Acquiring funding is part of the research process. Faculty diligently search and compete for limited resources. To help with the process, consider the following suggestions:
- Each undergraduate college receives funding from the Undergraduate Research Office to support student research. Refer to the College Resource page to learn about the application process for your respective college.
- Talk with your faculty mentor for ideas about professional organizations or agencies related to your work. Sometimes these organizations offer scholarships and grants to undergraduate students.
- Be prepared to “cobble” together your funding—you may not find one source to provide all of your funding. However, you might find an office or several smaller grants that might pay for a portion of your expenses. Make sure to prepare a spreadsheet that outlines your anticipated expenses.
Search these websites for additional funding opportunities:
- MSU Library Grant Site focuses primarily on funding opportunities for individuals, such as financial aid or scholarships for students.
- MSUFCU Internship Opportunity Award provides support to undergraduates participating in an unpaid internship.
- ASMSU offers a travel award called "The Research Fund". Contact the Vice President for Student Allocations at email@example.com for more information.
- Some of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Divisions offer student travel grants.
Undergraduate Student Travel Support
NOTE: All non-essential university travel is suspended indefinitely. Requests for student travel support is also suspended. Visit the Travel @ State website for additional guidance.
However, some funding may be available to cover registration fees to the virtual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and Posters on the Hill (POH). If you are selected as a NCUR or POH presenter, please discuss funding options with your mentor and academic college first. We also recommend applying to CUR Division awards. Contact us if you are unable to secure funding for NCUR or POH registration.
Entrepreneurial Undergraduate Research
The Gerstacker Foundation Entrepreneurial Grant Program is an opportunity for undergraduate students from the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines to compete for funding for a research concept with entrepreneurial potential. Students will develop a concept, conduct the research, and present their findings with the goal of getting their concept into use or production. Interested students should contact Paul Jaques, Director of Student and Community Engagement at Spartan Innovations, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 517-884-4548. For more detailed program information visit The Hatch.
Undergraduate Research Education Abroad Program Scholarship
The Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education (APUE) and the Office for Education Abroad provides financial support for undergraduate MSU students to participate in approved accredited study abroad programs that have an undergraduate research component. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher at the time of application and have applied for a research study abroad program.
To be considered, submit your application and essay to the MSU Office for Education Abroad by the following application deadlines:
- Friday, October 16, 2020, for spring 2021
- Monday, March 1, 2021, for summer & fall 2021 and academic year 2021-22 programs
Scholarships of $500 will be awarded to recipients chosen by a scholarship review committee. For spring applicants, winners will notified by Friday, November 13, 2020. Winners will be announced by Friday, April 2, 2021, for summer, fall and academic year programs.
If you have questions about the application process or award, contact Lynn Aguado, MSU Office for Education Abroad, 517-353-8920 or email@example.com.
Pursue undergraduate research and creative scholarship through the Fulbright Program. Study and research in over 160 partner countries. Contact Joy Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. Post-bac opportunities are also available.
Apply for prestigious national and international awards to fund your education and research! All MSU students are eligible to apply. Deadlines and requirements vary. For more information, contact the NIFS Office at email@example.com or call 517-884-7650.
List of MSU undergraduate resources that help address NSF Broader Impacts