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.

Seed Grant Research Program

This program is for medical students and residents who wish to conduct small research projects. The awards to be given will range from $1,500 - $2,500 and will support research in the following areas: * Adolescent Health * Animal Use in Research Education * Arhtritis and Rheumatism * Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Diseases * HIV/AIDS * Meta-endocrine Diseases * Neoplastic Diseases * Psychiatric Diseases Clinical and applied research projects criteria: * Worthy research objective * Scientifically sound project design * Demonstrate need for start-up, interim, or supplemental funding on a time-limited basis * Significantly help young researcher involved in an applied/clinical research project * Not associated with product research and development activities * Pursued in the United States * Funding from other sources not effectively available * Contribute meaningfully to the project * Grant recipients will be expected to submit a report regarding their research findings within 90 days of the project's completion.

Evelyn J. Barclay Fund

This scholarship is given to a doctoral applicant in nursing education or research. The criteria that are given the most consideration when selecting candidates are: • Academic excellence, which is given first priority; and • Potential for contributing to the profession. To qualify for an NEF award, you must be: • A registered nurse; • A member of a professional nursing association; • Enrolled full- or part-time in a doctoral program in nursing or a nursing related field, with a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher; • A U.S. citizen or have declared your official intention of becoming one. NEF scholarships are given for a full academic year and are non-renewable. Completed applications, including all support material must be received in the NEF office no later than February 1. If all materials do not reach us by that date, your entire application will be declared ineligible. There is a small, non-refundable processing fee of $20 for each application. Checks should be made payable to NEF and included with your application. NEF scholarships are competitive. The number of awards and the amount of each depend upon available funds.

UNCF/ Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowships

Awards up to $85,000. At least 10 postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded. Each fellowship provides a maximum of $85,000, which includes a stipend of up to $70,000 and a Research Grant of up to $15,000 to the hosting department. The stipend is intended to provide 12-24 months of fellowship tenure. A maximum of $50,000 of stipend may be received in any 12 month period. The Research Grant is intended to support the research needs of the Fellow. Each UNCF/Merck Postdoctoral Fellow will be mentored by a Merck scientist. Fellows are expected to maintain frequent contact with their Merck mentor. Each Fellow is also required to visit the Merck Research Laboratories to present a progress report to the Merck research staff during the last half of the fellowship tenure. Each Fellow must also submit a two-page summary of their fellowship research to UNCF at the end of their fellowship tenure.

Catastrophic Disease Research Grants

Applicants for grants must conduct research on Alzheimer's and use no more than 5% of funds for administrative purposes.

Full-time Independent Research (with Senior Thesis Option)

This program targets students who wish to conduct a full-time independent research project in field biology. Applicants may be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, graduates of an undergraduate program, or may be early in their graduate career. Students conduct independent research under the supervision of RMBL scientists.

Graduate & Postgraduate Study & Research in Poland

This scholarship supports graduate level research at universities in Poland by American graduate students and university faculty members with funding from the Polish Ministry of Education and the Kosciuszko Foundation. The scholarship provides a Ministry stipend in the amount of 1,350 zloty per month for housing and living expenses. Additional funding of $300 per month of approved study/research is awarded by the Kosciuszko Foundation. Transportation to and from Poland is not included. This scholarship does not include tuition to attend classes at Polish universities. ELIGIBILITY Graduate level students and university faculty members who are US citizens may apply. Polish citizens are not eligible. SELECTION CRITERIA Selection is based on academic excellence, motivation and the need to pursue research in Poland, and a clear and a well-defined research proposal. The host institution must fall under the jurisdiction of the Polish Ministry of Education and Sports.

The Howard B. Burchell, M.D., Ph. D., Heart Scholarship

The Purpose: This scholarship was established as a permanent tribute to the outstanding contributions of Howard B. Burchell, M.D., Ph.D. to cardiovascular research and teaching. This scholarship will enable a medical student to participate in health science research at a Minnesota institution and to explore the field of research as a career. Who Is Eligible: Minnesota Students Only; medical students registered at a teaching institution in the State of Minnesota are eligible for this award. How The Scholar Is Selected: The scholar will be chosen on merit by an American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate Committee of medical and/or scientific professionals. The Scholarship: The successful candidate will receive a stipend of $4500 for a period of full-time research (usually three months duration) with the sponsor. How candidates apply: Candidates must submit the appropriate form and complete all requirements. Applications must be fully completed to receive consideration. Where to apply: For further information and application forms, please visit

The Joan Heller-Diane Bernard Fellowship in Lesbian and Gay Studies

This fellowship supports research by a junior scholar (graduate student, untenured university professor or independent researcher) or senior scholar (tenured university professor or advanced independent scholar) into the impact of lesbians and/or gay men on U.S.society and culture. It is open to researchers both inside and outside the academy and is adjudicated by the Joan Heller- Diane Bernard Fellowship committee in conjunction with CLAGS. The winner may be asked to participate in CLAGSs colloquium series the following academic year to present her/his research project. Scholars conducting research on lesbians are especially encouraged to apply. Award: Two awards each in the amount of $5,000

Biomedical Research Grant

The objective of the Biomedical Research Grant is to provide seed monies to junior investigators researching the mechanisms of lung disease and general lung biology. We invite the best and brightest basic science researchers to submit an application for the grant cycle and join us in our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. ELIGIBILITY Education and Experience At the time of application, an applicant must hold a doctoral degree and have a faculty appointment or equivalent with demonstrated institutional commitment (salary support, research space). Fellows are eligible to apply only if their Department Chair can assure a promotion to faculty status by the start of the award. An applicant must have completed two years of post-doctoral research training by the start of the award. Grantee organizations must be recognized academic or other non-profit research entities. Medical residents, those presently enrolled in a degree program (e.g., graduate students), and established investigators are not eligible to apply. Factors that are considered indicative of established investigatorship include, but are not limited to, academic rank of professor or associate professor, awards of established investigatorship or large grants (e.g., NIH-R01 Awards, Veterans Administration Merit Review Awards), an extensive bibliography, or a national reputation as an investigator in the field of pulmonary disease and critical care medicine. Citizenship At the time of application, candidates must be United States citizens or foreign nationals holding one of the following visa immigration statuses: permanent resident (Green Card), exchange visitor (J-1).

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.

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