Can I Be Paid?
To secure funding for your research or applied learning experience, you may:
- Search for a paid position within opportunities;
- Apply to a program that offers participants a stipend; or
- Secure your own funding. To secure your own funding, explore the on- and off-campus funding sources below.
- Undergraduate Research Scholarships Administered by AEP: Chancellor's Research, Biological Sciences Eureka!, David Marc Belkin Memorial, David Jay Gambee Memorial, Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women's Health, Julia Brown, Ledell Family Endowed, Robert C. Dynes and Ann Parode Dynes
- Warren College Research Scholarships
- Muir College Research Scholarships
- Associated Students Grants
- Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies Research Travel Grants
- Social Innovation Fund: partnership between UCSD's Office of Research Affairs, Office of Student Life, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Council of Provosts to support student-driven ideas that address specific challenges in the local or national community and abroad. Eligible for funding up to $3,500.
See the FAQs to learn about funding sources to attend conferences and competitions.
- American Society for Microbiology: This organization offers fellowships for undergraduate researchers.
- Explorers Club: Applicants propose a field project under the supervision of a research supervisor.
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute: The Janelia Undergraduate Research Program engages science, engineering and math students in the Institute's research fields.
- National Science Foundation: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs fund research projects to include undergraduate participation. Talk to your research advisor about applying for an REU supplement.
- Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society: The Grant-in-Aid of Research Program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering.
- Smithsonian Institute: The Institute offers various internships and fellowships.
- The National Institute of Health: The Summer Internship Program (SIP) provides undergraduates with biomedical research opportunities.
- The Leadership Alliance: Summer Research - Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) encourages undergraduates in the sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities to pursue research careers.
- UNCF/MERK Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship: This is for African American undergraduates who wish to pursue research in science and engineering.