There are a variety of funding sources for student research and creative activity. Click on the tabs below to learn more about internal and external funding sources.
Funds are available for stipends, suppplies/expenses and travel to selected events.
Student/Faculty Collaborative Grants
The Office of Student Research and Creative Activity (OSRCA) offers three types of student/faculty collaborative grants:
- Undergraduate Small Grants ($550 supplies budget)
- Undergraduate Student/Faculty Collaborative Research program grants ($3000 stipend + $550 supplies budget)
- Graduate Student/Faculty Collaborative Research program grants ($3000 stipend + $500 supplies budget).
Small grants are available on a periodic basis, based on funding availability. Undergraduate and graduate regular grants are available for either the summer term or the academic year.
These grants are designed to support projects that provide students with a meaningful research or creative activity experience. You will assume the principal role for the project, including writing your own proposal, conducting research or working on a creative activity and reporting your results. A faculty member will mentor and you throughout the process, but you are responsible for completing your project.
Support through Your Mentor
Your mentor may have money available from internal sources, such as the STEP program or the Faculty Development Program, or external sources such as federal, state and philanthropic organization grants or collaborative activities with business partners. If you need money for your project or wish to be paid rather than get academic credit for your activities, make sure to ask your mentor if he or she has any money available.
If you are planning on pursuing a Ph.D., consider the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. This federally funded program provides 25 first-generation, low-income or underrepresented UW Oshkosh undergraduates each with $2,500. McNair Scholars are paired with a faculty mentor who assists them in designing, implementing and completing a significant research project. In the summer following their junior year, McNair Scholars participate in an eight-week, research-intensive program that leads to presentation or publication.
Money for Travel to Meetings
Discuss the possibility of presenting your work at a professional meeting with your adviser. Some mentors may have grant funds to pay the costs of your attendance. With your mentor’s assistance, you should also explore the possibility of getting some support from your department or the dean of your college. OSRCA competitively awards funds to travel to: NCUR, Posters on the Hill and the UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. If you wish to attend, you will need to send a copy of your submission to our office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Once submissions are accepted by the meeting organizers, OSRCA will determine which of the accepted submissions are fundable. We also support up to six poster presenters to attend Research in the Rotunda. Faculty must nominate students for this event.
Consider funding opportunities available from organizations outside of UW Oshkosh. You can use our list of external funding sources as a starting point.
External funding requires some kind of application. You can begin by exploring these potential funding sources.
- Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid provide small grants to undergraduate and graduate student researchers in the sciences.
- National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) are a chance for undergraduates to work on a science project over the summer, usually at an institution other than the one they attend.
- CIA Student Work Programs: the undergraduate internship, co-op and graduate studies programs give students a chance to contribute to the work of the nation while earning a competitive income.
- National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program: students from any discipline can receive up to $2,000 in fellowship money for projects on a variety of sustainability practices that work to reduce their school’s carbon footprint. Funds can pay for direct project expenses and/or living expenses. Contact David Barnhill (email@example.com) for assistance with project ideas, help with the application process and more.
- Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Biology & Biotechnology Co-op/Internships: these paid co-op/internship opportunities are open to any student interested in paid, short-term work that relates directly to biology and biotechnology.
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Education and Research Funding Opportunities: undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty can receive research funding and participate in research programs.
- National Council for Science and Environment has created an environmental internship clearinghouse. It enables university students to search for internships in the environmental field and provides a forum for internship providers to tap into a solid community of quality applicants. Also ask your mentor about other opportunities specific to your discipline. It is worth exploring the websites of professional societies associated with your discipline.