Undergraduate Research Opportunities Beyond Bowdoin

In the sciences

Pathways to Science for Undergrads. The Institute for Broadening Participation’s Pathways to Science for Undergrads site has information on summer research opportunities, baccalaureate support programs for underrepresented minorities, and other resources.

ORISE. Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education’s (ORISE) searchable database for Opportunities for Academic Fellowships and Scholarships, Research Experiences, Sabbaticals, and Internships 

NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. NSF 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. 

Science.gov has a pretty extensive list of internship and fellowship opportunities in science for Undergraduate Students offered primarily through the Dept. of Energy at 

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF)—Gaithersburg or Boulder. for students majoring in science, mathematics and engineering. Note that applications for participation in the SURF program are only accepted from colleges or universities, and not from individual students. Many schools offer SURF programs as well.

NASA’s summer research opportunities. Through the agency’s new Student On-Line Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows and Scholars (SOLAR) System, undergraduate and graduate students in STEM fields can search and apply to a variety of NASA opportunities.

Journal of Young Investigators (JYI). The Science Career Center at Journal of Young Investigators (JYI) has composed an extensive list of research programs, internships, and fellowships for use by undergraduates. 

Of particular interest for minority students: 
Tom Fredrick, a faculty member at Rochester Institute of Technology, has compiled a huge list of programs that are specifically for minority and underrepresented students. Many have a biomedical orientation but a lot are aimed at students majoring generally in the STEM sciences. (Hint: click on the “co-op” link to access the program details.)

The Quality Education for Minorities, QEM Summer Internships in Washington DC. 

In the humanities

Rice University – humanities grants 

Boston University – list of humanities grants and deadlines 

San Francisco State University – humanities grants, scholarships and internships 

H-Net – current announcements about awards and prizes