Sigelman Undergraduate Research Enhancement (SURE) Awards

Thanks to a generous endowment from GW professors Carol and Lee Sigelman, George Washington University is pleased to offer research enhancement grants of up to $500 available to GW undergraduate students to promote and provide support for their research experiences.

The GW SURE Awards are available to support the scientific, scholarly, and artistic activities of students in all undergraduate programs at GWU (including the humanities, the arts, science and engineering, business, and public health). They include (but are not limited to) the purchase of equipment or supplies necessary for a research project; support of conference presentation through coverage of registration or associated travel costs; support of travel to libraries or archives; and videography costs associated with the documentation of performances.


The GW SURE Award is available for all undergraduate students.  Students can be enrolled in any school of the university and must be first-years, sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Research activities must be completed prior to graduation. Students must also secure the support of a GW faculty member.

There is separate SURE Award funding available for University Honors Program students, but the application process is the same. Honors students have the opportunity to apply for up to $1,000 in funding. Contact University Honors for more details.


Consisting of up to $500, the awards may be used for a variety of purposes, and it is obligation of the student to explain in the application the relation of the proposed purpose of the award to his or her previous scientific, scholarly, and artistic endeavors.


Each recipient must submit a report explaining how the funds were used as well describing any outcomes this award made possible.


  1. Student Application,
  2. Faculty Statement of Support, and
  3. Unofficial GW Transcript (no transcripts from GWeb please!).

Please submit application through CUFR's InfoReady portal.

Selection Process

A committee of faculty from diverse fields will evaluate the applications.


Fall Deadline: Friday, October 7, 2022 for projects undertaken during the fall, winter and spring of the 2022-23 academic year.

Winter Deadline: Friday, February 3, 2023 for projects undertaken during the spring and summer of 2023.

Any questions? Contact CUFR


Class Year

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple


  • English


  • Other

Program Type

  • Research
  • Undergraduate


  • DC

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