Undergraduate Research

Other Funding Options

Campus Funding Options for Student Projects

The RSCA offers two grants to support the costs of student-faculty projects: the AYURE grants (up to $750) and the SURE grants (up to $1000). It also offers two awards to support travel expenses related to presenting the project at a conference or other venue: the URETA (for AYURE or SURE project winners; up to $1000) and STA (for other applicants; up to $600).

In addition to those, there are a few other campus-based funding options to explore for your project:

  • Student Association Research Grant: The Student Association offers grants (up to $300 per student during the academic year) to support project expenses and/or travel expenses. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students alike. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis during the academic year.
  • Graduate School Research & Creative Projects Award: The Graduate School offers grants (up to $400) to support project expenses and/or travel expenses. It is open to graduate students only. The application deadlines are October 1 and March 1.
  • Research and Creative Projects Award: The Division of Academic Affairs offers a grant (up to $2500) to support faculty scholarship. It is open to full-time faculty only. The application deadline is in late December for award periods to begin in the following Fall semester.
  • Many departments also offer modest funding options to students and/or faculty to cover project expenses and/or travel support. Contact your department chair for possibilities.



Off-Campus Funding Options For Student Projects

You might also find funding options from off-campus sources. One option might be the Council on Undergraduate Research, which has several divisions dedicated to specific academic disciplines (ex, Biology). Some of those divisions provide small research grants to its student members.

Finally, many scholarly areas have professional associations that provide small grants to support undergraduate students’ research expenses and/or travel expenses. Talk to your mentor about possible options in your field.