materials

To apply, submit the following

  • A project narrative of no more than 500 words that includes the aim of the research/creative inquiry, the context of the work, what it will add to the discipline, methods, and projected means of dissemination.
  • A project timeline, showing a plan of work
  • A personal statement of no more than 300 words elucidating the student’s qualification to undertake the work and the relevance of the project to the student’s learning goals
  • A CV of no more than 2 pages focused on the student’s relevant experience, including coursework and non-classroom engagement and learning
  • A letter of support from the faculty mentor specifically addressing the student’s qualification to undertake the project (this must be provided to the student to submit on their own behalf)
  • A statement of any past, current, or pending funding specific to this project for this student (e.g. if the CUR scholarship might be used as matching)


Selection Criteria

Students who are currently enrolled as undergraduates and plan to conduct the research while enrolled are eligible. The scholarship is a one-time award, direct to student. The awards committee will evaluate the applications on the following criteria

  • Completeness of application
  • Relevance and feasibility of the project narrative and timeline
  • Student’s qualification to conduct the project (based on the personal statement and mentor letter)
  • Mentor’s ability and willingness to support the project (mentor letter)

Deadline to apply was April 24, 2023 


All CUR Award recipients are responsible for any and all applicable tax obligations associated with receipt of the award.

All students, faculty, mentors, organizations, and institutions honored with becoming a part of the CUR award recipient community, you have the professional and ethical responsibility to maintain the highest professional conduct standards and embody the CUR Code of Ethics for Undergraduate Research in your words, actions, and deeds. In addition, all participants are expected to abide by the CUR Code of Conduct. Expectations for awardees are to show courtesy and civility in both their personal and professional communications while forever representing CUR and the distinguished honor of the specific award rewarded. One must conduct oneself in a manner both professional and ethical.

Questions: Please direct questions toArts and Humanities division chair, Alexa Sand.

Founded in 1978, the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) focuses on providing high-quality and collaborative undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activity. Among the many activities and networking opportunities that CUR provides, the organization also offers support for the professional growth of faculty and administrators through expert-designed institutes, conferences, and a wide-range of volunteer positions. The CUR community, made up of nearly 700 institutions and 13,000 individuals, continues to provide a platform for discussion and other resources related to mentoring, connecting, and creating relationships centered around undergraduate research. CUR’s advocacy efforts are also a large portion of its work as they strive to strengthen support for undergraduate research. Its continued growth in connections with representatives, private foundations, government agencies, and campuses world-wide provides value to its members and gives voice to undergraduate research. CUR is committed to inclusivity and diversity in all of its activities and our community.

CUR focuses on giving a voice to undergraduate research with learning through doing. It provides connections to a multitude of campuses and government agencies, all while promoting networking and professional growth to its community.