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Undergraduate Student Funding Opportunities
In line with their commitment to the scholarly/creative activity of students at Chapman University, the Office of the Chancellor and the OURCA offer the following funding opportunities:

1. Undergraduate Student Scholarly Research/Creative Grants
2. Travel Grants
3. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

+-Undergraduate Student Scholarly Research/Creative Grants


Awards are intended to provide support for a variety of clearly defined scholarly or creative projects. Grants typically do not exceed $1000, 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
  • Expenses directly related to the project such as test subject remuneration, license fees, or external lab analyses
  • Travel expenses required to conduct the creative or scholarly research such as working in an archive or collecting field data (If you are presenting research, see OURCA Travel Grants) 

NEW Community-Based Participatory Research Grant available!

Projects that equitably involve community groups and/or organizations may be eligible for this reserved funding provided to OURCA from Civic Engagement Initiatives.  Please see the additional CBPR Grant Overview and CBPR Supplemental Application for more information and to apply if your project is community based.

All undergraduate students on the Orange campus working with a full-time Chapman faculty member are eligible to apply. Students may apply for only one grant each academic year. Undergraduate students may apply in either the fall (for spring semester funding) or the spring (for the following summer and fall semester funding).
Fall semester applications and faculty letters of support must be uploaded to Blackboard (Blackboard Tutorial) by 4 p.m., Friday, November 13, 2015. NO EMAILS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Fall applications will be carefully considered by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. Award recipients will be notified on December 15th.

Spring semester applications and faculty letters of support must be uploaded to Blackboard (Blackboard Tutorial) by 4 p.m., Friday, April 15, 2015. NO EMAILS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Spring applications will be carefully considered by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. Award recipients will be notified on May 16th.
Application Procedure
Announcement and Application Guidelines

Scholarly/Creative Grant Application Cover Sheet

Budget Worksheet

CBPR Overview

CBPR Supplemental Application

Report on Use 

Reimbursement Procedures

"Non-PO Payment Request" (Reimbursement) Form

Blackboard Tutorial
Questions about the grant program should be addressed to

+-Travel Grants

OURCA Travel Grants
Travel Grants support travel for conference presentation of research or creative activity by undergraduate students and faculty mentors. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Funding is provided for travel, lodging, and conference registration fees only. Meals are not covered by OURCA.
Application Procedure
Requests for travel funds must be made at least six weeks in advance of presentation date and must be electronically emailed to Special circumstances will be considered on an individual basis. All applicants are required to seek joint funding from at least two additional sources while applying for OURCA funding. Sources include the Student Government Association, departmental/school funding, and the Honors Program. Incomplete applications will be returned for correction.
Please review Chapman University’s fiscal policies prior to your travel to make sure you comply with the University’s travel reimbursement policies, or you may contact for assistance.

+-Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity is pleased to announce the Chapman University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program.  This will be a great opportunity to have a paid summer fellowship on campus with a faculty member in addition to professional programming, social events, and other activities designated for this group of SURF participants.

We encourage students across all disciplines to start identifying full-time faculty members who are willing to provide them mentorship for this program through the summer. Explore our faculty profiles to get more information on the variety of faculty research interests. The program lasts for 10 weeks during summer 2015 (30 hours research/week expected, June - August) in which students will be provided a fellowship of $3,000 with an opportunity for additional funding of up to $1,000 to be applied towards research expenses (students must submit a separate research grant proposal for consideration after notification of fellowship). Sponsoring faculty mentors will also be provided a stipend of $1,000. On-campus housing is available for the summer.

The selection criteria are based on application materials and letter of collaboration provided by the sponsoring faculty member. Additionally, if your research involves humans or animals, you will need to request Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. The IRB at Chapman University is an authority that reviews, approves, denies and provides ongoing oversight of research involving human and animal subjects in accordance with FDA regulations. If your research requires IRB approval, you must apply for approval before the SURF application deadline. Proof of submission can be sent by email to For more information, please review the IRB forms and instructions.

Students without prior research experience are encouraged to apply.
Please see the flyer and FAQ sheet for more information about the program.

The application is available at the following link:
2016 SURF Application

The deadline for application and letter of collaboration is March 1, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Award notifications are expected to be sent on April 1st. Feel free to email if you have any further questions.

The 2012 SURF Program was featured in Chapman Magazine. Click to read about the incredible research opportunities our previous SURF fellows had.

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