Funding Opportunities

Below are some funding opportunities for undergraduate students. A more comprehensive list can be found using the Student Awards and Research Opportunities searchable database. 

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  • CAMINO - Center to Advance Mentored, Inquiry-Based Opportunites in Ecology and Evolution

    The CAMINO provides inclusive research opportunities, funding and professional community to students exploring careers in field science and environmental conservation.
  • Deans', Chancellor's, and Steck Awards

    Deans' Awards are granted to 50 undergraduate projects, 10 from each of the academic divisions. Submissions are an outstanding senior thesis or project completed during the current academic year. Each winning project will receive a $100 cash award, and is considered for a Chancellor’s Award. Chancellor's Award winning projects receive a $500 cash award, and are considered for the Steck Award.
  • Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

    For sophomores and juniors in fields including, but not limited to: oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or teacher education that support NOAA's programs and mission. Program provides up to $9,500 per year for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($700/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, up to $9,500 for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2021.
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships

    The UC Santa Cruz Financial Aid and Scholarship Office strives to deliver high quality service to students and their families. They are committed to minimizing financial barriers to support students in achieving their educational goals.
  • Friends of Seymour Marine Discovery Center Student Research and Education Award

    These awards encourage research and education projects in the marine sciences. For student research in marine sciences, all geographic areas of study are considered.
  • Future Leaders in Coastal Science Award

    The Future Leaders in Coastal Science Award is provided through generous donor support through the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences. This program supports graduate and undergraduate student research on the coastal zone (both land and sea), including studies of natural and human-impacted systems. Supervised by a faculty member or researcher, each team will be led by a graduate student who will mentor two undergraduate students working on the project.
  • Gordon Smith Undergraduate Fellowship in Marine Science

    The purpose of the Gordon Smith Undergraduate Fellowship in Marine Science is to celebrate and realize Gordon Smith and his family’s passion for undergraduate studies in marine science by encouraging and supporting undergraduate scholarship in marine science. This fellowship is awarded annually to undergraduate students studying marine science. Recipients must be in good academic standing in their department. Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate financial need. Applications for 2021-2022 are not yet open.
  • Gunderson Family Student Research in Coastal Sustainability Award

    The Gunderson Family Student Research in Coastal Sustainability Fund supports undergraduate students engaging in coastal sustainability research during summer at UC Santa Cruz. To apply you must have a UC Santa Cruz faculty sponsor, and that sponsor must complete an online recommendation for your project.
  • Kathryn D. Sullivan Award in Earth & Marine Sciences

    The Kathryn D. Sullivan Scholarship Award in Earth & Marine Sciences is designed to encourage undergraduate student research for those pursuing degrees in disciplines related to earth and marine sciences from a variety of perspectives. This program supports a summer research project by an undergraduate mentored by a graduate student conducting a summer research project in earth and planetary sciences, microbiology and environmental toxicology, ecology and evolutionary biology, chemistry, or related disciplines.
  • Keeley Coastal Scholars Award

    The Keeley Coastal Scholars Award provides underrepresented undergraduate students at UC Santa Cruz the financial support they need to engage in summer research and policy work related to coastal sustainability. Students can be doing work in any area of terrestrial, aquatic, or marine systems along the coast.

    This award is open to students in both the Social Sciences and Physical & Biological Sciences. Scholarships range from $1000 to $4000 per student with an associated $1000 in support of the sponsoring faculty member. These funds can be used by students for any expenses incurred during the summer months.

    Undergraduate majors are invited to apply by submitting an online application, a project budget, and an unofficial copy of their transcripts. The completed application must be submitted by midnight on February 19, 2021.

  • Koret Scholars Program

    Applications are currently closed. The Koret Scholars Program provides funding for a variety of undergraduate research projects and experiences. The program supports scholarships for undergraduate research projects with faculty and graduate student mentors.
  • Norris Center Student Award

    Each academic quarter, the Norris Center funds a select number of undergraduate student projects. Any undergraduate conducting a project relating to natural history can apply for an award of up to $1,000.
  • Pathways to Science

    Education and career training opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) searchable database of scholarships.
  • Physical and Biological Sciences Division

    There are many options to help fund your undergraduate research, including external funding,  UC funding, and departmental and college grants.
  • UC Santa Cruz Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

    The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at UCSC exposes early-career college students to the field of environmental conservation through field research, leadership and professional training.
  • Undergraduate Research in Science & Technology Award

    The Undergraduate Research in Science & Technology Endowment, funded by generous donors and alumni, supports excellence in undergraduate research in fields related to science and technology for students from any major at UC Santa Cruz. To apply you must have a UC Santa Cruz faculty sponsor, and that sponsor must complete an online recommendation for your project.