Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Are you preparing to attend graduate school? The OUR is here to support you with applying for awards and fellowships. While you don’t need these awards to attend graduate school, they can open the door to more opportunities.

SPRING '24 Undergraduate Student Research Award

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OUR Spring '24 Undergraduate Research Award Flyer

Apply Here → Application and Guidelines [Award closed. We're no longer accepting applications at this time]

Travel Request Form

Travel Claim Worksheet

Student Liability Travel Waiver

Application Submission Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2024 (funds exhausted as of 3/13/24)

This award is open to eligible CSUDH undergraduate students across all disciplines and backgrounds (including scholarly and creative activities). It supports up to $600 for STUDENT RESEARCH-RELATED EXPENSES to defray the cost associated with your research projects. These funds will allow you to purchase research-related expenses such as research books, supplies/materials, poster printing, small equipment, travel to field sites/labs, and more. It also supports PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT to defray the cost of conference registration fees and travel expenses in support of dissemination of research findings, cutting-edge research experience, and exploration of various graduate program opportunities and funding across the nation. Engage with other research scholars outside of your usual environment and establish significant contacts through networking. Presenters and Non-presenters are eligible!

Applications are to be uploaded to OUR Dropbox Submission Folder and will be reviewed on a first come-first served basis until funds are exhausted. Don't wait until the deadline, APPLY TODAY! Review the application and guidelines attached for details. For additional information or questions, contact the Office of Undergraduate Research, at  |   (310) 243-3392.

Undergraduate GRE Prep Award

Application Deadline: Thursday, February 29, 2024 → APPLY HERE! [closed]

We are excited to announce a fantastic opportunity for you to enhance your graduate school application by improving your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores. The Office of Undergraduate Research is pleased to introduce the NEW GRE Prep Award, designed to assist you in preparing for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), a vital component of many graduate school applications. 
GRE Prep Award Flyer

Importance of GRE Prep: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) can significantly influence your acceptance into your desired graduate program. While some programs no longer require the GRE, it's crucial to remember that this isn't the case for all programs. We strongly advise against selecting a graduate program solely because it doesn't demand the GRE. Instead, choose a program that aligns with your academic interests and educational plan. If that means taking the GRE, then embrace the challenge and don't limit your potential.
About the Magoosh GRE Prep: The OUR GRE Prep Award provides you with access to Magoosh Prep for the GRE®, a powerful online tool designed to enhance your proficiency in writing, analytical, quantitative, reading, and verbal skills. Magoosh offers comprehensive content, essential strategies, and a wealth of practice questions to help you master the GRE material. 
Key features of Magoosh Prep for the GRE®: 
  • Accessibility: Study at your own pace with self-study prep or on-demand classes. 
  • Effective: Magoosh Prep for the GRE® Test is the only US test prep company that includes official GRE® materials 
  • Convenience: Accessible anytime, anywhere using mobile apps or desktops. 
  • Support: Email assistance is readily available to assist you on your GRE journey. 
Don't miss out on this opportunity to boost your GRE scores and increase your chances of getting into your dream graduate program.The GRE Prep Award will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and funds are limited. To apply, please visit the application and submit your application by February 29, 2024We strongly encourage you to apply BEFORE the deadline! If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at We encourage you to take advantage of this valuable resource and continue your journey toward academic excellence. Your future awaits, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

OUR SCCUR Conference Award 

2023 SCCUR Logo

The 2023 Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) will be hosted in-person by California State University, Fullerton on Saturday, November 18th and the Office of Undergraduate Research is offering conference awards that will cover the registration fee, transportation, and poster printing for CSUDH student attendees/presenters (until funds are exhausted). To apply for funding, complete the OUR SCCUR Award Application Form by or before Tuesday, October 10th (no exceptions). The sooner the better as funds are limited!


SCCUR provides a forum for the presentation of the best research, scholarship, and creative activities of undergraduate students in the region, and encourages communication of innovative achievements across disciplines. The conference is broadly multi-disciplinary, including the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and applied sciences. Students present their scholarly work either in 15-minute seminar presentations chaired by faculty moderators, in poster sessions, or in exhibition or performance.

Conference Abstract Submission

Undergraduate students who wish to present their faculty-mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities at SCCUR must complete the on-line abstract submission form. Abstracts are reviewed by faculty from appropriate disciplines and accepted, returned for revision, or declined.

Students, before submitting your abstract for SCCUR 2023, it is important to consult with your faculty mentor. All accepted abstracts will be published on the conference program and website.

Click here to submit your abstract [Closed]

Abstract Early Review Deadline: Monday, September 25, 2023, 11:59 pm

Abstract Final Deadline: Monday, October, 9, 2023, 11:59 pm

Conference Registration

The OUR will pay the student awardee's registration fees ($85) in advance. However, before committing, students must be sure they are able to attend as the registration fee is nonrefundable.


A shuttle bus will be provided to transport students to and from CSUF. The shuttle bus will depart from CSUDH on at 8:00am and return to CSUDH by 5:30 PM. Students are also welcomed to drive at their own expense.

Poster Printing

The OUR will provide free poster printing for all CSUDH presenters funded under this award. Poster files (PPT and PDF) must be submitted to by or before Monday, November 13, 2023. Be sure to work with your faculty mentor for guidance and final approval to ensure your poster is ready for printing by the deadline.



For more information regarding the SCCUR award please contact the OUR at or call (310) 243-3392. For general information about the SCCUR conference, please contact the organizing team at or visit the conference website.

The Sally Casanova California Pre-doctoral Scholar Program 

Designed for current juniors, seniors, and Master’s Students in the CSU students “given to current upper-division or graduate students who, in the judgment of the review panel, demonstrate academic excellence while experiencing economic or educational disadvantage, as well as committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.” We encourage CSUDH students planning for a PhD to apply for this program! The internal deadline for your application will be announced in the Fall. To apply, you need to identify a faculty mentor during the Fall and then contact the Campus Coordinator, to discuss your application. More information to come.

Sally Casanova CA Pre-Doctoral Info Sheet     CA Pre-Doc Tips and How to Apply

Current and Previous CSUDH Sally Casanova Awardees

The Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship 

Designed for students in nearly all fields of study who are planning to enroll in a PhD program. The deadline is in December. 

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships Program (NSF GRFP)

For students who are planning to attend grad school next year in STEM (including the social sciences) and STEM Education. The office offers a workshop to help you apply for the GRFP. The deadline is in October, and involves a 3-page personal statement and a 2-page research proposal. 

NSF GRFP Example Applications (personal statements, research proposals and ratings)

NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP)

UGSP Flyer

UGSP is eagerly anticipating the upcoming application cycle for the NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) and would like to share some key details with you.

NIH UGSP Scholarship Overview: 

  • A dedicated program for students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research.
  • Scholarships of up to $20,000 per academic year to cover tuition, educational expenses, and reasonable living costs.
  • Scholarships can be renewed for up to 4 consecutive years.
  • For every year of scholarship funding, students commit to two NIH service obligations, which provide unparalleled research training and experience at NIH.


NIH UGSP Informational Webinars:

Date: Tuesday, December 5th, 2023

Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm ET

Date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2024

Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm ET


Important Application Dates: 

Applications Open: January 2nd, 2024

Application Deadline: March 15th, 2024, at noon E.T.


For a comprehensive overview, eligibility criteria, and other details, please visit the NIH UGSP Official Website

Should you have any questions or require additional details about the UGSP, please email

The Ray Diversity Fellowship

The Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship focuses on increasing opportunities for people of color to learn about, engage with, and enter the conservation and clean energy NGO sectors. The Fellowship is designed to support and attract recent college graduates of color with exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who seek to be leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.  

California Desert Studies Consortium- Judith A. Presch Student Research Scholarship

The Presch scholarship is available annually to undergraduates and graduate students pursuing research in arid lands. The scholarship is named in memory of Judith A. Presch, human resources specialist at CSU Fullerton, and supporter of the DSC. Applications are reviewed by the Research Award Committee of the Desert Studies Consortium [FLYER]

  • Who: Undergraduates or graduates pursuing desert research.
  • Amount: 1-2 awards of $500. Includes one year of fees waived at the DSC at Zzyzx.
  • Application deadline: December 1, 2021. Awards will be announced in December. 

To apply: Complete an application form by the deadline. Please direct any questions about this scholarship to Dr. Terry McGlynn at


In addition, here are links to Other Funding Opportunities.

Pathways to Science STEM Fellowships

NASEM Fellowships Office