The following funding opportunities highlight UROC-specific, community-based, state, and national undergraduate scholarships to fund your research endeavors.
Below, you will find:
- UROC Funding Opportunities -for Students
- Scholarships Available to UROC Scholars
- CSUMB Scholarships
- Other CSU Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Travel Support
- External Funding Opportunities
- Select Graduate School Fellowships
- Database that Contains Funding sources
- UROC Funding Opportunities - for Faculty
UROC Funding Opportunities -for Students
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarly and Artistic Research Grants
Grants are available to currently enrolled undergraduate students working in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences and typically fall in the $500-$1000 range.
UROC Researcher Program
Open to students from all majors, provides opportunities to work on mentored research projects at CSUMB and at regional research institutions. Funded up to 100 hours of paid research per semester.
Scholarships available to UROC Scholars
UROC Chevron Scholarship*
Awards one UROC scholar and provides two years of support intended to help the recipient go on to success in research, graduate studies and a STEM career.
Barbara Baldock and Philip Butler Scholarship*
Awards one UROC Scholar $5000 to support their undergraduate research and graduate school application endeavors.
Suzanne Dewar Undergraduate Research Scholarship
Awards two UROC scholars eager to explore research questions through creative inquiry in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Isabelle Bayne Smith Undergraduate Research Scholarship*
Awards a UROC Scholar $500 to be used to further the research goals of a first generation college student majoring in Marine Science.
CSUMB Scholarships include both internal and external CSUMB scholarships. The criteria vary depending on the award.
Other CSU Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Travel Support
CSUPERB - CSU Program for Education & Research in Biotechnology
Supports faculty-mentoring CSU students. Travel to biotechnology-related professional meetings and workshops or to collect biotechnology-related data at shared instrumentation facilities or research sites.
CSU Pre-Doctoral Program - Sally Casanova Scholarship
Supports the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages.
Aims to produce excellent K-12 STEM teachers by providing aspiring teachers with opportunities to do authentic research while helping them translate their research experience into classroom practice.
COAST - Council on Ocean Affairs, Science, & Technology
Provides travel support and internships for continuing CSU undergraduate and graduate students to attend and present the results of original marine, coastal and coastal watershed research at scientific meetings and conferences.
External Funding Opportunities
Barry Goldwater Scholarship
Scholarships for sophomores and juniors majoring in STEM fields awarded up to $7,500 a year to help cover costs associated with tuition, mandatory fees, books, room and board.
UNESCO Laura W.Bush Traveling Fellowship
Fund applicant up to $4,000 to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations.
American Psychological Association Undergraduate Research Grants
Individual travel grants up to $3,500 to defray the cost of conducting an undergraduate research project.
Sigma Xi Grants-in Aid of Research Program (GIAR)
Grants up to $1,000 to undergraduate and graduate students from all areas of science and engineering. Designated funds allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research.
Awards up to $7,000 scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.
Awards up to $5,000 to study or intern abroad for undergraduate students of limited financial means.
Fulbright - Open Study/Research Award
Study/research awards undergraduates and graduate students to design their own projects and typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education.
National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation Scholarships
Funding for educational and research activities that enhance the practical application of strength and conditioning. Must be an NSCA member.
National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation Assistantship
Offers up to five assistantships each year to qualified candidates.
Supports and empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – through internships, leadership opportunities and scholarships.
Fund for Education Abroad
Invests in promising students with financial need who wish to study abroad. Potential applicants who meet our eligibility requirements may participate on any international education program that meets their academic objectives.
Princess Grace Film Awards
Supports students’ thesis film projects. Category of Film is comprised of (but not limited to) narrative/documentary/experimental/animation/hybrid work, as well as new work including media installations, transmedia, webisodes, interactive web work where the moving image is the primary component. Applications are for funding the following year.
Select Graduate School Fellowships
Fellowships range from short-term to long-term opportunities to fund education or a particular field of professional work while scholarships focus on merit-based or need-based classifications.
Knight-Hennessey Scholars, Stanford University
Receive full funding to pursue graduate study at Stanford. This includes the JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MS, and PhD programs, as well as joint- and dual-degrees.
National Science Foundation Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)
For first- and second- year graduate students at U.S. institutions doing research in fields broadly related to STEM, including education (HPS qualifies). Three years of support.
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.
Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation.
For New Americans program honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Each year, SOROS invests in the graduate education of 30 New Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture or their academic field. Each Fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support over two years, and they join a lifelong community of New American Fellows.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Exceptional Research Opportunities Program \(EXROP\) Gilliam Fellowship
Supports exceptional graduate students who are committed to increasing diversity among scientific leaders, especially those students who will go on to become faculty members at colleges and universities. Fellows are supported for up to three years of dissertation research, typically in years three, four, and five of PhD study. Compensation ranges up to $50,000.
Prestigious fellowship that allows for a study, research, or ESL teaching abroad. Encourages STEM students to apply. Fellowships host workshops for applicants.
DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Program \(CSGF\)
Provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems.
GEM Fellowship Program
Students get advanced STEM degree opportunities at a major participating university, no financial burden and Internships with top major employers.
NOAA Nancy Foster Scholarship Program
Provides support for master’s and doctoral studies in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology and all other science, engineering, social science and resource management disciplines involving ocean and coastal areas particularly by women and members of minority groups. Funds range up to $42, 000.
Project Horseshoe Farms
Offers an intensive paid 1 year (13 month) Fellowship geared to top recent college graduates interested in community health and education, non-profit and organizational management, social entrepreneurship, and community service leadership.
NASA Earth & Space Science Fellowship (NESSF)
For students at any level in U.S. institutions pursuing research related to earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, or astrophysics.
SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Grant (DPDG) [Dissertation]
Offers research, travel, and advisory support to students in the humanities and social sciences to help with dissertation. Proposal development.
SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) [Dissertation]
Offers 9-12 months of support to students in the humanities and social sciences enrolled in PhD programs in the U.S. and conducting dissertation research outside of the US. Promotes research situated in a specific discipline and geographical region but also informed by interdisciplinary and cross-regional perspectives.
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Supports a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D dissertation writing.
Database that contains funding sources
UROC Funding Opportunities - for Faculty
CURE Faculty Fellowship Program
The Course Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) fellowship program will provide CSUMB faculty (lecturers and tenure-track) the space and structure to develop plans, instructional materials, curricular activities and evaluation strategies for the integration of authentic research activities into new or current STEM or STEM-related courses.
Community Engaged Research, Scholarship, Creative Work: Course Development Grant
The Course Development Grant for Community Engaged Research, Scholarship, Creative Work is a pilot partnership between CSUMB's Service Learning Institute (SLI) and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC). This grant opportunity is intended to support faculty members to develop new courses, or revise existing ones, to incorporate course-based research projects with a community engagement focus. The intent is to facilitate projects that engage creatively with real world issues int he classroom that expand and transform the research/teaching/learning environment and that generate research products that will be of use to communities.
Three grants of $1,500 each are awarded each year to facilitate projects that engage creatively with real-world issues in the classroom and that expand and transform the teaching/learning environment. Applicants are encouraged to use these grants as seed funding for larger projects and/or external grant applications.
- Grant recipients will be invited to join the UROC CURE Fellows program
- We are particularly interested in supporting the development of general education (GE) and/or first-year seminar (FYS) courses, as well as integrating research projects into existing service-learning courses.
- Applicants are welcome from all disciplines and interdisciplinary proposals are strongly encouraged.
Application Deadline is May 24, 2019, and March 15 annually thereafter
Projects must be led by CSUMB faculty who are encouraged to apply their expertise in new and creative ways in partnership with communities; we do not fund proposals submitted on behalf of organizations outside of CSUMB. Preference is given to projects addressing community needs in CSUMB's directly adjacent communities (Seaside, Marina, Monterey). Courses should be taught in Fall of 2019 or Spring of 2020. Funds may be used for faculty stipends to develop the course, course supplies, and student/instructional assistant time to support course implementation. Applications must be supported by the appropriate administrator (i.e. Chair, Dean, Director).
Community Engaged Research Grant Recipients
Spring 2019 Recipients: Kelly Medina-López and Shantel Martinez
Kelly Medina-López and Shantel Martinez are using this grant to support the development of a research and theory intensive experience that examines the US/Mexico borderlands. Central to this experience is a 10-day visit to the US/Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. This research-intensive experience will allow students to dive deep and cultivate nuanced understandings concerning transborder lives and narratives at the El Paso/ Juárez border. El Paso/Juárez provides a unique research opportunity as it is one of the largest and most militarized ports of entry for the United States and Mexico border with 6.8 million pedestrians, 12.3 million personal vehicles, and 760,000 commercial vehicles crossing in 2015 (Department of Homeland Security). Given the rich and often contentious political history of the region, El Paso/ Juarez presents itself as a unique border site to conduct research, often not presented to Undergraduate students. Additionally, with Trump’s rhetoric of border security, the lives in El Paso/ Juárez are delicately contingent upon border crossing and transmigratory politics, culture, and bodies. The goals of this class is for CSUMB students who are interested in border narratives to immerse themselves in a trans-national research experience in shared expertise with our colleagues at University Texas, El Paso, and La Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez.
A humanities-based research and theory intensive course (From HCOM MLO 3): Develop competency in creative practice, such as creative writing, journalism, and/or media projects and community storytelling, that responds to a social issue and engages the public. (From HCOM MLO 4): Apply inquiry-based methods informed by humanistic traditions to investigate, interpret, and critique diverse ideas and texts.)