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Undergraduate Research Center

Resources

One of the main functions of the URC is to provide access to resources for students interested in pursuing research opportunities and funding. While the URC is able to offer some forms of funding, students may find that other avenues are more appropriate or attractive. This page lists internal funding opportunities, external funding opportunities, and other resources for for students seeking funding.

Internal Funding Opportunities

Division opportunities

AHSS Student Research Grant

The purpose of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Student Research Grant is to make special projects (research and/or creative endeavors) feasible to AHSS students who would otherwise face cost-prohibitive travel or research expenses. Up to seven grants for up to $1,250 each are available.

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AHSS Student Internship Grant

The Dean for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences awards three grants for up to $3,000 each to AHSS students who will enroll in summer internships.

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Department-specific funding

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Undergraduate students majoring in International Studies may apply for grant funds to work on on-going projects in the Sie Cheou-Kang Center in International Security and Diplomacy and the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures. Contact Sandy Johnson, Sandy.Johnson@du.edu for more information.

 

Natural Sciences & Mathematics

  • Geography & the Environment

The Department of Geography will pay registration fees for students presenting work at the Association of American Geographers meeting. Geography students may apply to the Herold Fund in support of student field research.

Contact Andy Goetz, agoetz@du.edu for more information.

  • Mathematics

Undergraduate students presenting their work at conferences can apply for up to $1,500 in support. This award is made possible in part by the John G. Daly Endowment for Travel and Research Support and the Math Gift Fund.

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Center for Multicultural Excellence opportunities

IRISE Pioneer Pathways Program (P3)

The Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE) P3’s program has a specific goal to nurture the strengths of academically successful students from historically underrepresented communities and prepare them to pursue additional academic degrees, such as a Masters or Doctorate. The program supports IRISE’s mission to develop students who are underrepresented in various fields where an advanced degree is required as a condition of employment. In connection to DU’s commitment to Inclusive Excellence and Diversity, P3 is aimed to provide students with impactful research opportunities, social and cultural support, meaningful mentorship, and personal growth.

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IRISE Undergraduate Scholars

The Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE) provides the support and structures that empower students to turn their big ideas regarding a research project on inequality into reality. Each scholar will follow a project structure that includes: research; development of a project plan in conjunction with faculty mentor, IRISE colleagues, and other DU students; and implementation, documentation and evaluation of their public project. IRISE inequity Scholars will receive a $2,000 annual fellowship for their work between February 1 and June 30 of each academic year. In addition, each scholar is eligible to receive a $1000 annual project stipend to implement community work. Faculty mentors will receive $500 in recognition of their intensive mentoring role.

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Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning Opportunities

Public Good Associates

The Public Good Associates Program is designed to form student-faculty working relationships that effectively support community-engaged scholarship (research). Public Good Associates (PGA) will be placed with one DU faculty member to assist in her/his community-engaged scholarship (research). DU students who demonstrate a deep commitment to community-engaged work and have an interest in research are eligible to apply. The program provides opportunities for students to gain valuable research experience and contribute to the University's mission to be a great private institution dedicated to the public good.

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Service Learning Associates

The Service Learning Associates Program is designed to create student-faculty working relationships that effectively support and use community-based partnerships in learning. The program provides opportunities for students to play a leadership role in service learning classes. DU students who have completed at least one previous service-learning course (or are very knowledgeable in topics related to service learning) are eligible to apply.

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Science Shop

The Science Shop connects community organizations with students (undergraduate, graduate) and faculty to address public problems through research and/or creative work. Students and faculty bring diverse academic experience and interests (e.g., business, law, social sciences, arts, humanities, engineering, social work, law, computing, mathematics, environmental management and more) to these collaborations.

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Other opportunities

Dr. Irwin E. Vinnik Fellowship for Advanced Study in Israel

The Dr. Irwin E. Vinnik Fellowship for Advanced Study in Israel honors the life of the late Dr. Irwin E. Vinnik, esteemed physician, scholar, professor of medicine, and respected community leader and activist. His love of education and dream of bridging the gap between the United States and Israel, and among Jews, Muslims and Christians inspired the Vinnik family to establish the memorial scholarship fund. By providing funds for educational travel to Israel, the fellowship honors Dr. Vinnik's wish to foster increased understanding of Israel, Judaism, and Israeli and Jewish culture.

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Special Honors Funding

Open to Honors students. Students can apply for Special Honors Funding, which provides up to $1000 and is available to help defray the costs of scholarly pursuits including travel to conferences and archives and the purchase of research materials.

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External Funding Opportunities

Undergraduate Scholarships/Fellowships

EuroScholars: European Undergraduate Research Opportunities

EuroScholars is especially designed for students who are interested in discovering their potential for a research career. EuroScholars offers unique opportunities to spend a semester as a junior researcher at one of the top European research institutions. Supervision will be provided by academic staff, working on and/or responsible for the Research Project. Campus contact: Office of Internationalization.

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Fulbright Grants

Application deadlines vary

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Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

Provides a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.

Must be nominated by the faculty representative.

Faculty representative: Nancy Sasaki

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National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Offers competitive scholarships, up to $20,000 to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research.

Application deadline: March 2, 2015

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Dr. Irwin E. Vinnik Fellowship for Advanced Study in Israel

Open to anyone age 16 or older who is interested in traveling to Israel in order to foster increased understanding of Israel, Judaism, and Israeli and Jewish culture.

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Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation: Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State. It  has both an undergraduate and graduate program. Pickering Undergraduate applicants must apply as rising seniors; Graduate applicants must be seeking admission to a two-year master’s degree program in fall of 2015.

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Graduate Scholarships/Fellowships

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program

Not offered this cycle

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British 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.

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George Mitchell Scholarship

The Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.

Application deadline: October 1, 2014

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Institute for Humane Studies -- Humane Studies Fellowship

Founded in 1961 by F.A. “Baldy” Harper, the Institute for Humane Studies advances a freer society by discovering and facilitating the development of talented, productive students, scholars, and other intellectuals who share an interest in liberty. 

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National Institutes of Health—Graduate Partnerships Programs

Designed to bring PhD graduate students to the NIH Intramural Research Program for dissertation research. Participants enjoy the academic environment of a university, the extensive research resources of the NIH, and the breadth and depth of the research programs of both the host university and the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP). The goal is to create a different kind of graduate experience, one that focuses on training the next generation of scientific leaders by emphasizing communication and collaboration skills, integration of information, and interdisciplinary investigation.

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National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships (NSFGRFP)

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.

Application deadlines vary by discipline.

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Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

Designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner.

Application deadline: November 15, 2014

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Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford, and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals. Each year, 32 U.S. citizens are among more than 80 Rhodes Scholars worldwide who take up degree courses at Oxford University. 

Campus representative: Shawn Alfrey

Application deadline: First Wednesday of October

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Rotary Global Grant

Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s  Grant sponsors form international partnerships that respond to real community needs and can fund scholarships for graduate-level academic studies.

Application deadline: Rolling

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Truman Scholarship

Application deadline: February 3, 2015, must be nominated by faculty representative

Faculty representative: Richard Caldwell

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Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation: Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State. It  has both an undergraduate and graduate program. Pickering Undergraduate applicants must apply as rising seniors; Graduate applicants must be seeking admission to a two-year master’s degree program in fall of 2015.

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Workshops

past workshops

How to find Research Opportunities 

Slides from John Haag's workshop held on February 23, 2015