Undergraduate Scholarly Research & Creative Grants

» Undergraduate Student Scholarly Research & Creative Activity Grants

As a part of its commitment to scholarly, creative, and interdisciplinary work by students at Chapman University, OURCA invites proposals to the Undergraduate Student Scholarly Research & Creative Grant program. Awards are intended to provide support for 


a variety of faculty-mentored scholarly or creative projects conducted by students. Grants typically do not exceed $1,000 but all reasonable proposals will be considered. Funds may be used for a number of purposes, including (but not limited to):

  • The purchase of equipment, materials, or supplies directly related to the project.
  • Facility rental, copyright fees, and other costs associated with creative productions.
  • Non-material expenses directly related to the project such as test subject remuneration, license fees, or external lab analyses.
  • Travel expenses required to conduct the creative activity or scholarly research, such as working in an archive or collecting field data. If you're presenting research, see OURCA Travel Grants.

Undergraduate Student Scholarly & Creative Grants are not to be used for salary or stipend.

NEW! Special Grant Opportunities:

Research on Africa Grant

Projects that involve research on Africa may be eligible for this reserved funding provided to OURCA from The Earl Babbie Research Center. Please see the additional Research on Africa Grant Supplemental Application for more information.

Grant Proposal Workshop - March 28, 2017

This workshop is designed to address your questions for the UG Scholarly/Creative Grant application and also to introduce you to practices you can adapt for other applications.  Find out how to develop great ideas for research and creative activity, describe your projects, find faculty mentors, and ask for letters of support.


Questions about this program can be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity.


+ - Eligibility

All undergraduate students on the Orange campus mentored by a full-time Chapman University faculty member are eligible to apply. Students may only receive one grant award each academic year, either in the fall or spring. Unsuccessful proposals may be revised and resubmitted in future calls for proposals. Graduating seniors are not eligibile for the Spring grant, unless accepted in the SURF program the summer immediately following graduation, and the funds will only be available during the SURF program.

+ - Requirements

  • A proposal outlining the academic context, objectives or goals, methodology, outcome or product, and schedule of your project that is no longer than three pages total. Use Times or Times New Roman 12-point font with 1-inch margins. All elements of the proposal, including any works cited, must be contained within three pages. Additional pages will not be included in the proposal packet for evaluation purposes.
  • The student must be the author of the project proposal itself. While the mentor should advise the student, a student who submits a proposal written by a mentor or by any person other than the student applicant will be considered in violation of the university's policy on academic honesty.
  • One letter of support from the full-time faculty mentor addressing specifically the degree of faculty mentoring/involvement in the project and the academic context of the proposal. (To be submitted separately by faculty mentor.)
  • Budget Worksheet.
  • A copy of the proposal and Report of Use for the last Chapman Scholarly/Creative Grant received (if any).

Additionally, your project may require additional approvals if it involves any hazardous materials or IRB approval if it involves any human or animal subjects; students are responsible for working with the faculty mentor to ensure that the project has approvals necessary to begin research and for submitting verification of authorization to OURCA. If your grant needs hazardous materials approval or IRB approval, any grant award is pending until the hazardous materials approval or IRB approval has been submitted to OURCA prior to conducting research. 

+ - Deadlines

OURCA will start accepting applications approximately 30 days prior to the published deadlines.

For Students - Important Changes

Spring Application deadline: 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 14, 2017

NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED IN HARD COPY OR VIA EMAIL.  The online submission portal is located in the OURCA website on the Scholarly/Creative Grants web page. 

All required materials must be included with the application. Proposals, Budget Worksheets, previous grant proposals & Reports On Use (if applicable), and the Africa Application (if applicable) will not be accepted separately; make sure all documents are ready when applying.

For Faculty - Important Changes

Letters of Support must be submitted via the online portal by Noon (12:00 pm), Wednesday, April 19, 2017.  Faculty will receive the online portal link in an email once an application has been received.

NO LETTER OF SUPPORT WILL BE ACCEPTED IN HARD COPY OR VIA EMAIL. Without the Letter of Support, the application will be considered incomplete and not be reviewed.

For grants to be used in Interterm/Spring:   Closed
For grants to be used in Summer/Fall:   Friday, April 14, 2017 by 4:00 pm

All applicants can expect to be notified of the committee's  decision on or about:

December 15, 2016 - Fall Grant decisions
May 15, 2017 - Spring Grant decisions

+ - Funding Period

Awarded funds will be available immediately upon notification and must be spent and submitted for reimbursement by:

May 1st, 2017 - Grants awarded in Fall '16 (Interterm/Spring spending period).

December 1st, 2017 - Grants awarded in Spring '17 (Summer/Fall spending period).

+ - Report on Use

All grant recipients must complete a Report on Use form to detail how funds were used. The Report on Use Form must be signed by the recipient and her/his faculty sponsor and submitted by these dates:

May 15, 2017 - Fall '16 awards (Interterm/Spring spending period).

December 15, 2017 - Spring '17 awards (Interterm/Spring spending period).

OURCA Deadlines & Events 
Spring 2017

Monday, May 8th

Wednesday, May 10th
Sandhu Conference Center

Invitation Only
Wednesday, May 10th
12:00 – 1:30 pm

June 5th - July 28th