The Deans' Undergraduate Research Fund (DURF) awards funding to undergraduates at NYU Shanghai for summer research in any field of study. The DURF broadly defines research as scholarly or artistic activities that lead to the production of new knowledge; to increased problem solving capabilities, including design and analysis; to original, critical or historical theory and interpretation; or to the production of art or artistic performance. Students interested in any form of research may apply. Students may apply to do a project independently or work with other students on a group project. There should be no more than four students per group.
Each selected student (regardless of whether they are working on their own or in a group) will individually receive a 7,000 RMB stipend, disbursed in two allotments. 3,500 RMB will be provided at the beginning of the approved project period and the remaining 3,500 RMB will be provided after successful submission of the project evaluation. The funding is subject to all applicable taxes and does not affect financial aid.
There is an additional opportunity to apply for funding of a Project Budget to cover specific materials and supplies related to the project. Individual projects can apply for Project Budget funding of up to 3,500 RMB. Group projects can apply for Project Budget funding of up to 7,000 RMB.
NYU Shanghai students are eligible to apply if they satisfy all of the below requirements:
- Will not be graduating in May 2022.
- Have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50.
- Will not do an internship in the summer.
- Have secured a Faculty Mentor to supervise the project. Faculty Mentors can mentor no more than two DURF projects, and no more than four DURF total students during the summer. Current tenured, tenure-track, and full-time continuing contract professors from NYU campuses can serve as Faculty Mentors for students' DURF research. Please note that Adjunct Faculty, Teaching Assistants, Resident Research Fellows, and Post-Doctoral Fellows may not serve as DURF Faculty Mentors. Interested applicants should contact potential Faculty Mentors well in advance of the deadline (e.g. at least one month) so allow sufficient time for Faculty Mentor feedback on the project proposal.
- Will not receive any other funding for the DURF project. If you accept other funding after you receive the DURF award, you will need to return your DURF funding.
Application Deadline: March 31, 2022, 1:00pm China Standard Time.
There are two components to the application. You will need to:
- Ask your Faculty Mentor to submit this Endorsement Form by 1:00 pm CST on March 31, 2022. We strongly recommend that you meet with your Faculty Mentor on your proposal well in advance (e.g. at least one month before the deadline) and get feedback before submitting the final proposal.
- Fill out the Student Application Form by 1:00 pm CST on March 31, 2022. You will be asked to upload your transcript and proposal in the form. Most students should submit Type I proposals. For students who wish to work in the Arts and Creative Humanities, Type II proposals are most appropriate. See detailed guidelines for Type 1 and Type II proposals below. If working in a group, each group member must submit a separate application form.
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|March 31 at 1PM CST||Application closes|
|End of April||Decisions announced|
|End of May||Distribution of first stipend allotment|
|May 16||Deadline to apply for IRB approval for projects involving human subjects|
|July 22||Deadline for reimbursement of approved budget items|
|August 16 at 1PM CST||Early Deadline for Final Project Form Submission (see sample here) in order to receive second stipend allotment by the end of August|
|September 13 at 1PM CST||Final Deadline for Final Project Form Submission (see sample here) in order to receive second stipend allotment by the end of October|
|March 31 at 1PM CST||
Deadline to submit the DURF Application Endorsement Form
|May 16 (optional)||Deadline for Faculty Mentors to apply for IRB approval on behalf of the DURF students (if the research involves human subjects)|
|August 16 at 1PM CST||First Deadline for Evaluation Form Submission (see sample here) in order for students to receive second stipend allotment by the end of August|
|September 13 at 1PM CST||Final Deadline for Evaluation Form Submission (see sample here) in order for students to receive second stipend allotment by the end of October|
- Give feedback to the student(s) on their DURF application, assess the student(s)’ research plan, and submit the Endorsement Form below by March 31, 2022, 1 PM Shanghai time.
- If the DURF is awarded, review and sign the DURF Student-Faculty Mentor Agreement which lays out students’ plan and commitment to the DURF work (see sample here).
- If the DURF research involves human subjects, apply for Institutional Review Board (IRB) review on behalf of the students before the research is initiated. The IRB requires Faculty Mentors to apply to the Board as Principal Investigator (rather than the students).
- Complete a simple evaluation form (see sample here) at the end of the DURF Project evaluating the quality of the student’s project execution and the project outcome.