Fund Your Creative Activity or Research

Fund Your Creative Activity or Research

There are many potential sources of financial support for undergraduate students conducting research and involved in creative activities. Some opportunities are university-based and others are offered by external agencies. 

Undergraduate Conference Presentation Fund (UCPF)

The External Scholarships and Undergraduate Research Center offers the Undergraduate Conference Presentation support to help undergraduate students subsidize the cost of participating in professional meetings or conferences. This support could help  alleviate registration costs (both virtual and in-person), travel expenses, lodging, and food. 

Undergraduate Research Award

The Undergraduate Research Award is a competitive award designed to support the expenses for students' independent research or creative work. To qualify, your project must be supervised by a Binghamton University faculty member. Additionally, you must be enrolled in independent study, capstone, or honors thesis or similar research or creative activity course during the semester you apply. The project can extend beyond the initial semester. Funding is competitive and award amounts vary. The maximum award is $1,000, and we anticipate 5-10 awardees each grant cycle (fall, spring). Undergraduates from all Binghamton University schools and colleges are eligible. Faculty may endorse ONLY 1 student per semester.

Summer Scholars and Artists Program

The Summer Scholars and Artists Program allows undergraduates to engage in research, scholarship or creative activities during the summer. The program supports the student's original research or creative project through a stipend, enabling recipients to engage in primary research or creative activities with guidance from faculty mentors. Proposals from students in all academic disciplines, departments and colleges are welcome.

  • Supports undergraduate students in at least eight weeks of full-time scholarly activity
  • Consists of a $3,500 student award and a $1,000 faculty award
  • Provides free on-campus housing for eight weeks

Scholarships and Other Award Resources Database

Scholarships and Other Award Resources is a searchable online database of funding opportunities for current students at all levels as well as recent graduates. Opportunities include scholarships, fellowships, funding for study/research abroad, internships, essay contests, etc.

Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

The External Scholarships and Undergraduate Research Center does not provide graduate funding opportunities. However, this guide to graduate funding is regularly updated by John Hopkins University and has information about a wide range of opportunities.