Research Funding Opportunities

For Students

Besides the College’s ASSURE program, students may wish to pursue the following research funding opportunities:

Internal Funding Opportunities

Asian Studies Research Competition

The 2022 Asian Studies Research Awards, along with a small scholarship, will be given to UA undergraduates for selected submissions in two categories, essays and research papers. Essays are generally under 10 pages and can take various forms (book review, response paper, reflective essay, etc.). Research papers are generally longer than 10 pages and involve individual engagement with multiple sources to construct an original argument. These can be seminar term papers, independent study research papers, honors theses, creative projects, etc. A faculty committee will select an awardee in each category from submissions received. All submissions must have a substantial engagement with an aspect of Asia.

UA Away Scholarships

UA Away scholarships provide financial support for students who wish to participate in unique learning opportunities away from the UA campus. UA Away supports three distinct opportunities:

  • Study Away: Students travel to another country, city, or university to study in their academic fields. The Study Abroad Program and National Student Exchange offer these opportunities.
  • Serve Away: Students volunteer for service projects, often related to their fields of study or career goals, which expose them to issues related to poverty, hunger, and lack of educational resources, and expose them to new cultures and regions. Opportunities for service are available through the Center for Service and Leadership.
  • Work Away: Students receive first-hand work experience, related to academic and career goals, that increases their marketability to future employers.

External Funding Opportunities

National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences 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 he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBC) Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBC) Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship is for full-time African-American or Black students pursuing a degree in visual arts including, but not limited to, architecture, ceramics, drawing, fashion, graphic design, illustration, interior design, painting, photography, sketching, video production and other decorative arts.

Psi Chi (National Honor Society in Psychology) Undergraduate Research Grants

By providing funds for undergraduate Psi Chi student members who will serve as first author and project director, the Undergraduate Research Grants help to defray direct costs (barring stipends, salary, tuition, research assistants, etc.) of the student’s original, empirical, research project as well as introduce students to the process of applying and managing research grants. The Undergraduate Research Grants provides funds for well-rounded applications which demonstrate competence of and commitment to psychology’s best research practices.

For Faculty

NIH Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25)

Internal Submission Deadline: 2:00 PM, Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Funding Organization’s Deadline: Applications are due September 26, 2022
Limited Submission: Only one application per institution is allowed.
Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The overarching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, to pursue further studies or careers in research.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on

  • Research Experiences
  • Mentoring Activities
  • Curriculum or Methods Development