Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center

Research Funding

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

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.

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.

Scholarships available to UROC Scholars

Barbara Baldock and Philip Butler Scholarship*

Awards one UROC Scholar $5000 to support their undergraduate research and graduate school application endeavors.

UROC Arts & Humanities Scholarship

Awards two UROC scholars eager to explore research questions through creative inquiry in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

CSUMB Scholarships

CSUMB Scholarshipsinclude 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.

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.

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.


Gilman Scholarship

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.

Point Foundation

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.

California State University Entertainment Alliance

CSUEA programs offer invaluable learning, career development and networking opportunities to prepare and empower students for successful careers in entertainment arts & media

My Undocumented Life

My Undocumented Life provides up-to-date information and resources to undocumented students. Scholarship opportunities that are open to undocumented students, strategies for navigating the educational system, information on how to apply for DACA, news on immigration policies, and much more.

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.

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.

Marshall Scholarship

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.

Ford Foundation

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.

Soros Fellowships

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.