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Research Opportunities

Research Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

There are 40 opportunities available for Fourth Year students.

Amgen Scholars Program in Science and Biotechnology
The Amgen Scholars Program provides approximately 250 selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at some of the nation’s leading educational institutions. Currently, 10 universities host the summer research program. Amgen Scholars will have the opportunity to take part in important university research projects, gain hands-on lab experience and contribute to the advancement of science; interact with and receive guidance from faculty mentors, including some of the nation’s top academic scientists; and attend scientific seminars, workshops and other networking activities. The Program includes a mid-summer, three-day symposium where students will hear firsthand from leading scientists working in industry and academia. The symposium will be held in California, and will provide students a great opportunity to network with other Amgen Scholars from across the nation.
Boren Graduate Fellowship (NSEP)
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships enable U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support students pursuing the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. national security but are less frequently studied by U.S. graduate students (i.e., areas of the world other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand), and who are highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government.
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 2015 will take place in Miami from March 6-8, 2015. 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. 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 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 hard copy 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.
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).
DAAD - Graduate Opportunities
Graduate students in social sciences, hard sciences, or in professional areas such as law, business, and medicine have particular needs for their research and study in Germany. DAAD can help you master the German language, complete a research project in Germany, or expand your education with a stay at a German university.
DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering
RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. It offers unique opportunities for undergraduate students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English.
DAAD Study Scholarship
Study Scholarships are awarded to highly-qualified graduating seniors or recent graduates of all disciplines to provide the opportunity to study in Germany, or complete a Master’s degree course and obtain a degree from a German higher education institution. Applicants are requested to have a well-defined study project that makes a stay in Germany essential. Preference will be given to applicants who have been invited by a faculty member at a German university to study at a particular university department.
DAAD Study Scholarship for Fine Arts, Architecture, Music, Dance
Study Scholarships for Fine Arts, Architecture, Music, Dance are awarded to highly qualified graduate students in these fields to provide the opportunity to study in Germany, or complete a postgraduate degree course and obtain a degree from a German higher education institution. The guidelines on this page are relevant for applicants in artistic fields.
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).
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.
Fulbright Grants
Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. Awards are available in all fields of study.
Fulbright Grants – Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship
The J. William Fulbright-Hillary Rodham Clinton (Fulbright-Clinton) Fellowship is a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project.
Fulbright mtvU
Projects should center around research on an aspect of international musical culture, and should focus on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression or change. Applications will be accepted for any country to which there is an active Fulbright U.S. Student Program for Academic and Arts fields. Projects should center around research on an aspect of international musical culture, and should focus on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression or change. Preference will be given to graduating seniors and recent graduates.
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.
Humanity in Action Fellowship
Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today. Each program is highly interdisciplinary, and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians, and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums, and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice. The objective of the Humanity in Action Fellowship is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to create a forum where potential solutions can be considered and discussed. The programs are also intended to instill a responsibility among Humanity in Action Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world.
Jefferson Public Citizens Program
The Jefferson Public Citizen (JPC) program is a comprehensive academic public service program that integrates students’ academic, service and research experiences throughout their time at the University. It seeks to inspire students to act as engaged citizens through active community partnerships, research service projects, and scholarly reflection. JPC projects require students to address a documented community need or social problem. JPC groups establish a hypothesis, study best practices, collect data, propose solutions, and, when appropriate, implement them. A JPC project is conducted in collaboration with a community partner(s) and can be done locally, nationally, or internationally. JPC students present their project findings in the new student journal Public, published in collaboration with the Virginia Policy Review, and at the annual U.Va. Public Service conference.
Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program
The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) offers undergraduates interested in pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD the opportunity to work for eight to ten weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Alliance institution. Through this one-on-one collaboration, students gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation.
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.
Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology International Summer Internship Program
The Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology, located in Freiburg, Germany, is offering several summer intern fellowships for undergraduates who wish to gain experience in scientific lab work. Students can join the institute for 3 months between May and September. Interested candidates should apply directly to the group leader they would like to work with, providing CV, letter of motivation and contact details of two teachers who can send the recommendation letter upon request. There is no official application deadline, but it is advisable to contact the group leaders latest in February.
NASA Academies
The NASA Academy is an intensive summer project for highly motivated and successful undergraduate and graduate students. The academy's purpose is to bring together the likely future leaders in space activity so that they learn at an early stage how NASA functions and become acquainted with each other personally and professionally. Support is provided by the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Project and a few commercial sponsors. Each year, the academy selects high-achieving students in a variety of academic disciplines from U.S. universities across the country. The NASA Academy is not a 9-5 summer research internship program. It is a rigorous, immersive experience that will challenge the participants and push them outside their comfort zones. It offers interns an intense learning experience that is either space- or aeronautics-based. All academy students will be immersed in a NASA environment where they will experience the agency from both inside and outside perspectives. Added interaction with NASA collaborators in industry and academia will provide exciting and unforgettable summer experiences to engage and capture students within the NASA family. The Academy is not a 9-5 summer research internship program. It is a rigorous, immersive experience that will challenge you. The academy is a space-themed program of high learning about NASA, its projects and collaborations with aerospace industry and academia, with very little down time, but a busy, exciting summer that you will not forget. The Academies have separate focus areas of leadership: Space/Aerospace, Robotics, Aeronautics, Lunar and Planetary Science, and Propulsion.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research. The ranks of NSF Fellows include individuals who have made transformative breakthroughs in science and engineering research and have become leaders in their chosen careers and Nobel laureates. The NSF expects to award 2,000 graduate research fellowships in this cycle.
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 Institutes of Health-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program
The National Institutes of Health-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program is an accelerated, individualized doctoral training program for outstanding science students committed to biomedical research. It enables students to undertake a collaborative project in any area of biomedical investigation involving two mentors--one at the NIH intramural campus in Bethesda, Maryland, and one at either Oxford or Cambridge University. Students pursue either the PhD or the MD/PhD.
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.
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.
Pasteur Foundation
Located in the heart of Paris, the Institut Pasteur is one of the world's leading biomedical research organizations. With 130+ laboratories and 2,500 people on campus, it is a vibrant, international community devoted to basic scientific research primarily in the area of infectious disease. The Pasteur Foundation Summer Internship Program provides four U.S. undergraduates with the rare opportunity to conduct summer research at the Institut Pasteur. The foundation’s goal is to encourage students in the pursuit of a scientific career and to expose them to an international laboratory experience.
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 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. 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.
Stanford Law School Research Fellowship
Assist with the research of Professors John J. Donohue, Daniel Ho, Daniel Kessler, and Alison Morantz at Stanford Law School. Designed for graduating seniors or recent college graduates, fellowships provide a unique opportunity for those considering graduate school, law school, and/or business school in the future. Prior Research Fellows have matriculated to Ph.D. programs at Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and MIT, and law school at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Columbia. They have been drawn from a variety of undergraduate disciplines, including economics, political science, applied math, public policy, statistics, and computer science. Successful applicants will be matched with a specific professor based on background and interests. As full-time Stanford University employees, fellows will receive a competitive salary and benefits package, including full medical and dental insurance, access to campus athletic and academic facilities, paid vacation time, professional development funds, and the capacity to audit Stanford courses and attend on-campus lectures and seminars free of charge. Full-time commitment, starting Spring/Summer 2015. Fellowships last for one year, with an option to renew for a second year by mutual agreement of the professor and the fellow.
Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, is pleased to announce the continuation of the Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program to help provide educational opportunities for future generations of scientists. In addition to investing in the world’s future scientific endeavors, Thermo Fisher Scientific prides itself on our eco-friendly operations and products, along with working with customers, industry, and the scientific community to advance environmental management and science. If you could please pass the following information along to your students, and post it on your website(s), it would be greatly appreciated. On our website, we have posted flier 1 and flier 2 for your use. The Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program for the Fall 2014 semester includes two (2) $10,000 scholarships and four (4) $5,000 scholarships, to be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students with a declared major of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related life-science field. To qualify for the scholarship, students must have a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and be enrolled in an accredited college for university for the Fall 2014 semester. In addition to these qualifications, students must also be legal United States residents, meaning that students possessing appropriate Visa status in order to study in the United States are also eligible.
U.Va. School of Medicine - Summer Research Internship Program
The UVA School of Medicine offers summer research opportunities to qualified undergraduates who are considering a possible career in biomedical research. The program targets, but is not limited to, racially and ethnically diverse students in their sophomore, junior and senior college undergraduate years. Students will be matched with a faculty mentor in one of the basic medical science departments at UVA for a one-on-one laboratory research experience, and will also participate in workshops and seminars during the term.
UROP International
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at RWTH Aachen University fosters research partnerships between qualified undergraduates from top US and Canadian universities and research faculty at our university. The program is specifically designed for students who wish to attain hands-on experience in fundamental research at one of the top universities of science and technology worldwide. The program‘s duration is ten weeks. The first two weeks are dedicated to an intensive German language course and an introduction to research and culture. Weeks 3 to 10 are settled around the research internship in one of the departments of RWTH Aachen University. UROP International offers undergraduate students the unique chance to conduct their own research project, thus actively experiencing what research is like at an early stage of their academic career. While pursuing their projects, students are mentored and supervised by the excellent research staff of the host institute at RWTH Aachen University. Besides obtaining research experience, the students participate in German language training and workshops on intercultural and research-related issues. Leisure activities complete their international experience in Germany. Due to the huge success of the UROP International program, RWTH is doubling the number of research placements available. Now 60 students can take part in the program!
UVA MHIRT (Minority Health & Health Disparities International Research Training)
The Center for Global Health at the University of Virginia will offer the UVa MHIRT Research Training Program: Training Future Leaders to Address Global Rural Health Disparities, with the support of a new Minority Health & Health Disparities International Research Training grant from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, The UVa MHIRT Program will provide outstanding students (6 undergraduate and 2 graduate) with the opportunity to participate in an intensive, international, mentored research experience that extends the analysis of global rural health disparities using an interdisciplinary approach to appreciate more completely the complexity of global rural health and disease. The program offers under-represented minority (URM) students intensive, mentored research training and professional development experience which will help students to become more competitive for admission to graduate training and professional schools, and to develop skills essential for future success in conducting independent research. Selected candidates will work with mentors at International partner sites in Uganda, South Africa and St. Kitts and Nevis. Developing human capacity for the conduct of rigorous research which targets factors contributing to rural health disparities in a rich, multi-disciplinary and inter-professional collaboration will help to meet growing needs in public health. Supported by strong and enduring partnerships at UVa and with collaborating international sites, the MHIRT Program intends to promote multiple opportunities for outstanding under-represented minority students to excel in health science careers and make enduring contributions to the field.