General info

Via the Chessable Research Awards, Chessable Ltd. gives money to competitively selected chess research projects from university-based researchers. The Chessable Research Awards can inspire new chess research or aid on-going chess research. Applications from all areas of study are welcome, such as psychology, education, history, science, etc.

The Chessable Research Awards are open to:

  • Undergraduates ($500 for each undergraduate; $500 to each faculty research sponsor) and,
  • Graduate students ($1,000 for each graduate student; $500 for each faculty research sponsor).

All amounts are in U.S. dollars.

An undergraduate student is enrolled at a college or university and has not yet earned a bachelor’s or equivalent degree. A graduate student is enrolled at a university and is studying for a degree (such as a master’s degree or a PhD) that is higher than a bachelor’s or equivalent degree.

Each award-winning student will be required to submit a blog post which will be edited by Chessable and later published on Chessable’s blog ( to get their monetary award. The blog post will detail what’s been accomplished in their chess research project since their award was announced. If the winner does not submit the blog post to the Chessable Research Awards Coordinator by the announced deadline for that research cycle, then there is no payment to that undergraduate or graduate student.

Faculty research sponsors will receive their award money soon after their student(s) are chosen for awards. Sponsors can advise more than one student and can participate in each application cycle. Each student can apply once per cycle until the student wins a Chessable Research Award. Each student can win only one Chessable Research Award.

Sponsors should include the link on their faculty webpage for their university. For example, “Faculty Research Sponsor for Chessable Research Award <>” could go under a “Grants Received” or similar category on a faculty webpage.

Applications for awards will be judged blind so as not to know the name of the applicant associated with the project. Award winners will be announced publicly.

Completed chess research projects are not eligible for awards.

Chessable encourages faculty research sponsors to write peer-reviewed articles which incorporate the research done by their undergraduate and graduate students.

If you have general questions about the Chessable Research Awards, please reach out to our Chessable Research Awards Coordinator Dr. Alexey Root at <[email protected]>

If you have specific questions about your application, as a student or faculty research sponsor, please reach out to Science Project Manager Karel van Delft at < [email protected] >

The Chessable science team

Karel van Delft

Science Project Manager

Alexey Root

Chessable Research Awards Coordinator

Timeline for Awards

Open applications

Applications completed

Announce award winners

Blog posts from award-winning students due


Apply as an undergraduate or graduate student or as a faculty research sponsor. Complete one student application (by answering 10 questions) and one faculty research sponsor application (by answering 12 questions) for each applying student. Applications must be in English. Begin by clicking either “Apply as a student” or “Apply as a sponsor” below.