Travel and Funding
The Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR) provides support to undergraduate researchers through a variety of fellowships, scholarships and awards. Please see the Travel and Funding sections below for specific funding opportunities.
Funding to Conduct Undergraduate Research Travel Grant
The Undergraduate Research Travel Grant provides financial support to students who travel for the purposes of conducting research related to an ongoing research or creative activities project. Activities supported by the travel grant include but are not limited to data collection, fieldwork, outside mentor collaboration meetings, research training, and use of equipment not available at USF. Important Note: Travel Grant Applications must be submitted for review 90 days PRIOR to travel. Applications received less than 90 days prior to travel will not be reviewed. Students who seek travel funding to present their research at conferences are NOT eligible to apply for the Undergraduate Research Travel Grant. Students seeking funds for conference presentation should apply through the Student Government Travel Grant Program. Travel Grant Application
Funding to Present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
The OUR supports full travel support for 10-15 students to present their research at the annual NCUR conference. Support is awarded after review of the research abstract. Priority will be given to students who have not previously presented at NCUR and have not presented the research at any other national meeting within the past 12 months. The 2013 NCUR meeting will be held April 11-13 at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. Students may submit abstracts to NCUR between September 10 and December 4. NCUR website and application »
When submitting to the NCUR conference, students MUST include the OUR contact email (email@example.com) so that the office is notified of the submission and acceptance.
All students who submit an application to NCUR must also complete the NCUR OUR Student Registration form »
Funding to Present at a Conference
The OUR does NOT offer funding for conference presentation. However, USF Student Government Association awards funds for student travel to conferences: Student Government Conference Presentation Grant »
Interdisciplinary Research Scholarship
The Interdisciplinary Research Scholarship (IDRS) was established by the Office for Undergraduate Research to support student engagement in interdisciplinary research at USF. The scholarship provides up to $750 to support components/supplies that are required for the interdisciplinary research/creative activity. Funds are typically provided to the project mentor in support of the research/creative activity project. Undergraduate students in all disciplines are eligible to apply for the IDRS.
Scholarship Application Deadlines
* Fall 2013 : Sept. 15, 2013
*Spring 2014: March 15,2014
no awards are made in the summer.
Community Scholars Fellowship Program
In partnership with the OUR, the Community Scholars Fellowship program supports undergraduate students conducting research that benefits, and is carried out in partnership with community organizations, nonprofits, or local government agencies. The program provides a stipend of $1,000 for a student who will carry out at least 150 hours of research over the course of a semester or a summer. The program also provides up to $250 for research related expenses, and a $250 stipend for the community partner, and if applicable, $250 for a faculty “advisor”. OCE website and fellowship application »
Research in Arts Scholarship
The Research in Arts Scholarship provides financial support to students accepted to participate in the School of Art and Art History’s Summer Paris Program. During the fall semester, scholarship recipients create research-based art projects, which are displayed in the OUR office suite for one academic year.