Research Scholarships

The scholarships listed under the heading of research pertain to a wide range of academic disciplines and fields. Here you can find scholarship money for investigating and research into fields as disparate as human sexuality, edible fungi and the Russian Empire. If you have something you'd like to research, then take a close look at these research scholarships and you may find things that surprise you. 

There are a few different educational pathways for students interested in research. Research and development management is one such program. Here you'll study how to manage projects, programs and organizations that are involved with basic or applied research. 

Another academic program available at the bachelor's degree level is research methodology. With a research methodology degree program, you'll study the various modes of design for research studies. You'll learn how to measure variables, analyze data and formulate models.

However, you needn't enroll in either of the above mentioned programs if you want to conduct research. Plenty of academic fields feature research as an integral component of the discipline. The biological sciences are a good example of such a field. In subjects such as biotechnology, genetics, molecular biology or entomology, there are a host of opportunities for conducting research. However, keep in mind that in many of these fields conducting high-end research requires a master's or doctoral degree.

Other majors that feature a large amount of research include many of the humanities. Areas such as history, linguistics and comparative literature all rely of research to further the understanding and awareness of their subject matter. These research opportunities are available at both the bachelor's as well as the graduate level.

Other academic fields that rely heavily on research are the social sciences. Subjects such as anthropology, archeology, psychology and sociology use various modes of research to investigate and explore the issues and topics integral to their understanding.

To find out more about the many possibilities involved with research scholarships, just click on the links below.

AAUW International Fellowships

The International Fellowships program awarded its first fellowship in 1917. The program now includes women from around the world, and International Fellowships have been awarded to more than 3,300 women from more than 130 nations. International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported. Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree and must have applied to their proposed institutions of study by the time of the application. Up to five fellowships are renewable for a second year. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. Recipients return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts, and sciences.

The Frances P. Bolton Fellowship

The Frances P. Bolton Fellowship provides post-doctoral support for individuals whose thesis or dissertation either focused on or included parapsychological research.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence, aggression, and dominance in the modern world. In addition to our program of support for postdoctoral research, ten or more dissertation fellowships are awarded each year to individuals who will complete the writing of the dissertation within the award year. These fellowships of $15,000 each are designed to contribute to the support of the doctoral candidate to enable him or her to complete the thesis in a timely manner, and it is only appropriate to apply for support for the final year of Ph.D. work. Applications are evaluated in comparison with each other and not in competition with the postdoctoral research proposals. Applicants may be citizens of any country and studying at colleges or universities in any country. Particular questions that interest the foundation concern violence, aggression, and dominance in relation to social change, the socialization of children, intergroup conflict, interstate warfare, crime, family relationships, and investigations of the control of aggression and violence. Research with no useful relevance to understanding and attempting to cope with problems of human violence and aggression will not be supported, nor will proposals to investigate urgent social problems where the foundation cannot be assured that useful, sound research can be done. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources. Application Procedure Submit FOUR copies of a typewritten application in English to the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, 527 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10022-4304.

Student Research Grants

* Must be enrolled in a degree-granting program Each year The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) awards two grants of $1,000 each to students who are doing sexuality research. The purpose of the research can be a masters thesis or doctoral dissertation, but this is not a requirement. Funds to support these grants are provided by The Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (FSSS), a nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to supporting scientific research related to sexuality. Application: Sexuality Research

Research Internships at Lincoln Park Zoo

Scholarship DescriptionLincoln Park Zoo’s Research Internship program focuses on training young scientists to conduct independent research projects that are relevant to the management and conservation of small captive populations. These internships are funded through generous grants from the Dr. Scholl Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, the Rice Foundation, and in memory of Lincoln Park Zoo’s former Curator of Reptiles, Ed Almandarz. The zoo provides unique opportunities for undergraduates and recent graduates to gain research experience on exotic species in a captive setting.The internship program is based in the Department of Conservation and Science and offers a unique opportunity to conduct research in a variety of areas and gain valuable experience while being a part of the zoo’s team approach to research and management of small populations. Interns have the opportunity to conduct research projects under the guidance of staff scientists in one or more of the following areas:-Demography-Population Genetics-Population Modeling-Animal Behavior-Nutrition-Epidemiology-ConservationInternships are a minimum of three months and a maximum of one year in duration. Three-month internships are usually filled in the summer months by college sophomores, juniors, or recently graduated seniors. Recent college graduates are also eligible for longer internships (maximum of one year).Since its inception the program has trained more than 60 undergraduate and graduate students. Student projects have resulted in published papers, scientific presentations, undergraduate honors theses, master’s theses, or Ph.D. dissertations. All the students have gained important and substantive research experience that is vital to their future success in the biological sciences. The majority of previous interns go on to professional careers in science, including veterinary school, and graduate school in the biological sciences; several have obtained jobs in Lincoln Park Zoo’s Department of Conservation and Science.DETAILSInternship availability varies throughout the year. When internship positions are available, they will be posted here on the zoo’s employment page. If no internship positions are posted but you would like us to keep your information on file for future openings, e-mail a copy of your resume to Be sure to mention the internship area (behavior, population genetics, etc.) and time-frame you are interested in.

Russell E. Siverly Memorial Research Award

Eligibility * Undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a research project in Public Health (or Medical) Entomology Estimated Dollar Value: $500 Additional Information: A research proposal summary must be submitted.

GeoEye Award

Purpose: * To support remote sensing education and stimulate the development of applications of high-resolution digital satellite imagery for applied research by undergraduate or graduate students.Eligibility: * Full time undergraduate or graduate students at an accredited college or university in the USA or Canada with image processing facilities appropriate for conducting the proposed work. * Student member of ASPRSAward: * A grant of data valued at up to $2,000, and a certificate inscribed with the recipient’s name and his/her institution. * This award is presented by the ASPRS Foundation, with funding provided by The GeoEye Foundation.ApplicationIn addition to the application form, two letters of recommendation, and official transcripts, applicants must submit a brief proposal (two pages or less) with the following information: * Title: The title must describe the proposed research. * Objective: Clearly state the purpose(s) of the research and the applications that it might address. * Description of research study area and data needs: Provide a brief description of physical features of the study area. Consider the area to be covered and the amount of digital satellite imagery needed for the study. Include information on the scene identification, coverage date (s), and quality rating. Note: Only GeoEye data from the archive can be acquired under this award. * Applications: Description of the possible applications that might result from this research and indicate possible users. * Analysis procedure(s): Provide a brief description of the analysis approach, indicating why digital satellite imagery is appropriate. * Anticipated results: State the specific results desired in performing this research with the use of the digital satellite imagery. * Budget: Itemize the budget for the grant, specifying GeoEye products (up to $2,000) needed for the research. Note: Only GeoEye products can be requested on your budget. Also identify other support for the research, e.g., computer facilities (provided by the college/university); fieldwork (grant no. “yy” from the ABC Foundation”); manuscript preparation (personal funds); etc. * List all courses, workshops, and other training/experience that demonstrate your capability to conduct proposed research. Obtain approval signature of student faculty adviser.Award Selection * The selection committee from the ASPRS GIS Division and GeoEye will evaluate each application and will apply equal weight to each element outlined above. * The applicant who, in the opinion of the majority of the committee, has the highest overall ranking will be designated the recipient.

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art

The ACLS invites applications for the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art designated for graduate students in any stage of Ph.D. dissertation research or writing. Ten fellowships are available for a non-renewable one-year term. The grants may be carried out in residence at the Fellows home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. The fellowships, however, may not be used to defray tuition costs or be held concurrently with any other major fellowship or grant. This program is made possible by funding from the Henry Luce Foundation.

ADHF/AGA Student Research Fellowship Awards

Candidates may be high school, undergraduate, medical or graduate students (not yet engaged in thesis research) at accredited North American (U.S., Canada or Mexico) institutions. Candidates holding advanced degrees must be enrolled as undergraduate, medical or graduate students, and they many not hold similar salary support awards from other agencies (e.g., American Liver Foundation, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America). Women and minority students are strongly encouraged to apply. This program offers financial support for students to spend time performing research in the areas of digestive diseases or nutrition for a minimum of 10 weeks. The research may take place at any time during the year. The objective is to stimulate interest in research careers in digestive diseases by providing salary support for research projects. This awards is not intended to provide salary for lab technicians.

International Code Council Scholarship

For students performing research on the education of building codes, the effectiveness of building codes or the incentives/impediments for adoption and enforcement of building codes. The International Code Council (ICC) Scholarship is available to master and doctorate degree students performing research in any of the following areas:  The effectiveness of building codes against natural disasters  Education/outreach research focused on building codes  Research into the incentives and impediments for building code adoption/enforcement Award of the scholarship is at the sole discretion of the Scholarship Committee and their decision is final. REQUIREMENTS: 1. Before the start of the proposed period of study (but not necessarily at the time of application), the applicant must possess a bachelor’s degree from a higher education institution which is accredited by the responsible regional or national agency. 2. At the time of acceptance of the scholarship (but not necessarily at the time of application), the applicant must be accepted for graduate study at a college or university. 3. The proposed faculty member who will direct the applicant’s graduate study during the year in which the scholarship is applied for and awarded must complete and return an appraisal of the student’s capabilities as part of the application process. This faculty advisor must take responsibility for guiding the student’s research program and must ensure the student meets the requirements of the scholarship by preparing and presenting a poster at the FLASH Annual Conference during the year the scholarship is awarded. 4. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the entire application package has been received by FLASH prior to the application deadline. The application package must include: a. A fully-completed application form. The applicant must respond to all questions on the application form. Do not attach additional sheets. Responses must be typewritten. b. Unofficial transcripts of undergraduate and graduate records. c. A statement of appraisal and agreement to direct the applicant’s graduate research program from the proposed faculty advisor.

BAE Systems Award

Purpose * The purpose of the award is to reward top quality research and publication by young students (under age 35 as of the application deadline) at master’s or doctoral level and to encourage researchers to use the ASPRS annual conference as a vehicle to publish and present their findings.Eligibility * Eligibility for this award is limited to papers describing civil (non-military) applications of photogrammetry or remote sensing. * The applicant must be a student enrolled in a masters or doctoral program at a recognized institution of higher education chartered to award higher degrees. * The applicant must be the principal author of a paper accepted for publication in the proceedings of the ASPRS annual conference. Such papers may have multiple authors, but only the principal author may apply. * The applicant must be a current student member of ASPRS.Award * The award consists of a certificate and a grant of $2,000, equally divided among the recipients if more than one is selected. This amount can be varied at the request of BAE Systems. * Selected paper(s) will be published in Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing (PE&RS), the official journal of ASPRS. * The award is presented by the ASPRS Foundation with funding provided by BAE Systems.Application * The applicant must submit an abstract for consideration for presentation at the ASPRS annual conference on or before the published deadline of the Call for Papers. * Once the abstract is accepted for presentation, the applicant must submit the full paper for publication in the ASPRS conference proceedings, together with the Application Form for the BAE Systems Award. Both the paper and the application must be submitted on or before the required deadline for receipt of the paper for the conference proceedings, as published in the Instructions to Authors. This is the only award with an alternate deadline for application submittal. * Application consists of the standard Application Form and a signed statement from the applicant’s faculty advisor that the applicant is a student working on the stated degree and that the published paper is primarily the work of the student. Applicants who have made only minor contributions to the work, for example, when it is primarily the work of their professor or research supervisor, are not eligible for the award.References and transcripts are not required.Award Selection * The selection committee will review applications for eligibility and will judge the submitted papers of eligible applicants, taking into account the significance of the research or innovation, the quality of scientific writing and other criteria that the panel may see fit to include. * The selected applicant must agree to personally present the paper at the Annual Conference.

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