Nassef Sawiris Research Grant (Sawiris)

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Language Requirement: 
Elana Kranz

Due to ongoing political and social unrest in the region this grant will not be offered for Summer 2016

The Nassef Sawiris Research Grant is a $4,000 award intended to underwrite the costs of conducting undergraduate summer research in Egypt.

Prospective Applicants

Program and Research Evaluations by previous award winners

To read about research projects that have been funded in the past you can search the database by grant title. Access the evaluations database by logging in at

SITG Information Meetings

To find out more about Summer International Travel Grants, attend one of the following Information Meetings:

  • Thursday, November 19, 2015, at 4:30 pm / Social Science 122
  • Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at 4:30 pm / Location to be announced
  • Thursday, January 28, 2016, at 4:30 pm / Location to be announced

Special Note: The University of Chicago’s assumption is against travel to countries bearing a State Department Travel Warning. Undergraduate students may petition for an exemption to this policy. Prior to submitting your general petition form, you must meet with Sarah Walter, Associate Dean for International Education. Since the conversation with Dean Walter may affect your plans, please schedule your appointment well in advance by contacting Naomi Patschke at View a list of travel warning countries.


Eligible students are those registered at the University of Chicago for the spring quarter before the summer they go abroad and will be registered the following fall quarter. Students taking a leave of absence before or after the grant period should contact to discuss whether their case merits an exception to the spring- or fall-quarter registration requirement.

Research grants are primarily for third-year students in the College, but exceptional second-year students and fourth-year students who plan to spend part or all of a fifth year in the College are also eligible to apply.

If you are interested and eligible to apply for a grant, continue on to the application process.

What you’ll see: 

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