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Finding Funding and Research Opportunities can be a daunting process. Below you can find resources and options available to help make your pursuit of knowledge less overwhelming, at least regarding funding.

 

 Getting Started

Check out this video to learn about grants, loans, and work-study jobs and how they can help fund your education.

Aid and Other Resources from the Federal Government (apply for federal aid using FAFSA)

  • Grants
  • Loans
  • Work-study
  • Military service (or for being the spouse or child of a veteran)
  • Tax benefits for education
  • AmeriCorps community service awards
  • Educational and Training Vouchers for current and former foster care youth
  • Scholarships through: Indian Health Service, National Institutes of Health, and National Health Service Corps

Aid from Your State Government

Aid from Your College or Career School

  • Visit your school’s financial aid page on its website, or ask someone in the financial aid office
  • Ask at the department that offers your course of study; they might have a scholarship for students in your major
  • Fill out any applications the school requires for its own aid, and meet the deadlines

 Aid from a Nonprofit or Private Organization

  • Many organizyations offer scholarships or grants to help students pay for college

 

 Information provided by Federal Student Aid


Government Benefits

Benefits.gov is a partnership of federal agencies with a shared vision - to provide improved, personalized access to government assistance programs, and to reduce the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government while increasing citizen access to government benefit information.

 

Fellowships

  1. Most fellowships are not based on need
    1. They are usually based on skill, GPA, and qualifications to work in a certain field
  2. Fellowships are also usually payment for some type of work, such as teaching at the college level while obtaining a master’s degree or PhD, or doing extra training in a hospital to earn board certification as a specialist in a certain field of medicine after completing medical school
    1. This money tends to pay for internships or fieldwork, so that students, usually at the graduate level, can enhance their training in their field of interest
  3. Fellowships can last for a few days, a few weeks, a couple of months, a year, or a couple of years, depending on the scope of the work involved, and they normally pay in increments, by monthly stipend, instead of awarding the total amount of money at one time

Scholarships

  1. Scholarships tend to be given to undergraduate college students, primarily for the purpose of general education expenses - some take need into account or may require specific skills
  2. They may be limited as to the type of major a student has, but most are general and award gifts of money for education based on superior school performance
  3. Most scholarships last for at least a semester in school, though some may be given more generally to pay for school expenses

 Assistantships

  1. Assistantships can be teaching, research or administrative centered
  2. Assistantships can provide free or reduced tuition and a salary on a regular periodic basis basis as compensation for the service provided each term of the appointment, sometimes called a stipend
    1. Other benefits, such as health insurance, are also possible
  3. Typically you are required to be a full-time graduate student and in good academic standing to begin an assistantship

Fellowships and Assistantships Supplement Graduate School Scholarships

Peterson's presents information about looking beyond scholarships and understanding the difference between assistantships and fellowships.

Avoiding Scholarship and Financial Scams

Avoid falling prey to scholarship and financial aid scams.

FAFSA and Scholarship Myths & Scams

Be aware of offers from individuals or companies to find scholarships or complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the FAFSA, for you…for a fee.


 For information regarding Applications, Interviewing and Letters of Recommendation, please visit Applications for Fellowships and Scholarships in Foundations for Educational Success.

 

Portable Graduate Fellowships

Institutional Fellowships

Graduate Fellowships 

  • May be university-awarded, federally funded or may be fellowships offered by independent organizations
  • Many are targeted to a specific student group or field of study

 

 

  1. Scholarships are monetary awards used to offset the cost of attendance at the college of your choice
  2. Scholarships are FREE MONEY, and do not have to be repaid
  3. Scholarship monies can range from as little as $100 to as much as a full tuition scholarship
  4. Scholarship deadlines vary widely, but usually fall between late September and March of each year
  5. The late summer/early fall of each year is a good time to do research on scholarship opportunities
  6. Some scholarships are given only once, and some are renewable for up to four years
  7. Some scholarships are regional, while others draw applicants nation-wide
  8. Criteria for winning scholarships varies widely (ie; some care about GPA, some don’t; some ask for an essay submission, others don’t)
  9. Scholarships from private agencies, organizations, or businesses are usually given to fulfill a particular vision or mission of the company.
    1. For example, the Ford Motor Company may award a scholarship to help African-American or Latino engineering majors go to college because their interest is in showing company support for a new generation of minority engineers
  10. Generally, the bigger the monetary award, the more prestigious and competitive the scholarship.
  11. More competitive scholarships have earlier deadlines
  12. Some scholarships are paid directly to the school, and others send the award to you in the mail
  13. Scholarship applications can often be downloaded from their website; others, you must contact the agency by phone or email to receive an application
  14. Keep a copy of all documents associated with each scholarship to which you are applying

For information regarding Applications, Interviewing and Letters of Recommendation, please visit Applications for Fellowships and Scholarships in Foundations for Educational Success.

 

Searching for graduate school funding is like doing investigative research. It’s like doing research at the library - it takes time. But, the time is well worth it. The internet is the best way to find information on scholarships. However, there are excellent books available too. The key is to leave no stone unturned. 
  1. Set aside at least 1 hour at each sitting to search on the internet
  2. Whenever you encounter a funding opportunity of interest to you, go to the website of the sponsoring agency or company. You need to find out more information about the company to determine what they are actually looking for in an applicant.
  3. Ask these 4 questions about every funding opportunity you encounter (call or examine their website to find out for sure.):
    1. Who is the sponsor?
    2. When is the application due?
    3. Do I meet the criteria?
    4. When was the last financial award given (to make sure it is legitimate and up to date)?
  4. Wherever possible, register with a search engine like Education Planner.
  5. Profile matches within scholarship and fellowship search engines are essential and can save time in your search.

Tips for Your Fellowship Application (PDF)

Boston University provides this one-page guide for preparing your fellowship application.

5 Tips for Tapping into Graduate School Scholarships

This article, written by Kaplan Test Prep staff, offers five ways to discover and secure funding for your grad school education.


For information regarding Applications, Interviewing and Letters of Recommendation, please visit Applications for Fellowships and Scholarships in Foundations for Educational Success.

 

 

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Find Your Funding

Peterson's Scholarship Search

Peterson's offers a database of over 5,000 scholarship providers with a combined more than 1.5 million scholarships, fellowships, prizes and forgiveable loans.

Scholarship Directory

Scholarships.com offers this scholarship directory and matching service to match you with scholarships, grants, and other financial aid that suits you perfectly.

CollegeNet Mach25 Scholarship Search

The Mach25 offers two unique search tools - the keyword search is perfect if you know something about the scholarship you are looking for, and profile search looks for scholarships to match your personal profile.

Scholarships 360 Database

The team behind Scholarships360 has been carefully selecting quality scholarship opportunities since December 2010. By profiling a select number of reputable scholarships, you can focus on what applies to and appeals to you.

Career One Stop Scholarship Search

An interactive, online tool to help you locate scholarships and other financial assistance for education from more than 7,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities.

Rutgers GradFund Knowledgebase

GradFund maintains a database of graduate and postdoctoral fellowship and grant competitions. The database contains over 4000 awards, offered by over 1800 funders, including the United States federal government, international organizations, private organizations and universities in the US and abroad.

 

Study in Canada - Scholarships

StudyInCanada.com provides an extensive database to find scholarships, student awards, bursaries and grants, as well as information about student loans, applications and budget planning.

Scholarships Canada

ScholarshipsCanada.com provides a personalized experience where you data provided in your profile matches you with scholarships available and receive alerts about upcoming deadlines. You can also improve as a student through tips that show you how to use your strengths.

IEFA Funding Sources

The International Education Financial Aid website (IEFA) is the premier internet resource listing financial aid information for students who wish to study in a foreign country. Here, you will find the most comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs and other information to assist students in their quest to study abroad.

International Scholarships

The International Scholarship Search is the premier financial aid, college scholarship and international scholarship resource for students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information to assist college and university students in their pursuit to study abroad.

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

Resources for U.K. Fellowships

Brown University provides this useful information for preparing applications for U.K. fellowships, general information about schools and study in the U.K. and sites that allow you research courses and institutions, as well as other funding sources.

Fullbright US Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. Applicants include recent graduates, master's and doctoral candidates, and young professionals. (Tips on preparing for the Fulbright Scholarship)

Gates Cambridge

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. (Tips on preparing for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship)

 

Rutgers Financial Information

Rutgers University maintains this financial information broken down into Merit-Based, Need-Based, and Non-Need-Based Assistance.

UCLA Graduate and Postdoctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES)

Search for awards from among 625 scholarships, grants, fellowships, and postdoctoral awards. Free-to-search for applicants to any graduate program, to graduate students working on a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation, and to postdoc scholars.

Simon Fraser University Graduate Awards Database

Simon Fraser University maintains this list of Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships for SFU.

University of Washington List of Fellowships

The compilation of popular funding opportunities includes many which are administered by the UW Graduate School, is not an exhaustive list. The key distinguishes between Diversity Awards, International Student Eligibility and Doctoral Students Only. Also check out the Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS), the GFIS Blog for the latest on upcoming awards, and the Funding & Grant Writing workshop materials, which include webinars and presentations.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships

Teaching postdocs are similar to research postdocs in that you’ll work under the direction of a faculty mentor, with time spent developing your teaching skills. The UN-Lincoln Graduate Student Career and Professional Development center provides a partial list that provides a starting point for considering teaching postdoctoral positions.

Funding Resources Maintained by McNairScholars.com

The funding opportunities listed here are generally organized by discipline and are offered by various agencies and organizations, both private and governmental. The funding sources are not necessarily specific to a particular institution of higher learning.

Scholarships Available For Black Students

BlackStudents.com maintains this online guide to scholarships, financial aid and more for African American Studnets.

Science Mag Funding Sources

Since GrantsNet has retired, the staff at ScienceMag.org has compiled a list of other places you can search for information on funding programs. Some may be paid subscription for access.

DO-IT Scholarship Opportunities

The Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) Center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. They maintain this extensive list of scholarships, including ones with upcoming deadlines.

Hamilton College National Awards

Hamilton College maintains this list of scholarships and fellowships for international study, travel abroad and research.

Hamilton College Postgraduate Awards

Hamilton College maintains this list of scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study, travel abroad and research.

 

 

 

Specific Funding Opportunities

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

Only students in their Junior year are eligible to apply. Each Scholarship provides up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Recipients must be US citizens, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, be in the top quarter of their class, and be committed to careers in government or the not-for-profit sector.

STAR Graduate Fellowships 

EPA's Science To Achieve Results (STAR) graduate fellowship program supports masters and doctoral candidates in environmental studies. Students can pursue degrees in traditionally recognized environmental disciplines as well as other fields such as social anthropology, urban and regional planning, and decision sciences.

Soros Fellowships for New Americans 

Soros Fellowships are for New Americans: an individual who (1) is a resident alien (i.e., holds a Green Card), or (2) has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen, or (3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens.

NSF Specialized Information for Undergraduate Students

The following links provide specialized information about funding from the NSF or from an awardee institution for students, including summer internships.

NASPAA Internship Resources

The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) is the global standard in public service education. They offer quick tips on finding an internships, as well as a short list of internships with the federal government, nonprofits, and NASPAA.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Education Resources

The NOAA Student Opportunities website is designed to provide information about educational opportunities that are available throughout NOAA. On this site, you can find information on scholarships, internships, fellowships and post docs, including a brief description of each program, the application deadline, award amount, dates of the opportunity, contact e-mail address and a link to the website.

Morris K. Udall Foundation

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships, fellowships, and internships for study in fields related to the environment and to American Indians and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care and tribal public policy.

Amazon Student Scholarship

Amazon offers merit based undergraduate scholarships and textbook giftcards to students attending accredited, not for profit US colleges or universities full time.

Scholarships, Financial Aid and Student Internships

The US Department of State offers this extensive list of funding available to eligible family members of military personnel, scholarships, ROTC programs, government programs for financing a college education, financial aid information, student internships with the government, and internship programs offering tuition assistance.

Undergraduate Education Active Funding

The National Science Foundation (NSF) provides this list of funding opportunities for undergraduates.

Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships

Smithsonian fellowships are awarded competitively to graduate, pre-doctoral, or post-doctoral students – or granted non-competitively to visiting professionals, students, scientists, or scholars – are offered to individuals who design and develop proposals for independent study or collaborative research in fields pursued by and of interest to Smithsonian staff. Smithsonian fellows are generally appointed to terms lasting between 1 to 3 years.

Smithsonian internships are learning experiences guided by a mentor, occurring during a specific time frame, which provide benefits relating to an intern’s education, coursework, or career goals. With stated learning objectives and a mentor’s commitment, interns may be appointed for a term of up to six months. As an intern’s experiential education progresses, with revised learning objectives and a renewed commitment from a mentor, they may be reappointed.

SASE Scholarship Program

The purpose of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) Scholarship Program is to recognize and reward deserving SASE Collegiate members who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievements and leadership credentials through activities and impacts they make on campus and local communities. By awarding these scholarships as financial support, SASE helps to cultivate and develop the leaders of tomorrow. SASE also recognizes diversity and celebrates it by shining a spotlight on their great work and contributions.

IIS Graduate Funding Opportunities

The Institute of International Studies administers funding opportunities for Ph.D. candidates. They also offer a merit scholarship for undergraduate research.

USGS Students and Recent Graduates Resources

US Geological Survey (USGS) offers programs, internships and fellowships for students and recent graduates.


The Leadership Alliance offers lists of funding opportunities for all students - undergraduate and graduate.

 

NAACP Scholarships

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) provides scholarships through generous donations received each year. The NAACP does not provide financial aid to individuals, only scholarships.

Scholarships Available For Black Students

BlackStudents.com maintains this online guide to scholarships, financial aid and more for African American Students.

UNCF Scholarships, Programs, Internships, and Fellowships

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) maintains this list of Scholarships, Programs, Internships and Fellowships, all with varying eligibility criteria, application dates, and required documentation.

MS PHD'S

The Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success (MS PHD'S) in Earth System Science initiative was developed by and for underrepresented minorities with the overall purpose of facilitating increased participation in Earth system science.

 

The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) is a national organization providing educational assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students throughout the United States.

American Indian College Fund Scholarships

The American Indian College Fund (AICF) was established in 1989 to provide scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native students attending tribal colleges, and to fund and create awareness about the community-based accredited tribal colleges and universities that offer students access to knowledge and skills alongside Native culture, language, and values. The AICF also provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students attending any other accredited public and non-profit private college all across the United States.

NIEA Scholarship Opportunities

National Indian Education Association collects information about scholarships in various fields of study. They also provide a few additional sites that may also be of assistance.

Financial Aid and College Preparation Resources for Native Americans (PDF)

This two-page informational handout from Federal Student Aid offers information from the US Department of Education for students, parents and other mentors regarding scholarships and other resources available.

Morris K. Udall Foundation

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships, fellowships, and internships for study in fields related to the environment and to American Indians and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care and tribal public policy.

MS PHD'S

The Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success (MS PHD'S) in Earth System Science initiative was developed by and for underrepresented minorities with the overall purpose of facilitating increased participation in Earth system science.

 

Hispanic Scholarship Fund Programs

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation's largest provider of college financial aid to Latino students, offering a diverse range of scholarships. This website is full of information and resources that will help you succeed. This database can also be sorted by your current education level (i.e. High School Senior, Undergrad, Grad Students, Community College).

LULAC Scholarships

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Scholarships provide scholarships, through donations, to high school seniors, and undergraduate & graduate college students.

MS PHD'S

The Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success (MS PHD'S) in Earth System Science initiative was developed by and for underrepresented minorities with the overall purpose of facilitating increased participation in Earth system science.

 

The American Association of University Women

AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. As one of the world's largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW offers career development grants, community action grants, international project grants, local scholarships, and fellowships for US and International Study, as well as selected professions fellowships.

The Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Woman's Studies

The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies encourages original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. The WW Women’s Studies Fellowships support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways.

Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.)

P.E.O. provides many forms of financial assistance for women. P.E.O. Scholar Awards were established in 1991 to provide substantial awards to women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a graduate degree, terminal degree master's or are engaged in graduate research at an accredited institution.

Energy.gov Activities Listing

Propelled by President Obama's creation of the Council on Women and Girls in 2009, the Energy Department's branch of the Council has devised meaningful ways to increase participation of women in the STEM workforce and economy. The listing includes internships and research opportunities.

 

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers an extensive funding database. This filtered search shows funding resources for veterans.

Miltary.com Money for School

Miltary.com provides this concise source of funding opportunities for military personnel, including: active duty education benefits, guard and reserve education benefits, tuition assistance, and spouse & family educational benefits.

 

STEM Program Search

IDP's Pathways to Science provides this database of over 1,000 programs in a variety of disciplines and education levels. You can search by discipline or geography or use their advanced search option for more filters.

STEMfinity Funding Opportunities

STEMfinity provides a listing of funding opportunities by state, as well as federally funded grants.

AAAS Fellowships

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offers fellowship and program information for a small selection.

AAAS Internship Opportunities

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offers volunteer and paid internships throughout the year.

NASA Education Projects

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) offers an alphabetical listing of all student education projects available.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Student Internships

Los Alamos Lab offers the opportunity to work with the best minds on the planet in an inclusive environment that is rich in intellectual and vitality and opportunities for growth.

SULI Internships

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program is a premier Department of Energy fall, spring and summer internship designed to bring undergraduates into the laboratory research setting at the Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University to work with scientists who are leaders in their research fields.

Energy.gov Activities Listing

Propelled by President Obama's creation of the Council on Women and Girls in 2009, the Energy Department's branch of the Council has devised meaningful ways to increase participation of women in the STEM workforce and economy. The listing includes internships and research opportunities.

NSF REU Opportunities in Mathematical Sciences

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs) are summer programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). REUs usually consist of two parts: intensive study of topics through lecture and interaction, and student research on a question/questions.

AMS REU Summer Programs

American Mathematical Society (AMS) maintains this list of REU programs active during the summer season.

SciVal Funding Database

The SciVal Funding Database, provided by the University of Washington Health Sciences Library, allows you to find grants for research, training, equipment, conferences and career development. With access to over 10,000 US and international funding bodies, you can find active funding opportunities and awarded grants.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Three years of funding for students in mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, or behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and the philosophy of science; and to research-based Ph.D. degrees in science education.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship

As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award three-year graduate fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering, and who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within fifteen disciplines.

U.S. Department of Energy Fellowships

Students selected for fellowships (which can be renewed up to four years) agree to undertake study and research in computational science. The program of study must provide background in a scientific or engineering discipline, computer science, and applied mathematics.

NASA One Stop Shop Initiative (OSSI)

NASA funding supports a variety of assistantships, internships, fellowships, and scholarships nationwide in a wide range of STEM and related disciplines. Internships can be filtered by academic level (i.e. pre-college, undergraduate, graduate).

STEM Grad Students on Science.gov

This site is the primary source for searching Federally-sponsored opportunities for graduate students and graduate study programs in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) areas. These advanced degree opportunities range from graduate fellowships and research internships that graduate students can apply to directly to funding opportunities for academic institutions to establish innovative graduate training programs.

STEM Undergrads on Science.gov

This site is the primary source for searching Federally-sponsored opportunities for undergraduate students and undergraduate programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) areas. These opportunities range from scholarships and research internships that undergraduate students can apply to directly to funding opportunities for academic institutions to establish innovative undergraduate training programs.


Mathematical Association of America (MAA) maintains this list of academic year and summer programs for undergraduate and graduate students. Through its SUMMA program, MAA supports the participation of mathematics undergraduates from underrepresented groups in focused and challenging research experiences to increase their interest in advanced degrees and careers in mathematics.


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Fellowships Office administers predoctoral, postdoctoral, and senior fellowship awards on behalf of government and private/foundation sponsors. 

 

 

 

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Breaking Ground with Research

Getting Started: Searching for a Program (PDF)

Pathways to Science has prepared this two-page guide for getting started in your search for research opportunities.

Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (PDF)

Pathways to Science provides this two-page guide discussing Summer Research, why you should apply, how it all works and a timeline for finding and applying to programs.

Finding and Applying for Summer Research Experiences (Webinar)

The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) collaborated with COSEE-OS on this webinar with the goal of sharing the basics of how undergraduates can seek and apply for summer research experiences.

Discussing Summer Research with your Family (PDF)

It might not be as clear to your family as it is to you why you want to do summer research or get a PhD. This guide offers advice on having the conversation with your family, especially if your research will take you far away.


Visit our FAQ page for more information from Research Experience Universities (REU)

 

There are a substantial number of advantages gained by being selected and participating in paid summer research internships.

Advantages

  1. Gain confidence that you are capable of doing graduate level research and would be successful as a graduate student
  2. Network with fellow peers, faculty mentors, other departmental members, administrators, and the general community
  3. Allows you to prepare for the GRE
  4. Learn how to enhance your leadership, presentation and communication skills
  5. Learn about academic departments at the Internship University and their requirements for graduate study
  6. Enhance your academic and research skills by working one-on-one with a faculty mentor from top-ranked research institutions
  7. Gain experience as an undergraduate student to put you at an advantage as a graduate applicant
  8. Campus-based educational enrichment activities broaden your view of graduate education and research, along with strengthening your technical skills
  9. Campus workshops inform you about graduate admission procedures, financial aid opportunities, test-taking skills, preparing a presentation, and expose you to a wide range of research fields
  10. Informal social gatherings provide a relaxed setting for students and faculty to exchange ideas and share experiences
  11. At the end of the summer, you publicly present the results of your research project in a poster or a lecture format giving you presentation experience that will enhance your graduate school applications and funding applications

Benefits of Undergraduate Research Programs (PDF)

This article by Diana Lizarraga, NERDS Director at UC Berkeley, shares first-hand insights into the benefits of gaining research experience as an undergraduate.


Visit our FAQ page for more information from Research Experience Universities (REU)

 

NSF REU Opportunities in Mathematical Sciences

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs) are summer programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). REUs usually consist of two parts: intensive study of topics through lecture and interaction, and student research on a question/questions.

AMS REU Summer Programs

American Mathematical Society (AMS) maintains this list of REU programs active during the summer season.

SciVal Funding Database

The SciVal Funding Database, provided by the University of Washington Health Sciences Library, allows you to find grants for research, training, equipment, conferences and career development. With access to over 10,000 US and international funding bodies, you can find active funding opportunities and awarded grants.

Pathways to Science Summer Research Opportunity Search

IDP's Pathways to Science provides this database of over 1,000 programs in a variety of disciplines and education levels. You can search by discipline or geography or use their advanced search option for more filters.

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship

NDSEG Fellows have numerous summer and postgraduate opportunities with the Department of Defense, including research programs. These exciting opportunities are sponsored by the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the High Performance Computing Modernization Program.

National Science Foundation (NSF) REU Sites Program

The NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials. 

NSF Funding Opportunity Search

The NSF offers this keyword search driven database to find funding opportunities. Use the Search Tips and Advanced Funding Search to narrow your focus.

NSF Research.gov

Research.gov is the online grants management for the NSF community.

Research Grants

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains this list of Research Funding Opportunities, Research Grant Areas and tools and resources for grantees.

 

Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP)

The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a graduate-level research experience for highly talented undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in pursuing doctorates in the humanities, social sciences or fine arts.

Northwestern Summer Research Opportunity Program

The Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) is an eight-week competitive research experience at Northwestern University for sophomores and juniors from colleges and universities across the United States. All fields of research at Northwestern are open to SROP participants including the social sciences and humanities, physical sciences, chemical and biological sciences, technology, math and engineering fields. 

Summer Research - Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)

Since 1992, the Leadership Alliance has encouraged students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities to pursue research careers in the academic, public and private sectors. SR-EIP is a rigorous research experience designed specifically for undergraduates interested in applying to PhD or MD-PhD programs.

Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP)

The Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP) offers talented undergraduate and graduate students summer internship positions with the Department of Energy and our National Laboratories, with the goal of reaching underrepresented students in STEM fields, such as women and girls. Positions involve scientific research or a focus on policy, business, and government relations. All internships include paid lodging, round trip airfare, and monetary compensation.

NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The SURF Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission.

UCI Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

University of California, Irvine’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program offers undergraduate and master’s diversity students an opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects and provides an intense course of graduate preparation workshops. The program, which is designed for students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. or M.F.A. degree and enter academic careers, provides the tools needed to facilitate application, admission, and enrollment to graduate school. The SURF program is open to virtually all academic fields at UC Irvine. 

UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research

The UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) offer upper division undergraduate students with outstanding academic potential the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects. The programs are designed for students who wish to learn more about the graduate school experience and possibly pursue an academic career in teaching and research. Opportunities are available in virtually all academic fields (e.g., arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, health sciences, physical sciences, etc.).

University of Maryland Summer Research Initiative

The Summer Research Initiative (SRI) was created in 1999, and is designed to encourage and enhance the diversity of scholars working in the social and behavioral science fields. With that in mind, they are interested in receiving applications to the program from a broad spectrum of students, including African Americans, Latino/Hispanics, American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, as well as students with research interests related to diverse communities.

Rackham Summer Research Opportunity Program

The University of Michigan Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) offers outstanding undergraduates in a variety of disciplines who are underrepresented in their field of study the opportunity to conduct intensive research.

University of Texas at Austin Research Experience for Undergraduates Program

Each year the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with the Department of Sociology, hosts the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. This eight-week summer program, which is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, offers eight very selective upper-division undergraduate students from both UT-Austin and from around the country the opportunity to study social demography through course work and a mentored research experience with senior PRC graduate students.

University of Washington Undergraduate Research Program Funding

Funding to support undergraduate research is available through opportunities managed by the Undergraduate Research Program, other UW programs and organizations beyond campus. 

Undergraduate Summer Research Internship (SRI)

The Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) Undergraduate Summer Research Internship (SRI) started in Summer 1993, and since then has been a transformative experience for hundreds of students. Students from a wide variety of academic disciplines spend ten weeks during the summer (late May - late July/early August) working closely with a faculty mentor in a mentor/protege relationship to design, conduct and present a scholarly research presentation. Students also prepare to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and receive counseling on gaining admission to graduate school and available funding opportunities. 


The following links provide specialized information about funding from the NSF or from an awardee institution for students at the level indicated, or identify programs that focus on educational developments for this group such as curricula development, training or retention.


Mathematical Association of America (MAA) maintains this list of academic year and summer programs for undergraduate and graduate students. Through its SUMMA program, MAA supports the participation of mathematics undergraduates from underrepresented groups in focused and challenging research experiences to increase their interest in advanced degrees and careers in mathematics.

 

 

 

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