To encourage the continued development of an intellectual community around the arts and arts practice at BU and enhance our student-life experience, the BU Arts Initiative offers research grants for graduate and undergraduate research, as well as grants to faculty, students, and staff for projects that directly engage students in the arts. Committees of faculty, staff, and students review all proposals.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2017 Projects: March 17, 2017
Spring 2018 Project: TBD (October 2017)


Preference will be given to projects that would continue to have a life after funding, are connected to the BU Arts Initiative Signature event (if announced), and promise maximum impact. Priority projects will be interdisciplinary in nature, include cross-college and cross-school collaborations, and match the BU priorities of inclusiveness and enhancing student-life experience.  Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about any of the grant information or procedures.  Read the below criteria carefully.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted. We recommend printing these criteria and reviewing them carefully before submitting your proposal.

  • Projects must be focused on engaging BU students in arts activity or an academic exploration of the arts
  • $2,000 maximum
  • The BU Arts Initiative will not fund more than 50% of a project (i.e. you must have 50% of the funds from elsewhere)
  • The project coordinator is responsible for arranging and managing the event and securing appropriate permissions
  • Statements and contact information from proposed partners must be included
  • The project must be sponsored by a university office or program willing to financially manage the project. The BU Arts Initiative only transfers funds to the sponsoring office. We will not financially manage a grant project.
  • A detailed budget of both income and specific expenditures for the entire project must be submitted separately to – proposals without budget submissions will not be considered
  • We will not fund food (receptions, dinners, etc.)
  • Proposals by students for projects required for coursework cannot be considered
  • A post-project report will be required within 30 days of the completion of the project
  • Grantees are expected to track student participation (specific names and BU ID) for reporting

grant application

Application Deadline

We accept applications on a rolling basis, but funds are limited.


Arts integration grants support the use of the arts as a tool for teaching non-arts disciplines. Faculty may apply for up to $500 to support arts-related expenses for undergraduate and graduate courses. Possible initiatives might include a visiting artist, a class visit to a performance or exhibition, or arts material for the classroom. (Funds may not be used for refreshments.)

Priority will be given to new initiatives in integrating the arts into a course.

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Funding of up to $3000 available for graduate arts research projects. Funds are limited and proposals will be competitive.

The research may be traditional research of the arts (e.g., musicology, art history, study of performance or literature of any kind), practice based research, or research from any discipline on the impact of the arts.

Students in good academic standing in either a master’s or doctoral program are eligible. BS/MS or BA/MA students who clearly will be in the graduate portion of their degree program during the period of proposed support are eligible. The project should be directly related to the applicant’s completion of degree requirements (e.g., thesis or dissertation work, independent study or directed research, a capstone requirement in the program, etc). A student may receive this form of support only once.

More information and application

The UROP Arts Research Awards are offered to support a student pursuing the arts as a primary area of inquiry. This would include traditional methods of inquiry in an arts field, as well as practice-based  and practice-led research.

Sample projects completed with help from BU Arts Initiative grants: