URSA is accepting applications for Fall Project Awards.
The deadline to apply is July 23, 2017 at 11:59pm.

Fall Project Awards -CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Project Awards are offered three times each year.
Fall and spring project awards are up to $2,500.
Summer awards are up to $5,000.
These awards may be used to cover: student stipend, tuition, travel and supplies or services.

Travel Awards
Fall, spring and summer travel awards are up to $2,000.
Travel funds support presenting research or creative activity outcomes at a public or professional meeting or attending a conference or workshop to further the student’s research. Travel to conduct research should be funded through project awards.

Group applications
Students wishing to apply as a pair or group may do so, however, one of the students must contact the URSA office in advance of proposal submission for notification purposes. The amount of funding available will be limited to that round of funding. For example, two students jointly submitting an application for a project award may only request $2,500 total and should develop their budget accordingly.



  • Any discipline
  • Any year (freshman through senior)
  • Fall and Spring Awards - student must be enrolled in at least 12 credits at any UAF campus for current semester (or acceptable explanation for fewer credits)
  • Summer Project and Travel Awards - students need to be enrolled in 12 or more credits for the spring semester prior to and the fall semester following the summer
  • GPA of 2.3 or better - students on probation are not eligible
  • Students that have graduated are not eligible
  • Must have a mentor and an established project 
  • Students that have received full funding from another UAF program for a specific project are not eligible for additional funding from URSA
  • During any academic year (e.g., AY 2016 - 2017; fall 2016, spring 2017 and summer 2017), an undergraduate student may not receive more than one travel award (fall or spring), and one project award (fall, spring or summer). This policy will allow for a greater number of students to receive awards with limited URSA funds.


  • Mentor email to URSA prior to deadline in support of request.
  • Complete final evaluation after travel/project completion.
  • Present results at Research Day, April 25, 2017. Failure to participate in Research Day and to submit a final evaluation will make the student ineligible for URSA funding the following year.
  • Provide a photo of yourself and at least one of your project and/or travel to URSA upon completion of your award

Scoring Criteria

Award selections will be based on:

  • Written quality of the proposal - write for a general audience!

  • Purpose of the travel with respect to potential for academic/research development for the student
  • Potential for student learning and development as a result of the travel
  • Adequate faculty involvement in the project or travel
  • Emailed acknowledgement of support by the mentor to URSA by the application deadline
  • Preference will be given to degree-seeking students

    Evaluations are made by a minimum of four faculty members on the URSA Review Panel using the following scoring criteria. All applicants receive comments regarding their applications.

    Evaluation Criteria
    The purpose of the student's proposed project/travel is:
    (evaluated on a scale of 1-high - 5-low)
  • to conduct or present a research/creative project
  • to compete in a scholarly activity
  • to participate in an internship/immersion
  • to attend a workshop or acquire training that will facilitate a project
  • not clearly expressed

  Evaluated on a scale from 1 (exemplary) to 5 (insufficient):

  • The explanation of the intellectual merit of the proposed project/travel
  • The explanation of the proposed project/travel's contribution to a scholarly discipline is
  • The potential for the proposed project/travel to effect student learning or scholarly development is
  • The written quality of the proposal is
  • The feasibility of the proposed project/travel seems
  • The articulated goals and/or expected outcomes of the project/travel seem
  • Through articulate writing and inclusion of details, the student's case for funding appears
  • The faculty mentor's role and/or participation in the project/travel is
  • The project/travel budget and justification seem


Award Schedule

Summer Travel
July 1–October 30, 2016
July 18, 2016 July 31, 2016 August 12, 2016
Fall Travel
November 1–February 28, 2017
August 29, 2016 September 25, 2016 October 14, 2016
Spring Projects
Spring Semester 2017
October 10, 2016 November 20, 2016 December 9, 2016
Spring Travel
March 1–June 30, 2017
December 5, 2016 January 29, 2017 February 10, 2017
Summer Projects
May–August 2017
January 30, 2017 February 26, 2017 March 24, 2017
ITE (Innovative Technology and Education) February 6, 2017 March 12, 2017 April 7, 2017
Fall Projects
Fall Semester 2017
March 6, 2017 June 25, 2017 July 17, 2017



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