Funding

Find Funding Opportunities

There are many ways to receive funding to support your research: through the Office for Undergraduate Research, from other institutions at UNC, and from external sources. OUR sponsors or co-sponsors several fellowship programs that offer funding for students to do mentored research in the summer and/or during the academic year:

SURF: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

SURFs are major awards (at least $3000) to enable undergraduates to engage in research, scholarship or creative performance under the guidance of faculty advisors (and possibly also graduate student mentors) for at least 9 weeks (20 hours/week) during the summer. Applications for the SURFs are considered once a year in the early spring.

Summer Award for Research-Intensive Courses

This award covers in-state tuition for one three-hour research-intensive course at UNC-Chapel Hill. The course must offer one-on-one mentorship. Such courses have a standard course number of *95 (i.e., 395, 495) and are offered in many departments already or can be added for a specific year.

If you are interested in international research or research involving a global audience, check out the funding database and other resources maintained by UNC’s Center for Global Initiatives.

For other sources of summer support, please visit the Carolina Internal Funding Database. Many of the programs listed on our Undergraduate Research Programs at UNC page also offer funding for undergraduate research.