Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards

The Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards (DURA) are designed to promote independent research projects among our exceptional undergraduate students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS) at Johns Hopkins University. These awards, which range from $500 to $3,000, enable undergraduates in KSAS to pursue original research, work closely with a Hopkins faculty mentor, and advance knowledge for the world. Awardees have an entire year to use the funding.

KSAS undergraduates in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences are all eligible for these awards. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply. Seniors are not eligible.

Funding may be used for any research-related expenses, such as travel, equipment, supplies, printing costs, and data collection. Funds may be also be used for a student stipend, if the applicant can demonstrate that a stipend is essential to completion of the project.

If your project is funded, a final product must be turned in to the Office of the Dean at the end of the funding period. This product will be the culmination of your research and may take the form of a thesis, paper, documentary, etc. It will be posted on the DURA website.

Applications are accepted one time per year, typically in the spring semester. Check the DURA webpage for information about the deadline. 

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