Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Are you preparing to attend graduate school? The OUR is here to support you apply for awards and fellowships. While you don’t need these awards to attend graduate school, they can open the door to more opportunities.

SPRING '23 Undergraduate Student Research Award

Application and Guidelines 
Travel Request Form

Application Submission Deadline: Monday, APRIL 3, 2023 (while funds last) APPLY TODAY!

This award supports up to $800 for STUDENT RESEARCH-RELATED EXPENSES to defray the cost associated with student research projects (including scholarly and creative activities). These funds will allow students to purchase research related expenses such as research books, materials, supplies/materials, poster printing, publication expenses, small equipment, research incentives, travel to field sites/labs, and more. It also supports PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT to defray the cost of conference registration fees and travel expenses in support of dissemination of research findings, experience cutting-edge research, explore various graduate programs across the nation and funding opportunities, engage with other research scholars outside of student’s usual environment and establish significant contacts through networking. Presenters and Non-presenters are eligible!

This award is open to eligible CSUDH undergraduate students across all disciplines and backgrounds. Applications are to be submitted to and will be reviewed on a first come-first served basis, until funds are exhausted. Don't wait, APPLY TODAY! For more information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Research, Tigress Briggs-Wroten at

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2022 Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR)

The 2022 SCCUR Conference will be taking place on Saturday, November 19th at Pepperdine University and the Office of Undergraduate Research will pay the registration fees and transportation for CSUDH student attendees until funds are exhausted!

If you are interested in presenting and/or attending, complete the OUR Application Form by or before Wednesday, October 12th (no exceptions). The sooner the better as funds are limited!

Abstract Submission for Presenters:

Undergraduate students who are interested in presenting your faculty-mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities at SCCUR, please consult with your research mentor and make plans to submit your abstract by Sunday, October 2nd, at 11:59 PM using this on-line abstract submission form. The abstract deadline is soon approaching, so act fast!


 The 2022 Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) will be hosted, in-person, by Pepperdine University in Malibu, California on Saturday, November 19th.  The theme of this year's conference is “Inspiration.”   SCCUR provides a forum for the presentation of the best research, scholarship, and creative activities of undergraduate students in the region, and encourages communication of innovative achievements across disciplines. The conference is broadly multi-disciplinary, including the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and applied sciences. Students present their scholarly work either in 15-minute seminar presentations chaired by faculty moderators, in poster sessions, or in exhibition or performance.   Undergraduate students who wish to present their faculty-mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities at SCCUR are invited to complete this on-line Abstract Submission Form:

Abstracts are reviewed by faculty from appropriate disciplines and accepted, returned for revision, or declined. 

Abstract Submission Opens: Friday, July 1, 2022

Abstract Submission Deadline: Sunday, October 2, 2022, 11:59PM

Registration Opens: Monday, August 1, 2022

Registration Closes: Sunday, November 6, 2022, 11:59PM

We look forward to being inspired by your abstract submissions and hope to see you at SCCUR 2022 in Malibu on November 19, 2022! 

For additional information, please contact Program Chair Dr. Stella Erbes at

The Sally Casanova California Pre-doctoral Scholar Program 

Designed for current juniors, seniors, and Master’s Students in the CSU students “given to current upper-division or graduate students who, in the judgment of the review panel, demonstrate academic excellence while experiencing economic or educational disadvantage, as well as committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.” We encourage CSUDH students planning for a PhD to apply for this program! The internal deadline for your application will be announced in the Fall. To apply, you need to identify a faculty mentor during the Fall and then contact the Campus Coordinator, to discuss your application. More information to come.

Sally Casanova CA Pre-Doctoral Info Sheet     CA Pre-Doc Tips and How to Apply

Current and Previous CSUDH Sally Casanova Awardees

The Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship 

Designed for students in nearly all fields of study who are planning to enroll in a PhD program. The deadline is in December. 

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships Program (NSF GRFP)

For students who are planning to attend grad school next year in STEM (including the social sciences) and STEM Education. The office offers a workshop to help you apply for the GRFP. The deadline is in October, and involves a 3-page personal statement and a 2-page research proposal. 

NSF GRFP Example Applications (personal statements, research proposals and ratings)

The Ray Diversity Fellowship

The Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship focuses on increasing opportunities for people of color to learn about, engage with, and enter the conservation and clean energy NGO sectors. The Fellowship is designed to support and attract recent college graduates of color with exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who seek to be leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.  

California Desert Studies Consortium- Judith A. Presch Student Research Scholarship

The Presch scholarship is available annually to undergraduates and graduate students pursuing research in arid lands. The scholarship is named in memory of Judith A. Presch, human resources specialist at CSU Fullerton, and supporter of the DSC. Applications are reviewed by the Research Award Committee of the Desert Studies Consortium [FLYER]

  • Who: Undergraduates or graduates pursuing desert research.
  • Amount: 1-2 awards of $500. Includes one year of fees waived at the DSC at Zzyzx.
  • Application deadline: December 1, 2021. Awards will be announced in December. 

To apply: Complete an application form by the deadline. Please direct any questions about this scholarship to Dr. Terry McGlynn at


In addition, here are links to Other Funding Opportunities.

Pathways to Science STEM Fellowships

NASEM Fellowships Office