Student Funding Sources

INTERNAL STUDENT FUNDING SOURCES

College of Arts and Sciences funds—WMU’s College of Arts and Sciences maintains a list of awards, scholarships and financial aid available to its students whose majors are in humanities, social sciences and sciences.

Wesustain Internship Program—WMU offers a semester-long, paid, discovery-driven opportunity for students to gain practical experience with on- and off-campus sustainability projects.  

Undergraduate Research Excellence Award—The Office of the Vice President for Research provides undergraduate students at WMU with opportunities to take part in mentored research or creative activities with an externally funded faculty member.

Previous winners

View WMU’s Undergraduate Research Excellence Awardees.

 

External student funding sources

External support for Western Michigan University student researchers is available from a number of agencies providing grants. Below is a sampling of those and other external funding resources. Once a funding source has been identified, the Office of the Vice President for Research can help with proposal development. Contact a research program officer for assistance.

Recommended external database searches

Grants.gov—A source for all federal grants.

GrantSearch—Maintained by the Grants Resource Center, GrantSearch contains more than 1,500 funding opportunities that support academic activities such as research, education, training, fellowships, program or curriculum development, and equipment acquisition. Contact a research program officer for information on accessing this database.

Pathways to Science—Maintains a database of undergrad and graduate opportunities.

University of California Los Angeles—Maintains a helpful database of graduate and postdoc funding sources, fellowships and internships.

Zintellect—A listings of internships, experiential learning opportunities, academic fellowships and scholarships funded by government and private-sector organizations. These programs are administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

External student funding opportunities

National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32)—National Institute of Health Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Rolling application dates of April 8, Aug. 8, Dec. 8 annually.

Behavioral Interventions Scholars—U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. To support dissertation research by advanced graduate students who are using approaches grounded in behavioral economics. OVPR added in April.
Application deadline:  letter of intent due May 2, full application due June 1.

DEBUT—Venturewell for innovative solutions to unmet health and clinical problems. OVPR added in March. Application deadline:  May 31

Early American Studies:  
Research Grants—Early American Industries Association. Supports graduate student projects relating to the preservation and presentation of early-American historic trades. Application deadline:  March 15 annually.
Dissertation Fellowships—The Library Company of Philadelphia. Application deadline:  March 1 annually.

Educational Funding and Awards—AAUW-The American Association of University Women. Various rolling deadlines for multiple programs.

e-team program—Venturewell. OVPR added in March. Application deadline:  May 2, also rolling deadlines in May, Feb., Oct. annually.

Fellowships, Research and Program Grants—American Psychological Foundation. Search for student and graduate opportunities. Various application deadlines.

Gerald R. Ford Scholar Award—for dissertation research. Application deadline March 31 annually. Also research travel grants application deadline March 15 and Sept. 15 annually.

Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation Program (R36)—Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Michigan Space Grant Consortium—Offers research and public service fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students at affiliate institutions in aerospace, space science, mathematics, and other science- or engineering-related fields as well as to students working on educational research topics in mathematics, science or technology.

National Science Foundation for Graduate Students—Specific graduate student opportunities.

National Science Foundation for Undergraduate Students—The Research Experiences for Undergraduates program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation.

The National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine—The academies offer several fellowships in science, engineering and medicine.

The National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine The academies offer several research associate programs in science, engineering and medicine for graduate and postoctoral students.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Senior Fellowship (F33)—National Institutes of Health. Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32). Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F31). Rolling application dates of April 8, Aug. 8, Dec. 8 annually.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship–SURF, sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, offers a listing of summer opportunities.

Undergraduate STEM Opportunities—A gateway to government science information provided by U.S. Government science agencies, including research and development results. 

U.S. Department of Energy—Graduate Student Research Program offered by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.