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Undergraduate Research Grants

To support the research, scholarship, and creative endeavor of our undergraduate students, Butler University has established and continues to fund the following grants to help offset the cost of conducting research/creative endeavor and traveling to a conference to share the outcomes of student research or creative endeavor with others.

All grant applications are reviewed by the Program for Undergraduate Research Committee. The committee is comprised of faculty members representing all six of Butler's colleges and the Director of Undergraduate Research & Prestigious Scholarships. Students should direct questions about these grants to either their faculty advisor or to the CHASE Director of Undergraduate Research & Prestigious Scholarships.

Forms and guidelines are available in electronic format below. These documents are Microsoft Word fill-in forms. All applications must be typed.  Any non-typed applications will be returned. After all signatures have been received, the paperclipped proposal forms should be submitted to CHASE in JH109 or scanned and emailed as one PDF document to Melissa Friedman at

Travel-To-Present Conference Grant ($500 maximum award)

This grant is designed to support the cost of travel to a conference to present the results of an original work. The Committee gives priority to competitively selected presentations and to supporting papers over poster presentations. A letter of support from the faculty mentor explaining why a non-refereed and/or poster presentation is a worthwhile, professional endeavor for the student and for financial support is required. If a department has multiple students attending the same conference, the Committee will only review a maximum of five proposals, with the maximum award being $1500.00 per conference.

Students are responsible for obtaining receipts for all expenses pertaining to reimbursement. The expenditure of funds requires adherence to Butler University's Business Office Policies and fiscal regulations, whose regulations adhere to IRS regulations.

Students are only eligible to receive one Travel-to-Present grant during their academic tenure at Butler.


The proposal should be submitted on the first of the month, at least one month prior to planned travel.

Travel to Present Grant Form 


Thesis Grant ($500 maximum award)

This grant is designed to support the miscellaneous costs of conducting research for students who have approved departmental or University Honors thesis proposals. The grant may cover items such as copying survey forms; small equipment (e.g., paper, pencils, batteries); and office, museum, or library access fees. The Committee may approve funds for travel if it is integral to the thesis project. This grant is not intended to finance the copying of the completed thesis. Any funds awarded are to be used for research related to the thesis project exclusively.


  • For proposals approved in the spring semester: September 1
  • For proposals approved in the fall semester: October 30

Thesis Grant Application Filechase-thesis_grants.docx

Undergraduate Research Committee Members

The Programs for Undergraduate Research (PUR) Committee reviews proposals for undergraduate research Travel-to-Present and Honors Thesis grants.
If you have questions about these grants, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Research & Prestigious Scholarships and/or the PUR committee representing your college.