The College Center for Scholarly Advancement (CCSA) is a resource hub for nationally competitive funding opportunities, as well as UChicago-specific awards and undergraduate research. Students benefit from a wide range of information sessions and targeted workshops on specific programs, as well as on how to write personal statements and research proposals, and how to secure strong letters of recommendation and develop a curriculum vitae. Students also receive extensive individual advising for national/international funding opportunities including, but not limited to: the Fulbright US Student Program, Knight-Hennessy Scholars, Schwarzman Scholars, Yenching Academy Scholars, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and the Marshall, Rhodes, Truman, Gates Cambridge, Mitchell, Churchill, Goldwater, Udall, and Beinecke scholarship programs.
The CCSA also provides guidance for students interested in undergraduate research, graduate school, or other postgraduate funding opportunities. CCSA staff members provide general support to students by identifying relevant opportunities and assisting in strategically planning for those opportunities, closely mentor students through rigorous application processes, and facilitate campus endorsement procedures when relevant.
Undergraduates can access a searchable database of funding opportunities—which also includes UChicago funding—and guidance about nationally competitive opportunities and undergraduate research on the CCSA website. They are also encouraged to sign up for a weekly listserv to stay up to date about opportunities, deadlines, and relevant information sessions. Individual advising appointments are strongly recommended for any student interested in applying to national scholarships, fellowships, or postgraduate opportunities and can be made through Appointment Manager via the CCSA website.