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Research Opportunities

Research Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

There are 33 opportunities available for First Year students.

Arts Award
The University Award for Projects in the Arts is intended to expand students’ opportunities for creative expression and showcase significant accomplishments in the arts. The program funds outstanding undergraduate projects to be carried out in the summer of 2014 and the 2014-2015 academic year. Each student applicant or group of applicants will propose a project of creative work. Eligible projects might include: plays or films; poetry or short stories; costume design; choreography; sculpture; painting; music composition or performance; creative design projects/explorations; or environmental or other installations.
Beckman Scholars at U.Va.
The Beckman Scholars program at U.Va. will provide annually one or more $19,300 scholarships to highly talented, research-oriented students who will work in their mentor’s laboratory full time for 10 weeks during the summers of 2015 and 2016, and 10 hours per week during the 2015-2016 academic year. Students work with one of 15 identified faculty mentors. Funded by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, this program is intended to advance the education, research training, and personal development of select students in chemistry, biochemistry, and the biological and medical sciences.
Bush Traveling Fellowship Program
The Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant 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. The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad. The length of time for the travel is expected to be between 4 and 6 weeks and should include interaction with individuals from other nations. During his/her travel, the recipient should be willing to participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent U.S. State Department Consulate, Mission, and/or Embassy. Following the travel, the recipient agrees to submit a report describing experiences and analyzing objectives achieved; share his/her experiences with others; and be available to make a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.
Center for Global Health University Scholar Awards
The University of Virginia's Center for Global Health has established the CGH -University Scholar Awards to encourage UVa students to design and carry out cross-disciplinary service learning projects in global health. Health issues can be approached from a broad range of disciplines including politics, biology, economics or foreign affairs.
Clinton Global Initiative
Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges, President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, youth organizations, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. CGI U 2014 will take place at Arizona State University in metropolitan Phoenix from March 21-23, 2014. The meeting will bring together nearly 1,200 attendees to make a difference in CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. Students, apply now to attend CGI U 2014. More than $500,000 is now available for select student commitment-makers. CGI U is a growing community of young leaders who don't just discuss global challenges - they take real, concrete steps toward solving them. Throughout the year, and as a prerequisite of attending the CGI U meeting, students develop their own Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address pressing challenges on campus, in local communities, or around the world. Commitments range from manufacturing wheelchairs for developing countries to establishing campus bike share programs, from creating free vision clinics to developing e-learning applications for mobile phones. Throughout the year, students are also invited to apply to become CGI U Campus Representatives.
College Council Fall Scholars Award
Purpose: Semester Scholars Award amounts range from $500 – $1,000 and are intended to fund scholarly projects that are conducted during the respective semester. Scholarly projects include research in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences as well as creative projects. . Eligibility and Criteria: The College Council Research Grants are available to any student registered and regularly enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. Grant proposals will be assessed based on the strength of the research question, the structure and organization of the proposal, and the integration of the project. Please note that there will be non-experts reviewing the proposals and that the proposals should be written for a broad audience. Strength of Research Question Presents innovative and original work Demonstrates both depth and breadth in their understanding of the subject Makes a significant contribution to the field of study Structure and Organization Written in a clear, concise manner Explicitly states the goals of the research and how these goals will be met Integration Incorporates different academic areas within the College Utilizes innovative approaches and perspectives Applies scholarly research in a manner that benefits the larger local or global community In addition, it will be duly noted if the applicant has received additional funding for the same research project. In the spirit of fostering research among all undergraduates, priority will be given to students who have received no previous funding. Faculty Support: Each project proposal must have a written letter of recommendation from a U.Va. faculty mentor who will serve as an advisor during the completion of the project. A hardcopy of the letter of recommendation must be included with the grant application and submitted by the stated deadline. The faculty mentor should provide insight into his or her basis for concluding that the student is capable of completing a high-quality research project.
Community Based Undergraduate Research Grants - U.Va.
Community-based research seeks to foster collaborative partnerships between university researchers and the community, share knowledge among key stakeholders, and address social inequities. Community Based Research Awards for Undergraduates will provide opportunities for students to develop research projects that apply their academic skills, experiences, and ideas to real world problems. Student researchers, under the guidance of a faculty advisor and in collaboration with a community organization, will identify a project that addresses a documented public need or issue. Student researchers will design a research project adopt and deploy a research methodology embedded in an academic field(s), and create a research product (paper, presentation, etc.) that benefits the community organization and meets expectations of academic rigor as agreed on by the faculty advisor and student researcher(s).
Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes
This program offers intensive overseas study in critical foreign languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, HIndi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Recipients participate in beginning, intermediate, or advanced level summer language programs overseas for a period of 7 to 10 weeks. Languages taught are: Arabic, Persian (Advanced beginning, intermediate or advanced level); Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu (Beginning, intermediate or advanced level); Chinese, Japanese, Russian: (Intermediate or advanced level).
Davis Projects for Peace
Davis Projects for Peace encourages students to design their own grassroots projects for peace. 100 projects will be chosen from among the over 90 American colleges and universities currently affiliated with the Davis UWC Scholars Program.
Dee Family Global Scholarship
The Dee Family Global Scholarship was created to support UVA student participation in innovative study or research projects/activities abroad which demonstrate well-constructed plans, partnership with the local community, and the potential for continued inquiry. Preference will be given to Global Development Studies (GDS) majors. Preference will also be given to non-GDS majors whose projects take place in a developing country, especially those with "Low Human Development" scores on the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI).
Double Hoo Research Grant
The Double Hoo Research Grant supports pairs of undergraduate and graduate scholars seeking to pursue joint research projects. The award is intended to encourage collaborative interaction between the undergraduate and graduate communities at the University. Proposals from all schools at the University will be considered.
Engineering Student Council Engineering Student Council's Travel and Activities Fund
The Engineering Student Council recognizes that current, involved students are SEAS’s best ambassadors. Students have the potential to further the School’s programs and enhance the reputation of the School by forming organizations for engineers, getting involved in the local community, attending conferences, participating in scientific competitions, and more. In recognition of this, the Engineering Student Council (EStud) has created the Student Travel and Activities Fund (TAF) to help support and finance these efforts. These funds are meant to fuel endeavors that further the reputation of the Engineering School or enhance the experiences of engineering students.
Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Summer Undergraduate Research Program
A ten-week research program designed for approximately 20 outstanding undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in biomedically related sciences.
Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards
The University of Virginia's Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards program funds outstanding undergraduate research projects to be carried out in the summer of 2015 and completed during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Hereford Scholars Undergraduate Research Grants
Hereford Residential College will offer four research grants to Hereford students interested in pursuing a topic or project of academic research. Research projects that speak to at least one of Hereford’s core missions of community outreach, cultural diversity, and environmental sustainability will be especially of interest. The goals of this grant are to enhance undergraduate student interactions with faculty, support students in pursuing individually devised initiatives, and to act to support and further the College’s core missions. Projects must be completed by the end of the 2011-12 academic year and will be presented in a colloquium at Hereford Residential College and/or other undergraduate research forums at the University.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Undergraduate Scholars Research Program
HHMI gives undergraduates an opportunity to spend 10 weeks during the summer doing research as an intern in the lab of a mentor at Janelia Farm, located in Ashburn, Virginia. The scholars are encouraged to attend weekly seminars and other events at Janelia. At the end of the session scholars will present their work at a symposium.
Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program
The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, not-for-profit research institution. The Summer Student Program is designed to help students understand the nature of research science. The emphasis of this program is on methods of discovery and communication of knowledge, not the mastery of established facts. Under the guidance of a mentor, students develop an independent research project, implement their plan, analyze the data, and report their results. At the end of the summer, students present their findings to researchers, peers, and parents. Each year, the program consists of about thirty students from around the United States, from both high school and undergraduate institutions. Their varied interests and backgrounds create a lively, well-rounded atmosphere at the lab. Nestled on the border of Acadia National Park, The Jackson Lab is surrounded with possibilities for outdoor adventure. Between hiking, swimming, biking, and bird watching, lab employees and locals are continuously inspired by the pristine landscape.
Kenan Academical Village Endowment Award
The William R. Kenan Endowment Fund of the Academical Village has established an endowment to fund educational outreach programs that further the educational mission of Jefferson’s Academical Village. In accord with the stated purposes of the endowment, the 2014 summer grants will support educational opportunities for students to conduct research projects that increase public understanding of the Academical Village. These research projects may include architectural or field internships; development of exhibitions and other educational opportunities to inform and engage the public (of all ages) in the history, evolution, and restoration of this World Heritage site; preparation of materials on historic preservation for publication and public distribution; and other educational outreach initiatives. At the conclusion of the research, award recipients must submit a final product (e.g., a creative project, a curriculum design, etc.) to document the results of the research project in publishable form along with a letter from the faculty sponsor assessing the outcome of the project.
Marshall Jevons Fund
The Marshall Jevons Fund was established to give small grants of up to $1000 to undergraduate students to support research projects and academic travel in the field of economics. Typical uses of the funds include attending conferences, conducting interviews, and acquiring specialized data.
Miller Center Undergraduate Research Award
The Miller Center is a national, nonpartisan center with the mission to research, reflect, and report on American government. The Center provides research opportunities in political science for undergraduates. Students will work with a faculty advisor to conduct research in a broad range of disciplines, including, but not limited to, presidential studies, American history, political science, foreign affairs, policy studies, law, political economy, and sociology.
Morven Summer Institute Scholarships
The Morven Summer Institute is an innovative summer program hosted on UVa's 3,000-acre Morven Farm, an emerging landscape for interdisciplinary learning at the University, located 20 minutes from UVA Grounds. At the Morven Summer Institute, undergraduate and graduate students with interests in sustainability, design, food systems, and ecology will have the opportunity to escape traditional confines of the classroom while working on projects with real-world applications. Students participating in the 2014 Summer Institute select one 3-credit course from either (or both) of the 10-day summer blocks (Block A: May 19-May 30 and Block B: June 2-June 13). In conjunction with time spent in the classroom at Morven, this interdisciplinary program features guest speakers, field trips, active group discussions, and hands-on projects to ignite creative collaboration among students and faculty. The Morven Summer Institute is a collaborative effort involving faculty from the School of Architecture and the College of Arts and Sciences; the Office of the Vice President for Research; and the Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs. Students from all years, departments, and outside Universities are welcome to join the Morven community for this unique program. The Morven Summer Institute announces that it will offer up to four partial scholarships for the summer of 2014. The Morven Summer Institute (MSI) serves to bring University students out to Morven Farm and into a “living laboratory”—a physical space where they can address questions of sustainability, ecology, and public health by conducting their own research, interacting with their environment, and making both local and global connections. Morven Farm is a 3,000 acre working farm owned by UVa located 15 minutes from Grounds. Through MSI, the farm becomes an extension of the Academical Village, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and enriching students’ education through experiential learning. In the past, students have selected from courses in architecture and social science, such as the Politics of Food and Farmers Market Research, and from environmental science classes in agro-ecology and foodand nutrition. This year, the program is widening its scope, offering not only the Food Politics and Agro-Ecology courses, but also courses in Sustainability and Human Need and Global Health. Students in these classes conduct experiments in the kitchen garden to test the effects of natural pesticides and gardening techniques, and compare land use and production.
National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is one of the nation’s premiere research institutions for the physical and engineering sciences and, as the lead Federal agency for technology transfer, it provides a strong interface between government, industry and academia. NIST offers Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Boulder, Colorado. SURF students will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with our nation’s top scientists and engineers. The Gaithersburg program is soliciting applications in the areas of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Nanoscale Science and Technology, Chemical Science and Technology, Physics, Materials Science and Engineering/Neutron Research, Building and Fire Research, and Information Technology. The SURF program in Boulder provides opportunities in: Chemical Science and Technology, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Materials Science and Engineering, and Physics.
National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Summer Internship Program (SIP) provides an opportunity to work with some of the leading scientists in the world in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.
National Science Foundation - Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project where students work with the faculty and other researchers.
National Science Foundation Science & Technology Center Summer Internships
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Science & Technology Centers (STCs) are at the forefront of cutting-edge research through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations and/or other public/private entities. The NSF -STC Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on research experience in a cutting-edge field. There are currently 17 STCs nationally. Each Center has a specific research focus and you are encouraged to visit each of the Center’s websites to discover the uniqueness of their research goals and how your skills, experiences and interests align with their work. As an STC Undergraduate Scholar, your summer research experience will last eight to ten weeks. While varied between sites, your award will generally cover cost of transportation to the STC, stipend, room and board, and participation in STC planned events. Although your research will be conducted at one of the STCs, you will be a part of a unique national scientific community consisting of undergraduates, faculty, and graduate students.
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) manages educational programs, including research placements for undergraduates, for many federal agencies. The ORISE website contains an extensive database of research opportunities at agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Homeland Security.
Rare Book School Fellowship Program at the University of Virginia
Thanks to a generous grant made possible by The Jefferson Trust, an initiative of the UVA Alumni Association, Rare Book School (RBS) invites students at the University of Virginia to apply for a fellowship designed to enhance UVA student research employing special collections, including written, printed, and born-digital materials. The RBS-UVA Fellowship Program provides UVA undergraduate and graduate students with scholarships to attend RBS’s celebrated courses on the history of books and printing—classes that are not available through UVA course offerings. The program introduces Fellows and their faculty sponsors to visiting peers and professionals in a dynamic environment that fosters hands-on collaborative research and interdisciplinary learning. The RBS-UVA Program not only provides Fellows with new tools and methods for engaging with primary source materials, it also publishes the scholarship of its participants (via its highly visited website), thereby providing other students with aspirational models of scholarly work and intellectual achievement. Undergraduate and graduate students attend seminars at RBS that directly inform year-long projects (viz., a Distinguished Major’s thesis, a scholarly article, a dissertation chapter, a conference paper, a public exhibit) that they are undertaking. Once accepted to the program, Fellows: • prepare readings for the RBS course to which they have been accepted; • attend an RBS course offered during 2012 (most RBS courses are offered at UVA in June and July). During their year in the program, Fellows and their UVA faculty sponsors will continue to participate in the program through: • visits to RBS and consultation with RBS faculty and staff during the conduct of their research; • the submission of final projects for the Fellows’ interactive module on the RBS website; • the program’s annual forum and awards luncheon; • the completion of a year-end evaluation of the program.
Raven Fellowship - U.Va.
The University of Virginia's Raven Society established the Raven Fellowships in 1984 to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to undertake scholarly, intellectual, and creative projects. The Raven Society endeavors to bring together outstanding students, faculty, administrators, and alumni of the various schools of the University that they may derive the benefits of mutual acquaintance in pursuit of diligent scholarship and intellectual activity beyond the limits of systematic work in the classroom. As such, the Raven Fellowships will be targeted towards innovative research projects that cross disciplines in novel ways. While all applications will be reviewed, special consideration will be given to those projects with a distinctly interdisciplinary focus. The Raven Society will award research fellowships in support of 2012 summer or fall independent research projects. Research may be related to a dissertation or thesis, however, it is strongly encouraged that the projects go above and beyond what is for academic credit. Each fellowship will award up to $2500, and each Fellowship recipient will receive the award at the Raven Society's annual banquet on April 19, 2012. Applications from undergraduate and graduate students will be given equal consideration. You need not be a member of the Raven Society to apply.
Research Experience for Undergraduates at UVA's Blandy Experimental Farm
The Blandy Experimental Farm of the University of Virginia provides 10 undergraduate research fellowships to students interested in ecology and environmental science each summer. Participating students will learn to formulate testable hypotheses about important ecological and evolutionary questions.
Research Experience for Undergraduates at UVA's Mountain Lake Biological Station
UVA's Mountain Lake Biological Station's Research Experience for Undergraduates brings students from around the country together for an exciting ten-week summer program of guided, but independent, original research in field biology. The program supports ten positions each summer. Applicants should have course experience in fields such as ecology, behavior, and evolution.
Small Research and Travel Grants
Each semester, undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences are awarded research and travel grants of varying dollar amounts. In 2011-12, more than 75 students were able to use these grants to conduct research, to present papers at scholarly conferences, or to travel to various research locations.
UVA College Council Research Grants
These grants are intended to help fund the scholarly projects of students of the College of Arts and Sciences. The College Council, the governing body of the College of Arts and Sciences, sponsors these grants in order to promote a spirit of intellectual curiosity within the College, foster relationships between faculty and students, and best meet the needs of College students. Semester Scholarly Endeavor Fund Semester Scholarly Endeavor Fund award amounts are each $500 and are intended to fund scholarly projects that are conducted during the respective semester. Scholarly projects include research in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences as well as creative projects. The Minerva Award The College Council is proud to introduce the Minerva Award. The Roman Goddess Minerva can be found on the seal of the University standing on the lawn in front of the rotunda. Minerva was chose for the seal because she is the goddess of wisdom and the sponsor of the arts and creativity. It is this spirit of pursuing knowledge and creativity that the College Council hopes to promote with the Minerva Award. Three Minerva Awards of $3,000 will be awarded in order to fund larger scholarly projects that will be conducted by College students over the summer. Applications for Minerva Award are due mid-February.
Weingartner Digital Citizenship Challenge
A vibrant democracy needs civic engagement, civil discourse and informed citizens, as well as responsive and transparent government. The Internet can help foster all of these values, but in other ways it can also often undermine them. Our project is looking for creative new ideas to help make the internet, including all forms of social media, a better tool for strengthening democracy. Your own proposal need not be technical in nature, just realistic and forward looking.