Off-Campus Summer Research

Winning a competitive off-campus summer research fellowship or internship is a tremendous resume building option designed to give you unique training for your future career. Many of these 8-10 week long programs provide salary and housing. Successful completion of these opportunities stands-out when applying to medical or graduate schools. Most applications are due in January or February.


Lists of Off-Campus Summer Fellowships

Council Undergraduate Research

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
CUR conducts numerous events each year for faculty and administrators and a conference every other year in June. In addition CUR sponsors Posters on the Hill, an opportunity for students to present poster sessions to the U.S. Congress and the Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Program.

NationalConferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR®)
The main focus of NCUR is to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to present at a national conference (see above). This organization encourages undergraduate research in all disciplines.

Wartburg Undergraduate Research Funding

Undergraduate research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.


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Student Summer Research Fellowship   

Summer Research Fellowships for any combination of student stipend, supplies, or research-associated travel not to exceed $3,500 per student.  Research project must not be for a college course credit. Applications open mid-April and reviewed on a rolling bass until funds are depleted.

Student Research Stipend

Academic Year Research Stipend for up to $1,000 per student.  Student(s) may also apply separately for Student Research Grants (below). Research must not be for college course credit.

Student Travel Grant 

Up to $800 per student for presenting a paper ot poster. Can be used for all travel, lodging, meals, and conference registration.

Student Research Grant  

$350 per student for maximum of $1,050 per project for research projects in a credit course. Projects not related to a credit course may apply for up to $1,050.

Wartburg Student Senate Supplemental Request

Funds for students to attend conferences. 

Faculty Travel Grant 

Funds in this category support mentoring faculty member(s) travel expenses to accompany students presenting research at a meeting or conference. The request may not exceed $700.  This is a separate grant from Faculty Development Funds.

External Undergraduate Grant Opportunities

American Society of Mammalogists.Grants of up to $1,500 to advanced undergraduates to study mammals.  Must be a member of the ASM at the time of application.  Deadline: March 1.

American Society of Plant Biologists.

ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships.  $4,000 stipend for research between second and third years with a ASPB faculty mentor. Deadline: February of each year. 

Beta Beta Beta. Research Grant Award.

Grants of $500 to support research conducted by Tri-Beta student members. Deadline in September of each year. 

Botanical Society of America

BBSA Undergraduate Student Research Awards.  To support research with a research advisor who is a BSA member.  Deadline: March 15. 

Council on Undergraduate Research.  CUR Biology Division Student Travel  Award (up to $250) and Social Sciences Division Student Travel Award (up to $200).  

Iowa Science Foundation (ISF) The ISF is a state-supported grant program administered by the Iowa Academy of Science which awards $40,000 in grants each year in three areas: improving public understanding of science, improving science teaching, direct support for scientific research. Deadline End of January.

National Geographic Society. Young Explorers Grants  (ages 18-25)Grants of $2,000 to $5,000. Deadline:  at least 8 months prior to beginning of project. 

Psi Chi.  Psi Chi/APS Undergraduate Research Grants ($1,500) and Summer Research Grants ($5,000).  Must be a member of Psi Chi and work with an American Psychological Association faculty mentor.  

Raptor Research FoundationStephen R. Tully memorial Grant.  One award of $500 to support student research and conservation of raptors. 

Sigma XiGrants-in-Aid-of-Research. The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research.

Society for Research in Child Development.$3,500 plus $1,500 for faculty mentor to do a research project with a SRCD faculty mentor.