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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.

Internal Funding

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 two types of student/faculty collaborative grants:

Small grants are available on a periodic basis, based on funding availability.

Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grants are available for either the summer term or the academic year, with applications typically due in February. 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.

Please contact OSRCA director Professor Stephen Kercher for more information.

Support through Your Mentor

Your mentor may have money available from internal sources, such as the Student Research Assistant 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.

McNair Scholars

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 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 ( Once submissions are accepted by the host institutions, OSRCA will determine which of the accepted submissions are fundable. We also support up to eight poster presenters (two of which are from the Fond du Lac or Fox Cities campuses) to attend Research in the Rotunda. Faculty must nominate students for this event.

External Grants

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

External funding requires some kind of application. You can begin by exploring these potential funding sources.


Office of Student Research and Creative Activity

Dempsey Hall 317
(920) 424-1195