Undergraduate Research Fund

The Undergraduate Research Fund fosters research experience at the undergraduate level by providing students with an opportunity to develop a research project of their own, for which there is no other available funding. The fund is open to all Arts & Science undergraduate students in good academic standing and no minimum GPA is required.

The Fund is to be used for research initiated by students, related to their degree, and supervised by a faculty member either through a regular course, an independent study, a research essay, or other academic project. The research must be completed within a year of funding or before graduation, whichever comes first. All students granted funding are required to submit a short summary of research findings.

The Undergraduate Research Fund is funded jointly by the Arts & Science Students’ Union (ASSU) and the Faculty of Arts & Science. 

 Download the Undergraduate Research Fund slide deck with tips on how to write a research proposal and apply to the Undergraduate Research Fund.

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Eligibility Criteria

Student Applicant

  • Must be current undergraduate degree student(s) in the Faculty of Arts & Science and must be registered as such during the period in which the research will be conducted.
  • Must be in good academic standing.
  • Can receive the Undergraduate Research Fund only once. 

Faculty Supervisor

  • Must be an Arts & Science faculty with a continuous undergraduate appointment at St. George campus, or, have a continuous appointment in a division that offers A&S undergraduate programs.
  • Can supervise only one application per competition round (e.g., one student’s application or one group application limited to three members with one student designated as contact applicant).

Research Project

  • Research must be a stand-alone project (i.e., cannot be related to a current project in the same location with similar goals, and for which students are already funded).
  • Research must be related to the student’s degree; or in the case of groups, all of the students’ degrees.
  • Applications for funding to recover costs for research projects already completed will not be considered.
  • Requests for stipends/salaries for students will not be considered.
  • For advice on writing a research proposal, please visit the U of T Writing page.


Selection Criteria

Priority will be given to:

  • Projects that are academically strong and will provide sound learning outcomes, relevant to the student’s degree.
  • Projects that are realistic, with credible timelines, resource requirements, and goals.
  • Students who have never received funding (e.g., 399, NSERC, etc.) to conduct research within the University of Toronto (the exceptions are students who have previously taken a 299 course).


Award and Payment Information

  • The value and total number of individual awards will be determined annually by the committee.
  • Please allow 6-8 weeks for notifications.
  • Projects that involve travel outside of Canada, students must complete the Safety Abroad process before your funding can be released. For more information on travel approval, please contact safety.abroad@utoronto.ca
  • Any awards for projects that require an REB Protocol will be paid once the student has confirmed with the Undergraduate Awards Office that a protocol has been obtained.



  • Application deadlines for the 2022-2023 academic year will be updated by September 2022.
  • Applications must be submitted via email:  undergrad.awards.artsci@utoronto.ca
  • If you have any questions about the Undergraduate Research Fund, please email us.