The UCLA/Keck Humanistic Inquiry Undergraduate Research Awards program is directed through the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education and administered by the Undergraduate Research Center–Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

The UCLA/Keck Humanistic Inquiry Undergraduate Research Awards are awarded to juniors and seniors who have a strong commitment to research and who are completing a comprehensive independent research or creative project, capstone project, or a departmental honors thesis under the mentorship of a UCLA faculty member. Program participants are referred to as Keck Fellows.

ABOUT THE UCLA/KECK HUMANISTIC INQUIRY UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AWARDS

The UCLA/Keck Humanistic Inquiry Undergraduate Research Awards program supports research and creative activity by undergraduates at UCLA in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Keck Fellows receive an $8,000 scholarship, are eligible for up to $2,000 in additional research funds, and participate in regular workshops on research and professional skills.

Through doing research in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, students learn to articulate their thoughts with clarity and imagination, and to interpret the world of ideas with informed sensitivity in preparation for a culturally rich life as informed and humane citizens.

This opportunity is thanks to the W.M. Keck Foundation. Established in 1954 in Los Angeles, the Keck Foundation is one of the nation’s largest philanthropic organizations. Each of its grant programs invests in people and programs that are making a difference in the quality of life, now and for the future.

Keck recipients:

  • Receive an $8,000 scholarship spread evenly across fall, winter, and spring quarters
  • Are eligible to receive up to $2,000 in additional research funds pending approval (budget to be submitted as part of application; funds to be disbursed in fall quarter)
  • Conduct a research or creative project for 3 quarters (fall, winter, and spring) and enroll in an upper-division research contract course for at least 2 of the 3 quarters
  • Complete and submit a departmental honors thesis, capstone project, or comprehensive independent research or creative project
  • Present their project at a winter colloquium and at Undergraduate Research Week
  • Attend three workshops/events on research skills and professionalization per quarter, scheduled at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays (dates TBA)
  • Submit a summary of their project and a photo for an online profile
  • Submit a 1,000-word reflection in spring quarter
  • Faculty mentors of Keck Fellows will receive $1,500 for their research fund

KECK ELIGIBILITY

  • Junior level standing or higher
  • 3.25 GPA or higher
  • Enrolled full-time in fall, winter, and spring quarters
  • Committed to completing a departmental honors thesis, research-based capstone project, or comprehensive research or creative project for 3 quarters (fall, winter, and spring)
  • Permanent residents, international, undocumented, DACA, and AB540 students are eligible to apply
  • Students who have received previous scholarships (including Research Revealed, URFP, and URSP) from the Undergraduate Research Center are eligible to apply
  • Students cannot be a previous recipient of the UCLA/Keck Humanistic Inquiry Undergraduate Research Awards

HOW TO APPLY

Application deadline for the 2022-2023 Cohort: June 26, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Click here for detailed instructions on how to approach each aspect of the application: URSP/Keck Application Instructions.

The UCLA/Keck Humanistic Inquiry Undergraduate Research Awards and the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program share an application. Students can choose to apply to one or both programs. 

To apply, submit an application online. Visit MyUCLA, click on “Campus Life,” and select “Survey” to access the application titled “Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and the UCLA/Keck Humanistic Inquiry Undergraduate Research Awards.” The application for the 2022-2023 academic year will open in mid-May.

The application consists of the following components:

  1. Statement of previous undergraduate research experience (if applicable)
  2. Academic plan (study list)
  3. Research or creative project proposal
  4. Personal statement
  5. Optional budget with itemized expenses for up to $2,000 in research funds. View a sample budget in the URSP/Keck Application Instructions.
  6. Letter of recommendation from your faculty mentor. Be sure to ask your faculty mentor early and provide them with the URSP/Keck Letter of Recommendation form.

Students conducting creative projects can email us at urhass@college.ucla.edu to inquire about submitting supporting documents such as a portfolio of their work.

If you have any questions, please email the Undergraduate Research Center or schedule a virtual advising appointment with a Graduate Student Mentor to discuss your project. The Undergraduate Research Center also hosts URSP info sessions and workshops on how to write a research or creative proposal. Click here for a list of upcoming workshops and info sessions.

All materials must be submitted by the June 26 deadline.

Undergraduate Research Center –
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
A334 Murphy Hall
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tel: 310.825.2935
Fax: 310.267.5515
urhass@college.ucla.edu