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.

M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship

Deadline June 1st every year. To enable women to return to physics research careers after having had to interrupt those careers. The fellowship consists of a one-year award of up to $45,000 (applicants can apply in a subsequent year for one additional year of support). Allowed expenses include dependent care (limited to 50% of the award), salary, travel, equipment, and tuition and fees. Overhead charges by the institution are not allowed. Eligibility & Selection Criteria Applicants must: Currently be a citizen, legal resident, or resident alien of the United States or Canada. Have completed work toward a PhD. Provide written proof from a U.S. or Canadian institution that the applicant will have institutional affiliation during the tenure of the grant. Institutional affiliation at the time of application is not necessary. In selecting fellowship recipients, the following criteria will be considered: Qualifications of applicant, Status of career before break, Steps the applicant has taken to return to physics research, Relationship of the applicant to the research community, Relationship of project and award to future plans, Scholarly significance of the project, Quality and feasibility of the project design and timeline.

Fellowships/Grants to study in Scandinavia

Awards for Study in Scandinavia The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Awards are made in all fields. Eligibility Applicants must have a well-defined research, study or creative arts project that makes a stay in Scandinavia essential. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education by the start of their project in Scandinavia. Team projects are eligible, but each member must apply as an individual, submitting a separate, fully-documented application. First priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received an ASF award. Only in exceptional cases will a third award be considered. Language Requirements The ASF considers it desirable that all candidates have at least some ability in the language of the host country, even if it is not essential for the execution of the research plan. For projects that require a command of one or more Scandinavian (or other) languages, candidates should defer application until they have the necessary proficiency.

Dr. Vicki L. Schechtman Scholarship

AWIS offers undergraduate women the opportunity to apply for the Dr. Vicki L. Schechtman Scholarship. The Schechtman Scholarship awards $1,000 to an undergraduate woman interested in pursuing a career in scientific studies. Preference is given to applicants who wish to pursue research. Any female student matriculating at a college or university, who meets the qualifications, is eligible to apply. Entering and current freshmen are especially encouraged to apply. Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and hold United States citizenship. Chosen field of study must be recognized by the National Science Foundation. Restrictions are subject to change. This scholarship awards $1,000 to an undergraduate woman interested in pursuing a career in scientific studies. Applicants must be high school seniors or college freshmen, enrolled at a U.S. institution, have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 and studying in the life or physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, computer and information sciences, or psychology. The award can be used for any aspect of education.

Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program

The Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program (WU Scholars) is a program designed to support young people and their efforts to pursue a post-secondary education. Selected scholarship recipients will receive USD $2,500 each to contribute toward tuition or school fees at an accredited post-secondary institution and will be selected based on criteria relating to the program's three pillars: Perseverance, Aspiration, and Community. To be eligible, students must be seeking an undergraduate degree in one of the following categories: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business/entrepreneurship. The application, which requires a letter of recommendation and an academic transcript, opens Wednesday March 8th. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 12 at noon Eastern Standard Time. Please contact with any questions.

International Fellows-in-Training Travel Scholarship

PROGRAM International Fellows-in-Training Travel Scholarships are designed to financially assist research and non-research fellows and residents-in-training in allergy/immunology in attending the AAAAI's Annual Meeting. PROGRAM GOALS This program offers international allergy/immunology fellows-in-training the opportunity to attend the meeting and to: Meet other allergists/immunologists and to learn from others’experiences; Keep abreast of the current research in the field; and Contribute to the scientific development of the field. Present original research at the AAAAI Annual Meeting. GRANT To assure greater equity, financial support reflects variable air travel costs. Based on available estimates, the following maximum grant amounts (USD) have been established by the AAAAI Grant Review Committee: Mexico recipients - $900.00 Europe recipients - $1400.00 East Asia recipients - $1900.00 Australia/New Zealand recipients - $2200.00 Africa/South Asia recipients - $2100.00 South America recipients - $1800.00 Middle East recipients - $1800.00 Please note grant amounts are for actual expenses incurred and receipts must be submitted within one month after the meeting. This grant will reimburse travel, hotel, and meal expenses only. Rental car, registration fees, and abstract fees are not eligible for reimbursement. ELIGIBILITY Grants are awarded to postdoctoral applicants in training in allergy/immunology who are within 7 years at the time of application of their latest doctoral degree and who are outside the U.S. and Canada; Residents of the U.S. and Canada should apply for a domestic travel grant. The applicant is an International FIT Member of the AAAAI or has a completed membership application on file at the time of the submission of their International Fellows-in-Training Scholarship application. Information about International FIT membership is available at No more than 2 scholarships will be provided to the same medical center Priority will be given to applicants who have not received a scholarship in the past. SELECTION Applicant must be listed as an author for an abstract accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting. Grant selection is made by an ad hoc committee consisting of regional representatives from the AAAAI. Grants are based first and foremost on merit. The quality of the candidate’s credentials, training, research and environment are major factors in the selection. The applicant’s future in the field of allergy/immunology will also be considered. Due to the limited availability of funds and interest in honoring geographic diversity, some applicants may not be accepted for funding. All applicants will be notified of the review results in late December. INSTRUCTIONS Applications are submitted online and should include a complete curriculum vitae, a summary of clinical/laboratory research and a copy of the submitted abstract. Applicants must provide the name and email address of a supervisor or program director. If the supervisor or program director is not an AAAAI Fellow, then the application must also include the name and email address of an AAAAI Fellow. Incomplete applications will be considered ineligible. Please check the website for any changes in deadline application.

Field Museum Graduate Student Fellowships

A limited number of Field Museum fellowships are available for graduate students engaged in dissertation research associated with the Museum. These fellowships provide stipend support. Candidates will be expected to have formal involvement with the Museum; a Field Museum curator must serve as member or chair on the student's academic committee, and the research should rely heavily upon the collections and facilities of the Museum. Students must be in residence in the Chicago area and are expected to spend a significant portion of their research time at the Museum for the duration of the fellowship. Eligible graduate students must have completed the preliminary examination. The period of appointment is one year and starts on September 1st. Applicants must contact the sponsoring curator well in advance of the application deadline. Applicants who have been awarded a Field Museum fellowship by the scholarship committee previously are not eligible to apply for a second fellowship. Applications require descriptions of The proposed research (1-2 pages, double-spaced), including its purpose and significance and the relevance of Field Museum’s collections to the project Collaboration(s) with Field Museum curators, if any Procedures and methods used in the project

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.

Faculty Research Fellowships

This program is open to faculty members at an accredited college or university. Institutional affiliation and citizenship restrictions may apply for some awards or facilities. Fellowships are awarded on the basis of: - the applicant's research qualifications and interests and their compatibility with the needs and resources of the facility - the applicant's career goals and commitment to science or engineering reserach - the projected benefit of the experience to the applicant, the applicant's home institution and the host facility Collaborations that include graduate and/or undergraduate students are encouraged. The fellowship term may be flexible to meet the needs of the research project, the facility and the applicant. Generally, awards are during summer or authorized sabbatical leaves. Renewals are competitive and require reapplication annually. Budge requests may include a stipend up to the faculty member's certified college/university salary and travel expenses to and from the facility with a modest relocation or housing allowance. A full stipend may be provided only when the fellow is not otherwise supported.

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.

Catastrophic Disease Research Scholarships

Applicants for scholarships must be engaged in active research towards the cure of Alzheimer's and working on a graduate degree.

Catastrophic Disease Research Grants

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

Visiting Scholarships

Providing opportunities for scientists who wish to use the Field Museum's collections, funds are earmarked for travel and for subsistence while visitors are conducting their research. Applications must be endorsed by a Field Museum curator. Please identify a scientist from the list of curators who is responsible for the collection you wish to study. Please contact him or her beforehand to communicate your background, goals and objectives. Applications require statements regarding: a) purpose and significance of the proposed research, b) relevance of field Museum’s collections to the project, c) collaboration(s) with Field Museum curators, if any, d) procedures and methods used in the project.A current full Curriculum Vitae (In English), including a list of references (other than a Field Museum curator), must be uploaded with the application (pdf or doc formats only). You may also submit an additional file of supplemental material (figures, tables, or letters) that you might want considered with your application.Finally, one of your references must send a letter to the committee before the application deadline. Letters should be addressed to the Chair of the Scholarship committee, or sent via e-mail to, with the name of the applicant in the subject lineApplications are considered once a year. The deadline is November 1st. Proposals reviewed by the November 1st panel can be funded no sooner than the first week of the following January.Young professionals and graduate students can be funded for periods of a few days to several weeks from the Thomas J. Dee, the Karl P. Schmidt, and the Visiting Scholar funds. Awards are typically less than $1,500 per scholar, owing to the limited availability of these funds. However, requests up to $2500 may be submitted by overseas scholars with expensive airfares.Short or extended-term visits by distinguished national and international scientists can be funded for periods of several weeks up to one year through the Robert O. Bass Visiting Scientist Fund.

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