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Summer Research Opportunities

Scholarships Supporting Undergraduate Research

There are many, many opportunities for undergraduate students to get involved with research off-campus!  Below, is just a sampling of lists and opportunities.

Health and STEM

A long list of health-related (i.e., STEM, but also public health) summer research opportunities can be found at this site.


A list of psychology-related opportunities can be found here.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A list of summer research opportunities focused on DEI for a range of disciplines can be found here.

Social Sciences and Humanities

A list of research and internship opportunities for the social sciences and humanities can be found here and here.

Other opportunities (click on the titles to learn more)

National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
Designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center Summer Undergraduate Research Program
An intensive, nine-week internship for undergraduates entering the summer before their final year, semester, or quarter of study. Designed to provide research experience and mentorship for students interested in biomedical research. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, interns will complete an independent research project and present their findings at a competitive poster session. For students in STEM and public health. 

Association for Women in Science Awards:
Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award: $2000 for undergraduate women studying physics, geophysics, or geoscience. Must be a member of the Society of Physics Students, an organization of the American Institute of Physics.

Dr. Vicki L. Schechtman Scholarship: $2000 for first-year through junior undergraduate woman in any of the sciences recognized by the National Science Foundation  

ARIT Summer Fellowships For Intensive Advanced Turkish Language Study
Summer program in intensive advanced Turkish language at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. Offers the equivalent of one full academic year of study in Turkish at the college level. The fellowships cover round-trip airfare to Istanbul, application and tuition fees, and a maintenance stipend. Open to all undergraduates. 

Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute Global Leaders Internship and Fellowship Program
Spend one semester (12-15 weeks) working with Congress and other respected corporations in Washington, D.C., and earn academic credit hours. Fellows work on project-based programs that provide hands-on experience working in public policy. The fellowship provides round-trip airfare, lodging, books and research expenses, a monthly transportation stipend, and a $2,000 living stipend. Open to all undergraduate U.S. citizens with a strong interest in the U.S. Hispanic community.

Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship
The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with “hands-on”/ practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education.

German Studies Research Grant
This specialized DAAD program offers up to ten German Studies Research Grants to highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students who are nominated by their department/program chairs. The grant may be used for short-term research (1-2 months) in either Germany or North America. The program is designed to encourage research and promote the study of cultural, political, historical, economic and social aspects of modern and contemporary German affairs from an inter- and multidisciplinary perspective. 

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships
There are seven types of Japanese government-sponsored scholarships available under the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship program for study in Japan: those for research students, teacher training students, undergraduate university students, Japanese studies students, college of technology students, special training students and Young Leader’s Program (YLP) students. Japanese language requirements apply. Scholarship recipients are recruited and initially screened by a Japanese embassy (or consulate general, depending on the country). 

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students with opportunities to gain hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE). The goal of the MLEF program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in STEM majors, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Selected candidates will train under the mentorship of program officials and scientists on focused research projects. During the 10 weeks, Fellows will receive a stipend and some may be eligible to receive housing and a travel allowance. 

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the NSF. 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 he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Students must contact the individual REU sites for information and application materials. Two deadlines: end of August and May. 

San Diego Zoo Summer Student Fellowships
The Institute for Conservation Research at the San Diego Zoo offers undergraduate summer student fellowships in each research team: Recovery Ecology, Population Sustainability, Community Engagement, Global Partnerships, Conservation Genetics, Plant Conservation, Reproductive Sciences, and Disease Investigations.  The program is only open to currently enrolled undergraduate students continuing their undergraduate or graduate studies the following fall. The current stipend amount is $7,000 for the 12-week program. 

Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program
The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion at the U.S. Department of Defense. Includes full tuition and a stipend of $25K – $38K, and other benefits. Undergraduate applicants must be currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university. 

Study & Internship Program (SIP) in Germany
A joint program of German Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS7) and DAAD, this program offers students a full academic semester of study abroad at one of the UAS7 universities in Germany followed by a one-semester professional internship experience in a company or research institute in Germany. Must be currently enrolled as sophomores or juniors in one of these fields – engineering, science, life sciences, business, management, economics, architecture, art, design, journalism, social work. If selected, you will receive a full tuition waiver for both semesters and are also eligible for a DAAD Scholarship or a UAS7 Travel Scholarship. 

Summer Public Health Scholars Program
The Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP) is a 10-week summer program for undergraduate students and recent graduates to increase interest in and knowledge of public health and biomedical science careers. This is a rigorous program which includes Public Health course work at Columbia University; hands-on field experience and immersion in a diverse, economically disadvantaged urban environment; seminars and lectures with public health leaders; and mentoring by faculty members. Accepted students receive a stipend, housing, travel and meals. The program is designed for undergraduates in their sophomore or junior year and recent baccalaureate degree students. 

UC Berkeley Amgen Scholars Program
The Amgen Scholars Program is a national program at the University of California, Berkeley to increase research opportunities for students committed to pursuing careers in the sciences and biotechnology. This program provides outstanding science undergraduates with research experience and increases participants’ competitiveness as candidates for admission to prestigious graduate and professional institutions. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident AND be enrolled in a college or university in the U.S. or U.S. territory. 

Annual Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program
Microscopy Society of America (MSA) scholarships for undergraduate research are intended to foster the educational and research potential of full-time undergraduate students interested in pursuing microscopy as a career or major research tool. Applications for research involving any area of microscopy are suitable for the program. Nearly all the scholarship recipients have maintained a strong interest in imaging and analytical sciences and have gone on to graduate school, professional school, teaching, or industry positions. 

The Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Program (RBSI)
An annual, intensive five-week program held at Duke University. It is designed to introduce to the world of doctoral study in political science to undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups or, those interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting underrepresented groups or issues of tribal sovereignty and governance. Participants in the RBSI are drawn from a competitive national applicant pool. 

The American Bar Foundation (ABF) Program
ABF is among the world’s leading research institutes for the empirical and interdisciplinary study of law. The ABF accepts applications for Undergraduate Research Fellows to work with ABF faculty as research assistants during the summer. We are particularly impressed by students who demonstrate a strong work ethic and intellectual curiosity and who take initiative with mentors by asking questions and expressing a genuine interest in their research. Preference will be given to candidates from underrepresented backgrounds, including but not limited to first-generation and low-income students and students of color.  

Big Ten Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
This program is a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers by helping to prepare undergraduates for graduate study though intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities. 

The Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)
This program is a fully paid summer internship that provides undergraduates with training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research and prepares them to pursue competitive applications to PhD or MD-PhD programs.