Nassef Sawiris Research Grant (Sawiris)

Summer International Travel Grant (SITG)
A solitary student sits atop a sand dune in the Sahara at sunset.

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 Dana Currier

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The Nassef Sawiris Research Grant is a $5,000 award intended to underwrite the costs of conducting six to eight weeks of undergraduate summer research in Egypt.

    To find out more about Summer International Travel Grants, attend one of the Information Meetings offered in the late autumn or early winter:

    • SITG General Info Session
      Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 5:00–6:00 PM CST
      Zoom details were emailed to first-, second-, and third-year students.
    • SITG General Info Session
      Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 5:00–6:00 PM CST
      Zoom details were emailed to first-, second-, and third-year students.
      Watch a video recording of the January 12th info session →
    • Summer International Research Grants: Writing Workshop (co-hosted by Study Abroad and CCRF)
      Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 4:00–5:00 PM CST
      The goal of this workshop is to help you produce a persuasive research grant proposal. You will learn about the structure of research grant proposals, the characteristics of compelling proposals as well as the principles of research ethics. Students intending to submit applications in February 2021 are strongly encouraged to attend.
      Watch a video recording of the January 13th writing workshop (CCRF Resource Library) →

    The following workshop may also be of interest to students:

    • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship: Overview and Essay Writing (co-hosted by Study Abroad and CCRF)
      Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 4:00–5:00 PM CST
      The Gilman Scholarship enables students of limited financial means to study abroad during the spring, summer, fall, winter, or academic year term. Scholarships are up to $5,000, and up to $8,000 for applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad. In this session you will learn about the scholarship, the application process and the support available at UChicago. The workshop further aims to equip you with strategies for developing and writing effective essays. All students are encouraged to attend.
      Watch a video recording of the January 20th workshop (CCRF Resource Library) →

    To read about research projects that have been funded in the past you can search the SITG Evaluations Database by grant title. Log in to access the evaluations database.

    Note for those applying to a country or region of elevated risk:
    You will need to schedule a travel advisory meeting to discuss the petition process for special approval to be eligible for funding. For additional details and for information on countries and regions of elevated risk, please consult the University’s Travel Advisory Policy. You are also required to submit an additional paragraph in your statement of purpose detailing why study abroad in this country is important to your research or language study.

    Eligible students are undergraduate students 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.

    • To apply for a Summer International Travel Grant please complete the online application.
    • Note that you can only be awarded one Summer International Travel Grant in a given year.
    • One recommendation is required as a part of the online application. For a FLAG application this recommendation would ideally come from your language instructor or a faculty member with regional expertise. For research grants, the recommendation should be from a faculty member familiar with your research plans and with expertise in the proposed region or topic of research. You will be prompted to enter your recommender's name and email address in the online application.
    • Please note that the research grant application will ask you to submit a résumé, which you will want to have ready ahead of time.

    All applications must be submitted online by February 04, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

    All students will receive notification of the status of their application(s) via email by the beginning of Spring Quarter.

    To discuss the Summer International Travel Grant Program and the application process, please contact

    Photo: “Solitude” by Will Haffner, ’12