Funding for Unpaid Positions
Funding for research apprenticeships is competitive.
However, if you come across an opportunity that has no funding connected to it, consider these options:
- Each department has an “undergraduate director” who oversees academic programming for undergraduate majors. Identify this person in your department and inquire about funding opportunities. Sometimes there is money and sometimes there isn’t. It never hurts to ask.
- The Undergraduate Student Stipend and Research Cost Awards for Faculty-Student Collaboration provided by UC’s University Research Council awards six to eight students up to $4,500 each to engage in faculty-supervised research during the summer. The application deadline is December 31 and requires faculty approval. As such, this award is most appropriate for students who have been working on a project in the fall and intend to continue work in the spring and summer. Open to all majors.
- Science majors in Arts & Sciences that pay an “A&S STEM fee”: Many departments use a portion of the funds generated by this fee to provide research stipends to students. Check with your major department to learn more about the application process for research funding.
- Arts & Humanities majors: The Taft Research Center awards up to $2,000 to support research activity to a limited number of undergraduate students.