Grants for Unpaid Opportunities

The Jeff Metcalf Fellowship Grant and the Odyssey Metcalf Fellowship Grant provide funding for unpaid internships and supervised research opportunities. Undergraduate students can apply for grants to fund academic year and summer experiences in any industry and in any location.

In addition to the Metcalf Fellowship grants, there are a wide variety of funding opportunities available across campus. Download the funding opporutnities guide for more information.

Eligible Students

All undergraduates are eligible to apply for the Metcalf Fellowship Grant, and second through fourth year Odyssey Scholars are eligible to apply for the Odyssey Metcalf Fellowship Grant.

Application Process

To apply, students will submit a resume and application form through UChicago Handshake. There are three application cycles in Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis during the following time periods for the 2019-2020 academic year:

Autumn Quarter Cycle Currently open! Apply on UChicago Handshake.

  • Applications open: September 23, 2019
  • Applications close: November 4, 2019
  • Decisions released no later than November 15, 2019

Winter Quarter Cycle *applications reviewed on a rolling basis

  • Applications open: December 2, 2019
  • Applications close: March 2, 2020
  • Decisions released no later than: March 13, 2020

Spring Quarter Cycle *applications reviewed on a rolling basis

  • Applications open: March 20, 2020
  • Applications close: April 27, 2020
  • Decisions released no later than: May 8, 2020

Award Amount

Stipends will range between $1,500 and $5,000. The amount will be determined based on your application materials.

Eligible Internship Experiences

To qualify for funding, proposed opportunities must meet the standards of the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program. Detailed eligibility criteria are available on the Handshake listing.

Evaluation Criteria

Student grant applications are reviewed holistically. The criteria below may be used as a guideline for the application review process:  

  • Mission of the organization, and goals and responsibilities of the internship or research position should be clearly outlined and demonstrate the quality and depth of the experience.
  • Alignment of the internship or research opportunity to the student’s professional and academic goals. Materials should clearly convey how the internship will advance the student’s skills, experience, and knowledge and/or is relevant to the student’s post-graduation success.
  • Students must have access to a direct supervisor or faculty member who will be physically present where the student is working, and provide ongoing support and mentorship.
  • Consideration will be given to student’s resume, class year, major, and past professional experiences and extracurricular activities as it relates to the opportunity.
  • Coherence, accuracy, and organization of the student’s resume, cover letter, and other supporting materials.
  • If applicable, strength of letter of recommendation.
  • Ability to describe why funding is important for the student’s situation. For grants that request this information, extenuating circumstances or hardships may be taken into consideration.


Contact Eugene Chan at for questions about the Metcalf Fellowship Grant.

Contact Bethany Pacheco at for questions about the Odyssey Metcalf Fellowship Grant.