Funding for Research Away

Harvard Global Health Institute Summer Undergraduate Fellowship (I-SURF) For students engaged in scholarly research with a faculty mentor at a participating laboratory or research site.

Deadlines: International Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (I-SURF) February 3, 2014; other funding requests TBA.

The Office of Career Services (OCS) awards funding for research abroad, including both Harvard Summer School Study Abroad and non-Harvard International programs.  The David Rockefeller International Experience Grant, which is a need-based grant aimed at students who have not previously received Harvard international funding, supports many of these awards. Award amounts vary. The purpose of the grant is to afford all students the opportunity to take part in a significant international experience, regardless of financial background. See the Office of Careers Summer Funding webpage for more information.

Deadline: February 12, 2014 for non-Harvard programs

Herchel Smith-Harvard Undergraduate Science Research Program – Primarily directed toward students intending to pursue research-intensive concentrations and post-graduate study in the sciences. Undergraduate research either at Harvard or elsewhere, including internationally. Applications from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.

Deadline: February 2014

Weissman International Internship – Research abroad for returning Harvard undergraduates. Average award ~$4000. More information and applications available through OCS.

Deadline: See the Office of Careers Summer Funding webpage

Booth Fund Fellowship - For seniors to engage in a program of travel, study, research or observation that will further expand and challenge an existing interest in a particular field. 

Organization for Tropical Studies - Both semester and summer options available. Summer program in Costa Rica focuses on evolutionary ecology of plants and animals in tropical ecosystems, while that in South Africa concentrates on global health issues in South Africa. Open to all undergraduates who have completed at least one year of college-level biology.

Deadline for Summer Programs: Rolling admissions. Applications available in mid-autumn for the upcoming summer. Early application is strongly encouraged. Applications close March 1, 2014 for summer 2014.

RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) – This summer research program in Germany gives rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to conduct summer research in biology, chemistry, engineering, physics or earth sciences.  Participants receive a stipend and housing assistance. Open to non-U.S. citizens.

Deadline: January 31, 2014

The Pasteur Foundation Undergraduate Summer Internships – Paris, France. Applicants need to have completed three full years (six semesters) of college course work by the time that the internship begins (be a rising senior). Open to U.S. citizens only.

Deadline: December 13, 2013

Amgen Scholars Program for Summer Research - The Amgen Scholars Program is sponsored by grants from the Amgen Corporation. Undergraduates conduct biology-related research in laboratories at 10 major U.S. research universities. Stipend, housing, travel and food allowances depend upon the host university.

Deadline: Early February 2014 for most U.S host universities. The program at the California Institute of Technology has a mid-February deadline.

Cold Spring Harbor Undergraduate Research Program (URP) - June 3 – August 9, 2014 at Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island, New York.  Room, board and a $5000 stipend. Students who are sophomores or juniors at the time of application are eligible.

Deadline: January 15, 2014

NSF REU Program

The National Science Foundation 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. By using the web page, Search, you may examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location. Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants. A contact person and contact information is listed for each site.

Deadlines: Vary according to research site.

NSF REU in Biological and Physical Sciences at Brandeis University - From May 28 to August 1, 2014, Brandeis University will have two NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs: Cell and Molecular Visualization and Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). Participants will receive $5,000 stipends plus allowances for housing costs and meals.

Deadline: February 15, 2014

NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research - Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

Deadline: March 1, 2014.

The Columbia University IGERT on Optical Techniques for Actuation, Sensing, and Imaging of Biological Systems (BioIGERT), a National Science Foundation IGERT program, will support outstanding undergraduates as Summer Research Fellows . This program provides a stipend for each successful candidate and campus housing in which you are expected to reside. Those selected will have an opportunity to participate fully in the interdisciplinary research activities of the BioIGERT faculty across the Departments of Physics, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering, and includes collaborative research with industry including IBM Yorktown Heights.

Deadline: TBA for 2014; the 2013 deadline was February 14.

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