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Funding Opportunities  

Note: The Center for Writing Excellence, located on the second floor of Centennial Hall (2104), can help at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming your project and outlining your structure to organizing your argument and polishing your proposals.

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.

Remember, you can satisfy Liberal Education Outcome Skill 3: Create original work, perform original work, or interpret the work of others through a research project.

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

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 February 2, 2018 (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.)
Funds are not available in spring 2018.
No competition in 2018

Faculty/Student Research Collaboration

February 2, 2018

Diversity Mentoring Program


Kell Container Corporation Scholarship for Faculty/Student Collaborative Research

March 27, 2018

James R. Larson and Vicki Lord Larson Undergraduate Research Fellowship

March 27, 2018

Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates

February 12, 2018

CERCA or Student Research Day

March 9, 2018
(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.

  • 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. More info at

  • 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.
  • The Pine Integrated Network: The 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. More info at

  • University of Central Florida - Preparing Future Researcher: 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.

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.

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.