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Double Hoo Award

Students should read the Policies for Grants to understand the expectations for applicants and awardees before applying. Only applications which are compliant with all policies will be considered eligible for review.

The application portal has now closed. Applications for the 23-24 cycle were due by 11:59pm on January 25, 2024.

Decisions for this year's competition will be communicated by the end of Friday, March 1, 2024.


The Double Hoo Research Grant supports pairs of undergraduate and graduate students pursuing research together each year. This program is intended to build collaborative interactions between the undergraduate and graduate communities throughout the university. These collaborations provide opportunities for more advanced research by undergraduates and valuable mentoring experiences for graduate students.

Faculty Mentor

Interested undergraduate-graduate student pairs should discuss the proposed project with a UVA faculty mentor who will advise them in their work early in the process of developing a proposal. The UVA faculty mentor will be asked to complete the Research Mentor Support Form via the application, commenting on the undergraduate and graduate students' proposal in no more than 500 words and may serve in a supervisory role while the graduate student provides more of the direct mentoring to the undergraduate student partner.


Double Hoo undergraduate awardees may be granted up to $5,000 to pursue their objectives, and graduate student collaborators receive up to $1,000.

The Double Hoo award supports researchers by providing summertime stipends to cover living expenses (rent, utilities, food, etc.). The Double Hoo does not fund other expenses such as travel, supplies, etc.


The undergraduate may be a first-, second-, or third-year student, and the graduate student must be enrolled in a doctoral program at UVA with the expectation that they will be present and a full-time student next fall. The program welcomes proposals from all subject areas and schools at the university.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted by the undergraduate student, who will submit a project proposal, timeline, resume, and unofficial transcript. Applicants will also be asked to provide the contact information for their faculty mentor, who will complete the Research Mentor Support Form, and for another individual (who is not their faculty mentor) who can complete the Recommendation Form, speaking to their qualities as a student and/or researcher. 

The graduate student will submit a statement on mentorship in which they should address their values, goals, and vision for their role as a mentor to the undergraduate student. Faculty reviewers will assess each application based on merit, taking into account such considerations as clarity of the research question, appropriateness of methodology, the project’s feasibility, and the students’ preparation for undertaking the project.

The undergraduate and graduate student pair is expected to write a single project proposal together in the style of a grant application. Proposals should not exceed 2 pages (single-spaced, 12-point font, with 1-inch margins) and should include the following sections:

  • background and question(s)
  • method(s) 
  • anticipated outcome(s) - which may also address potential limitations of the study
  • significance of the work 

The proposal should provide clarity on the major contributions of each partner to various stages of the project where appropriate. Proposals should be uniformly cited using a citation style appropriate to the field of the project and include a bibliography (which will not count toward the page limit).

Double Hoo Recipient Projects