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Funding Opportunities  

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One of the “Marks of Excellence” of UW-Eau Claire is its emphasis on student participation in scholarly and creative activity. Listed below are several grant opportunities available to help undergraduate students participate in their scholarly and creative endeavors. There are many internal grant programs, available through ORSP, as well as external grant opportunities for summer internships, research, and travel. Scholarship opportunities are also available.

Internal Grants

Students may work with a faculty member to apply for any of the following grant opportunities:

Work on a project over the summer

Receive a stipend of up to $2,300 through the Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, and up to $500 to spend on research expenses. (deadline February 15)

Work on a project during the academic year

  • Receive a stipend of up to $2100 through the Faculty/Student Research Collaboration program, and up to $700 to spend on research expenses. (deadlines July 15, September 15, and late January if there are sufficient funds)
  •  Receive an award of up to $2000 through the Diversity Mentoring program. This program is designed to enhance engagement of low-income students and students of color in faculty/student undergraduate research collaboration. At least three-quarters of the award will be used for student stipends and remaining funds may be spent on research expenses. (deadline open)

Present the results of your project

  • In addition to presenting at the UW-Eau Claire Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA), you can apply up to two times a year to help fund travel to present at a professional conference. You may receive up to $700 for the first trip, and a total of $1000 for the year. (deadline open)

    TIP: Many professional societies offer travel funds for students (e.g., reduced conference registration fees). Check the conference/society website or contact ORSP for assistance.

(see individual pages for details)

Proposal Submission Date

(Note: This program is only available in years where additional funds are available for the spring.)
Late January

Faculty/Student Research Collaboration

July 15
September 15

Diversity Mentoring Program


Kell Container Corporation Scholarship for Faculty/Student Collaborative Research

March 26

Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates

February 15

CERCA or Student Research Day (April 30- May 1, 2014)

March 6, 2014
(Abstracts due)

Student Travel for the Presentation
of Research Results



Internships and External Grants



Internship programs span a range of disciplines, including business, health, humanities, education, and STEM. For summer internships, most deadlines run from late Jan. to early Mar; see program website for specific due dates.

  • American Institute for Economic Research: Offers a Summer Fellowship Program that provides intensive training in economics. Visiting staff and research fellows expose students to research that is unlikely to reach mainstream classrooms via the conventional textbook route. More info at

  • American Museum of Natural History - Anthropology Internships: Offers internships for students interested in antrhopology, museums, or related fields. More info at

  • Amgen Scholars: Supports participation in university research projects at one of 10 universities, including Stanford, UC Berkely, and University of Washington. More info at

  • Carnegie Institution of Washington: Supports 10-week summer internships to conduct individual research projects with guidance from  laboratory staff. Eligible research areas include Planetary Geology, Astronomy, Mineral Physics, Biogeochemistry, and Geochemistry. More info at

  • Department of Commerce: Offers opportunities for hands-on education and training related to many fields of interest, including business; life, health, and medical sciences; communications and graphic design; mathematics; computer science; physical sciences.

  • Department of Energy: Scholars Program provides summer internships to undergraduates and graduate students. Majors accepted include engineering; physical sciences; environmental sciences; computer science and information technology; physics; program management; math; statistics; safety and health; accounting and finance; law; and other related discipline areas. More info at

    Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer.  More info at

  • Department of Homeland Security: Sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for rising juniors and seniors majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines.

  • Dow Jones Newspaper Fund: Supports summer internships in editing and reporting. Program provides free pre-internship training seminars on college campuses and weekly salaries. Interns who return to college full-time the following fall receive $1,000 scholarships from the fund.

  • German Academic Exchange Service: Offers 2-3 month summer internships in Germany for research in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. More info at

  • Keck Geology Consortium: Includes 4 weeks of summer research, continuing research during the academic year, attendance at the annual Keck Geology Consortium Symposium, and a publication in the annual Keck Geology Consortium proceedings volume.  More info at

  • MURF Undergraduate Research Fellowships: Provides a ten-week summer internship in research laboratories at California Institute of Technology. Underrepresented students are encouraged to apply. More info at

  • NanoJapan - International Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Provides summer research opportunities in Japanese university laboratories with Japanese mentors focused on the study of THz dynamics of nanostructures. More info at   

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Provides access to all agency-wide internship/fellowship opportunities for students pursuing degrees in STEM fields.

  • National Institute of Standards and Technology : Invites undergraduate students to apply for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program at one of the six NIST laboratories in Gaithersburg, MD: Material Measurement Laboratory, Physical Measurement Laboratory, Engineering Laboratory, Information Technology Laboratory, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, NIST Center for Neutron Research.
    NOTE: This proposal must be submitted by the University, through ORSP.

  • National Institutes of Health: Offers an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

  • National Park Service: Offers a variety of summer internship options, including cultural resources diversity, historic preservation, historic sites and structures, and  maritime documentation.

  • National Science Foundation: Supports active research participation by undergraduate students through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. NSF provides a searchable database, listing active REU programs.

  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE):
    Seeks summer fellows to focus on public health issues related to the environment. Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), and Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS). Current undergraduate and graduate students majoring in applied sciences that have completed three years of major coursework may apply. More info at

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Offers a variety of summer research programs in STEM areas related to energy. More info at
  • The Pine Integrated Network: Education, Mitigation and Adaptation Project (PINEMAP) Undergraduate Fellowship Program: Provides undergraduate fellows from across the United States with a research experience under a graduate student, post-doc, or research staff mentor and prepares them to successfully deliver secondary school science or social studies lessons based on summer research. More info at:
  • Rutgers University - Research in Science and Engineering (RISE): Invites sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors with strong academic credentials, a passion for research, and an interest in graduate school to participate in a 10-week summer research program.

  • Smithsonian Institute: Offers internship opportunities across many Smithsonian museums/centers, including Astrophysical Observatory, Center for Education and Museum Studies, Environmental Research Center, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, and Smithsonian Gardens.

  • University of Central Florida - Preparing Future Researchers: Offers summer research experiences to help prepare for graduate school in the following disciplines: Chemistry, Criminal Justice, Security Studies, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Optics and Photonics. More info at

Travel Grants

See program website for specific due dates. For many applications, you must work with a faculty mentor to complete. Contact ORSP for assistance.

Research Grants

See program website for specific due dates. For many applications, you must work with a faculty mentor to complete. Contact ORSP for assistance.

  • Active Minds Emerging Scholars: Provides an opportunity for students to complete independent mental health projects and be connected with a network of young scholars and national experts in the field of behavioral health.

  • American Heart Association - Undergraduate Student Research Program: Provides up to $4,000 for promising junior or senior students from all disciplines to consider research careers while supporting the highest quality scientific investigation. Funding is available for research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease, stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, and public health problems. Due Jan. NOTE: In 2010-11, applicants had an 81% success rate.

  •  Council on Undergraduate Research - Psychology Division: Furthers the goals of Psi Chi by providing funds for undergraduate Psi Chi members to conduct summer research under the supervision of faculty. Awards include a $3,500 student stipend and a $1,500 faculty mentor stipend.

  • Sigma Xi - Grants-in-Aid of Research: Supports student scientific investigation in any field. Awards are up to $1,000.

Interested in Applying to Graduate Schools?

The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers. The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates who have research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, with graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research. All you need to do is fill out a simple curriculum vitae form and Graduate Schools will be informed of your interest.