Valparaiso University is pleased to offer several opportunities to support student research.


Guild Undergraduate Creative Work and Research Expense Grants

These awards are sponsored by the Valparaiso University Guild. The motivation for these awards is to enhance and facilitate more undergraduate research at Valparaiso University. Annually, $10,000 will be available in support of undergraduate research.

The funds will support up to about 10 awards with a soft cap of $500 each (each of two rounds). If awarded, students could use these funds for equipment purchases, supplies, photocopying, or other research needs or travel, meals, or lodging to present their findings at conferences.

Applications for spring projects are due late-October. Applications for summer or fall projects are due at the end of February. Details about the proposal format and the online application form are available on the Creative Work and Research Committee website.


All full-time undergraduate students are eligible. Students need to indicate their intended graduation date on the online application form. If a student receives a grant for summer research and he/she plans to graduate in May, the student must be registered for summer courses.

Undergraduate Summer Research Housing Grants

Students engaged in summer research are eligible to receive free housing in the residence halls, subject to the following stipulations:

  • Each student must be a registered undergraduate at Valparaiso University during the spring semester prior to the experience.
  • Each student must be engaged in full-time research (at least 30 hours per week) while receiving the housing grant, up to a maximum of 12 weeks.
  • Each student researcher must have a faculty mentor.
  • Each student must be engaged in research or creative work, as opposed to simply assisting with a faculty research project. For example, a student employed by a faculty member to work solely as a laboratory technician, to find journal articles in the library, or to proofread a manuscript would not be eligible for a Summer Research Housing Grant. The key criterion in defining research or creative work is that the student be engaged in, and contribute to, the intellectual development of the research or creative project. Two (2) manifestations of such engagement are: 1) that the student write a comprehensive research report and 2) that the student be included as a co-author of any scholarly publications that result from the research.

Students wishing to be considered for a Summer Research Housing Grant should refer to Creative Work and Research website for additional information.