Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Undergraduate Research is a vital component of an art history major or minor, and an increasing number of our students are taking advantage of the opportunity to study abroad or to conduct individual research projects. Students interested in study-abroad programs should consult the Northwestern Study Abroad website.
Weinberg College Funding Opportunities
Interested students should see the Director of Undergraduate Studies as well as consult the Office of Undergraduate Research.
In particular, our majors have an excellent record of receiving Undergraduate Research Grants, which are awarded for amounts of up to $1000 to assist Weinberg undergraduates in pursuing original research or creative work under the close supervision of a faculty member during the academic year.
Our majors are also very successful at winning Summer Undergraduate Research Grants, which offer up to $4000 to cover research and living expense for an eight-week summer period. Normally these are offered to sophomores and juniors.
Other important resources include:
- Conference Travel Grants (CTG): funding for students presenting at conferences/meetings
- Undergraduate Language Grants (ULG): funding intensive summer language study
- Circumnavigators Travel-Study Grant: $9500 to support an around-the-world travel-study project during the summer between junior and senior year.
- Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP): a new pilot program funding research assistants to work on faculty research projects
- Humanities Research Workshops (HRW): a new program designed to help students in the humanities and creative arts learn to get involved in research in their fields
In addition, the Office of the Provost runs the Undergraduate Research Symposium in which many of our students participate regularly.
For more information or for any specific questions, feel free to contact the Coordinator/Advisors for the various grant programs.
Director Undergrad Research Office
Designated Funds and Special Grants
There are also a number of Weinberg College Designated Funds and Special Grants of Interest to Art History Majors, including:
Katherine L. Kreighbaum Scholarships are awarded by the WCAS Committee on Superior Students and Honors after departmental nomination. For further information, contact Associate Dean Liz Trubey.
Herskovits Undergraduate Fellowship Program provides funding for research involving the use of Northwestern's renowned Africana collection. The fellowships are administered by Weinberg College's undergraduate program, the Program of African Studies, and the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies. Contact the Program of African Studies at 847-491-7323 for additional information.
Posner Summer Fellowship Program provides summer research funds for students from underrepresented groups who are at earlier stages than students eligible for most other funding sources – typically fist-years and sophomores. For more information, contact Associate Dean Liz Trubey.
Lane Environmental Studies Grants provide funding for research on environmental issues. Applications for research during the academic year should be submitted on the Weinberg Academic Research Grant form. Applications for research during the summer should be submitted on the Weinberg Summer Research Grant form. Prior application to the URG committee is not required. Forms are submitted to Professor William Haarlow, Director of Weinberg College Undergraduate Research, with a subject line that says, "Environmental Research" and your last name.
Sion Asia-Related Research Grants provide funding for research on Asia-related topics. Applications for research during the academic year should be submitted on the Weinberg Academic Research Grant form. Applications for research during the summer should be submitted on the Weinberg Summer Research Grant form. Prior application to the URG committee is not required. Forms are submitted to Professor William Haarlow, Director of Weinberg College Undergraduate Research, with a subject line that says, "Asia Research" and your last name.