Research Opportunities and Funding

Independent research is a great way to discover your interests and to take charge of your academic trajectory. Furthermore, independent research experience not only will make you more competitive for graduate programs, but it will help you to discover the questions which will drive your research throughout your academic career.

Whether you pursue a senior honors thesis, a summer scholars project, or an independent research project, there are many opportunities at Tufts that will help you find and fund your work.

Summer Scholars Program

A university-wide initiative that offers research apprenticeships with faculty and clinical mentors to motivated Tufts undergraduates.

Tufts Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium

An annual Tufts tradition that celebrates the diverse contributions made by Tufts undergraduates to scholarship and research advances.

Undergraduate Research Fund

Students may request funding for senior theses and for other proposals emphasizing original research that is directly supervised by a Tufts faculty member.  Learn more about the fund's guidelines, procedures, and deadlines.

Laidlaw Scholars Program

The Laidlaw Scholars Program is a two-year independent research program that supports students to pursue independent research projects with a faculty member over the course of two consecutive summers for six weeks per summer. Laidlaw Scholars also participate in leadership development training and become part of a broader community of scholars at Durham University, the University of Oxford, the University of St. Andrews, the University of York, the University of Leeds, and the University College London. First- and second-year students are welcome to apply, and can apply either individually or as part of a team working on a common research question. .