Undergraduate Research Program

Research funding

Funding to support undergraduate research is available through opportunities managed by the Undergraduate Research Program, other UW programs and organizations beyond campus. The funding may take a variety of forms, such as:

  • Fellowships, scholarships and awards that provide assistance with tuition and fees
  • Direct grants for research materials
  • Other awards that provide assistance for specific activities like travel to a research site or travel to professional conferences

Students interested in learning more about undergraduate research-related funding opportunities are encouraged to meet with a URP adviser.

Additionally, students should access advising, workshops, scholarship database and other resources available through the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards helps University of Washington undergraduates develop the skills and personal insights necessary to pursue scholarships appropriate to their goals. Their office:

  • Provides information and resources to increase student awareness of the scholarship search and application process via workshops, events, online resources and individual advising.
  • Mentors students through an intense process by offering resources, advising and individual feedback which result in competitive applications for local and national scholarships.
  • Collaborates with faculty and staff to identify and support potential student scholars.

URP opportunities

Levinson Emerging Scholars Award

The Levinson Emerging Scholars Awards support talented and highly motivated UW juniors and seniors who want to pursue creative and advanced research in biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, bioinformatics, chemistry, genetics, neuroscience and related fields.

Washington Research Foundation Fellowships

Washington Research Foundation Fellowships (WRFF) are for advanced undergraduates to support promising students who work on creative and sophisticated science and engineering research projects under the guidance of UW faculty. WRFFs target undergraduates who have already participated in undergraduate research for at least three quarters and who are working beyond an introductory level in a project that requires creativity and advanced knowledge.

Conference Travel Awards

Publicly communicating your own research and sharing your ideas with others are important parts of engaging in academic research.

The Undergraduate Research Conference Travel Award:

  • Enables you to extend your research experience by contributing to important discussions of current research at professional conferences
  • Provides funding toward national conference travel expenses and registration fees

Other UW programs

Mary Gates Research Scholarships

Mary Gates Research Scholarships are competitive scholarships intended to enhance the educational experiences of undergraduate students at the University of Washington while they are engaged in research guided by faculty. With these research scholarships, students may focus more attention and time, deepening their inquiry into a discipline or project with a reduced financial burden. Open to students in any research area.

More UW opportunities

A number of discipline-specific funding opportunities are available from UW programs. See individual program pages for eligibility and application requirements.

Beyond UW

There are hundreds of research funding programs around the U.S. and around the world that may be of interest to UW students. We maintain a small, partial list of these programs, but you are encouraged to work with advisers in the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards for help in locating others that may be relevant to you.