Stamps Scholars Program

UChicago partners with the Stamps Scholars Program, made possible with the support of benefactors E. Roe Stamps and his late wife Penny, to recognize exceptional students who exemplify leadership, perseverance, scholarship, service, and innovation. The University of Chicago Stamps Scholars Program accepts applications from second-year students for enrichment grants that allow them to take on ambitious experiential learning projects during their third and fourth years.

Award Amount and Eligible Opportunities

UChicago Stamps Scholars receive grants of $20,000 that can be used over the course of their final two years at the University. Selected students can use the funding during both the summer and the academic year beginning in Summer 2024.

Recipients may use these enrichment funds for a wide variety of experiential learning opportunities, including internships, research projects, entrepreneurial endeavors, volunteering, attending professional conferences, and other experiences at the discretion of the University and the Foundation.

The award cannot be used for an internship with an organization that was formed for the purpose of supporting a candidate for political office. Because the University is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under the tax code, it is prohibited from participating in political campaign activities.

Eligible Destinations for International Opportunities

University guidelines currently limit international travel. Students granted a Stamps stipend for non-U.S. internships must obtain an exemption from the University to access their funds, by petitioning the Study Abroad Risk and Security Assessment Committee (SARSAC). Exemptions are approved only for students returning to countries where they have residency rights and have secured internships without needing a new work permit. New travel plans will not be considered for exemptions. Approved students must submit a budget showing the stipend will not fund travel costs. University funds cannot be used for international travel expenses. For more information on the petition process, contact Chiara Montanari.

For country-specific information, see the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories, the CDC website, and the International SOS ratings (log in with UChicago’s membership number: 11BCAS084635).


Please contact Sophie Wingland at with questions about the Stamps Scholars Program.

Stamps Application Process

Review the eligibility and required materials for a Stamps Scholarship. When ready, submit your application on Handshake.