A variety of organizations offer funding for undergraduates to participate in research. Other organizations offer funding for graduate research and study. Still others fund study abroad. Some of these are discipline-specific while others are more open to a range of fields. Below are a list of examples, but this is hardly exhaustive. Explore other options by talking to faculty in your major. (Note: those marked with * indicate undergraduate funding opportunities are available.)
The National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates*
Provides fellowships for undergraduates to participate in scientific research at different sites around the country.
The APA Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Grant*
Funds undergraduates, who have little to no laboratory experience, to be research assistants in a real laboratory setting.
The Environmental Protection Agency*
Offers the Greater Research Opportunities Undergraduate Fellowships to juniors and seniors. Fellows will be given the opportunity to research in their field, including the physical, biological health, and social sciences, as well as engineering. This fellowship allows students to work in EPA facilities and laboratories and enhance their undergraduate education and experience.
The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program*
Designed for sophomores who are committed to be future professors who could address the educational consequences of racial and ethnic imbalance in higher education.
The Summer Science Fellowship Program*
Funds undergraduates, allowing them to learn more about a psychology career, by letting them get hands on research experience.
The Amgen Scholars*
Sponsors students to undertake research projects under some of the top faculty in 17 leading institutions in science and biotechnology.
Humanity in Action*
Provides strong fellowships for summer study abroad on topics concerning tolerance for minorities and promotion of democratic values in developing countries.
The Boren Scholarships/Fellowships*
Funds study abroad for undergrads and grads in ‘geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security,’ with ‘national security’ broadly defined. Informational videos can be found here.
William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India
Places young college grads with NGOs working in India to improve citizens’ lives in numerous areas.
Truman Scholarship Foundation*
Funds up to $30,000 for graduate study; selects approximately 60 juniors annually who have the potential to become “change agents” in many walks of life, such as education, government, and public administration. Informational videos can be found here.
Supports a second B.A. or graduate study in a wide array of fields at Oxford University, Oxford, England. Informational videos can be found here.
Supports graduate study in any field available at Cambridge University, England. Informational videos can be found here.
Supports graduate study in a wide array of fields at one of several universities in the UK, including Scotland.
Supports graduate study in a wide array of fields at one of several universities in Ireland.
The James Madison Graduate Fellowships
Supports graduate study for educators intending to teach American history at the secondary level.
The DAAD, or German Academic Exchange Service*
Funds internships, research, and programs of study for undergrads and graduate students at one of over 300 German institutions of higher ed; largest such program in the world; no language requirement but lessons will be taught.
The Goldwater Scholarship*
Supports undergrad study in the junior and senior years for students in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering.
Gilman International Scholarship*
Supports 4 weeks or more of travel abroad for undergrads in any field; must be Pell Grant recipient.
The Woodrow Wilson Fellowship
Funds up to $30,000 for master’s-level study awarded to STEM majors who wish to teach at the secondary level; includes 3 years of mentoring, requires 3 years of teaching in a ‘high-need urban or rural secondary school in the state where the master’s work is done” (Indiana, Ohio, or Michigan, where the 17 participating universities are located). Students who “have demonstrably strong math and science backgrounds, if not a STEM major per se, may also be considered.”
SMART (Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation) Scholarship*
Funds undergrad and graduate study in the sciences, math, and engineering; requires 1 year of research for the Department of Defense for each year of study funded.
Funds summer travel and/or graduate study in up to 80 countries, irrespective of major.
Institute for Public Policy*
Funds minority students from their sophomore year all the way through grad school, preparing them to participate in the global economy.
The Fogarty International Center
Provides funding to perform research and to train researchers in a variety of global health areas. Through these extensive programs, Fogarty and its partners throughout the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are working to build sustainable research capacity in low- and middle-income countries.
Global Health Corps
Works to train the leaders of tomorrow in global health issues; places fellows in specific locations and partner institutions abroad.
Humboldt Foundation Chancellor Fellowships*
Funds a research project undertaken in Germany for professionals in economics (among other areas) who have at least the undergrad degree in hand and some work experience; includes a mandatory 4-month language course.
The Udall Scholarship*
For sophomores and juniors “for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.”
Provides Scholars with learning opportunities with leaders from China and the world through high-level interactions at lectures, an internship program, a mentors network, and intensive deep-dive travel seminars. Informational videos can be found here.
Critical Language Scholarship*
Provides a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students.