Undergraduate Research Funding

UROC provides funding for undergraduate students from all disciplines to undertake mentored research. Search this collection of local, state, and national undergraduate scholarships and awards to find opportunities that match your goals. Also see this page for more scholarships and awards not listed here.

UROC Funding Opportunities - for Faculty

CURE Faculty Fellowship Program

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.

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

The UROC Researcher program provides opportunities for CSUMB students to be financially supported as they work on relevant and innovative mentored research projects at CSUMB and at regional research institutions.The UROC Researcher program is open to students from all majors. Complete up to 100 hours of paid research per semester.

Scholarships available to UROC Scholars

UROC Chevron Scholarship*

The Chevron/UROC scholarship is awarded to an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (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. Priority is given to students from South Monterey County majoring in either Computer Science or another STEM field.

Barbara Baldock and Philip Butler Scholarship*

The Barbara Baldock and Phillip Butler Scholarship awards one UROC Scholar $5000 to support their undergraduate research and graduate school application endeavors. Award based on academic achievement, undergraduate research interests, financial need, graduate school aspirations, and a commitment to serve the community through research, outreach, and service.

Suzanne Dewar Undergraduate Research Scholarship

The Suzanne Dewar Memorial Undergraduate Research Scholarship supports two Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) scholars eager to explore dynamic research questions through creative inquiry in the arts, humanities and social sciences via full participation in the UROC Scholars Program.

Isabelle Bayne Smith Undergraduate Research Scholarship*

The Isabelle Bayne Smith Memorial UROC Research Scholarship is awarded to an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) scholar and provides $500 to be used to further the research goals of a first generation college student majoring in Marine Science.

Other CSU Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Travel Support

CSUPERB - CSU Program for Education & Research in Biotechnology

The CSUPERB Student Travel Grant Program supports faculty-mentored CSU students.Travel to biotechnology-related professional meetings and workshops or to collect biotechnology-related data at shared instrumentation facilities or research sites is supported by this grant program.

CSU Pre-Doctoral Program - Sally Casanova Scholarship

The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the diversity of the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages.

STAR

STAR 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

COAST 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. Applications are accepted quarterly.

External Funding Opportunities

Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Scholarships of up to $7,500 a year are provided to help cover costs associated with tuition, mandatory fees, books, room and board. A sophomore who receives a Goldwater Scholarship will receive up to $7,500 in each of his/her junior and senior years. A junior who receives a Goldwater Scholarship will receive up to $7,500 in his/her senior year.

American Psychological Association Undergraduate Research Grants

Individual grants are up to $1,500 or $3,500 for research requiring the applicant to travel significant distances. An annual total of $75,000 in funding is available for student research projects.

Udall

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. In 2019, the Udall Foundation anticipates awarding 50 scholarships of up to $7,000 each.

Gilman Scholarship

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. Over 2,900 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad.

Fulbright - Open Study/Research Award

Fulbright applicants for study/research awards design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. The study/research awards are available in approximately 140 countries. Program requirements vary by country, so the applicant’s first step is to familiarize themselves with the program summary for the host country.

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) 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.

Point Foundation

Point Foundation (Point) 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.

Select Graduate School Fellowships

Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Scholarships of up to $7,500 a year are provided to help cover costs associated with tuition, mandatory fees, books, room and board. A sophomore who receives a Goldwater Scholarship will receive up to $7,500 in each of his/her junior and senior years. A junior who receives a Goldwater Scholarship will receive up to $7,500 in his/her senior year.

National Science Foundation Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

Marshall Scholarship

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.

Soros Fellowships

The Paul & Daisy 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

The Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study support 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.

Looking for Funded Summer Research Opportunities?

Learn more on our Open Research Opportunities page.

Database that contains funding sources

A non-CSUMB database to consider is PIVOT. It is a search engine that contains funding sources for research in all fields and disciplines.