Internships and Grants

Here you can find information on undergraduate internships and grants supported by the University of Chicago as well as external sources of funding. Contact current faculty advisors for further details.

Also see the Fellowships, Research Opportunities, and Grants (FROGS) website, which comprises three individual sites intended to assist UChicago college students in finding fellowships, internships and research opportunities. Each site allows students to search a database of opportunities, as well as giving tips, advice, and additional sources for finding these types of funding.

Funding Supported by the University of Chicago

African Studies Research Grant. Up to four grants in the amount of $4,000 each will be awarded to students in their third year who will spend a minimum of eight weeks conducting research in Africa. Applications need to indicate a related topic for the BA paper and specific research goals for the summer.

CAPS Undergraduate International Experience Grant. International Experience Grants offer undergraduate students the funding to work or intern abroad, including in Africa. 

Chicago Studies Center Grants. The University Community Service Center (UCSC) in the Chicago Studies Center has opportunities and support for volunteering, student organizations, internships, work-study, development, and other service programs. 

Department of History undergraduate prizes and grants. Prizes and grants available through the University of Chicago's History Department, including the James M. Sack and Philip E. Montag Summer Research Fellowships in History as well as a prize for best history BA essay.

F. Champion Ward Third Year International Travel Grants. F. Champion Ward Third Year International Travel Grants provide $3,000 to support students conducting summer research outside the U.S. In most cases these awards support research leading to a BA paper, however, other academic research projects may also be considered. In 2008, 20 grants were awarded.

Foreign Language Acquisition Grants (FLAG). The FLAG Program offers awards of $3,000 to defray the costs of intermediate or advanced language study abroad. Study programs must be at least eight weeks in duration of intensive language study (at least 15 hours/week) and located in a setting where the target language is predominantly spoken. Applicants must have completed or tested out of the 103 level of the target language by the program start date. If a language is not offered on campus, applicants may apply at any level. For French and Spanish language applications, preference will be given to students who have completed some intermediate language study.

Human Rights Program. The Human Rights Internship Program offers a select group of Chicago students the opportunity to learn the skills and understand the difficulties inherent in putting human rights into practice. Since its establishment in 1998, the Internship Program has helped place more than 300 students with non-governmental organizations, governmental agencies, and international bodies around the world. The Internship Program is unique in its flexibility, awarding $5000 grants to afford all interns the freedom to explore their interests, whether thematic or regional in focus.

International Experience Grants. International Experience Grants offer undergraduate students the funding to work or intern abroad. Students are selected based on his/her submitted proposal, which must include a budget, a back-up plan, and evidence of communication with the host organization. Students will also need to demonstrate how the experience will enhance his/her professional goals. Regional and thematic diversity of projects will also be taken into account. Grant amount ranges from $3,500 to $5,000.

Nassef Sawiris Research Grant. The Nassef Sawiris Research Grant is a $4,000 award intended to underwrite the costs of conducting undergraduate summer research in Egypt.

Summer travel and research grants. Many of these available summer research and travel grants may be used in African nations. 

External Opportunities

Boren Undergraduate Scholarships. Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa. To view the Program Basics for the Boren Scholarship, click here. The African Languages Initiative (AFLI) offers Boren Scholarship applicants the opportunity to study African languages and cultures by participating in domestic and overseas language programs in Swahili, Yoruba, Zulu, Akan/Twi, Hausa, Wolof, and Portuguese. More information available here.

Foreign language areas studies (FLAS) funding. The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. Eligible students apply for fellowships directly to an institution that has received an allocation of fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education.

Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW). Hosted at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, SILMW provides a unique opportunity to explore the languages and cultures of the Muslim World and interact with experts in this region. In addition to classroom instruction, SILMW will offer a variety of extracurricular activities designed to enhance classroom instruction, provide additional channels for language contact and practice, and expose learners to the traditions of the Muslim World communities. These extracurricular activities include research forums, picnics, conversation tables, cooking classes, music & dance performances, movie screenings, field trips, lectures and other cultural activities. Languages include Arabic, Wolof, and Swahili.

UNESCO/Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship. The UNESCO-funded Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations.


Going to Africa?

You can update your immunizations and find out more information about the health requirements of traveling abroad at the University of Chicago's Travel Clinic. Questions? Contact Jennifer Burns.