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The Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards

The application portal has now closed. Applications were due by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18th, 2022. 

Updated information for the 2023 deadline will be posted in October 2022.

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. 


Made possible through the generosity of the late David A. Harrison III and his family, the Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards fund outstanding undergraduate research projects each year. Student applicants will propose a substantial and significant research project under the supervision of a UVA faculty mentor to be carried out in the summer and subsequent academic year following application for the award.

Faculty Mentor

Interested students 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 student's proposal in no more than 500 words and, upon the project's completion, will submit a brief narrative assessment of the student's project.


Harrison Awardees may be granted up to $4,000 to pursue their objectives, and faculty mentors receive research support in the amount of $1,000.


Current first-, second-, and third-year undergraduate students are eligible to apply for a Harrison Award. The program welcomes proposals from all subject areas and schools at the university.

Application Process 

Students will submit a project proposal, budget request, resume, and unofficial transcript. Applicants will also be asked to provide the contact information for their UVA faculty mentor, who will complete the Research Mentor Support Form, and for another individual who can complete the Recommendation Form, speaking to their qualities as a student and/or researcher. 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 applicant’s preparation for undertaking the project.

The project proposal is expected to be written 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), methods, anticipated outcomes, and the significance of the work. Proposals should be uniformly cited using a citation style appropriate to the field of the project, and a bibliography should be included (though this will not count towards the page limit).

Submitting Joint Applications 

Applicants wishing to apply together should submit a single application. The proposal should explain each applicant’s role in the research. The project should have a single UVA faculty mentor; the Research Mentor Support Form must discuss both applicants. Individual components of the joint application that must be provided for each applicant include: the Recommendation Form (to be completed by individuals other than the research mentor); transcripts; resumes; and a discussion of relevant background and coursework. The total budget may not exceed $4,000. The application will be assessed as a single application.

Consideration for Other Awards

The Stull Family Award is administered as part of the Harrison Award process. Applicants who are active members of fraternities or sororities, and who provide this information on their applications, are automatically considered for the Stull Family Award.

Students proposing Harrison projects that fall within the scope of the Kenan Award are encouraged to apply for that opportunity. More information about the Kenan Award can be found here.

Harrison Award Recipient Projects