Undergraduate Research Grants for FCRH Students

Bernadette Haig at a conference

Bernadette Haig, Class of 2018, at OSA Biophotonics Congress

Travel Grants for Research

In an effort to support students who have had their research accepted for presentation at a professional conference, FCRH accepts requests for funding to help defray costs associated with attendance. In 2019-2020, we funded 28 grants for travel around the country and internationally as well. Students may apply for up to $800 per academic year to reimburse their travel expenses. Please do not hesitate to email Dr. Aubin regarding funding for participation in virtual events.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. All requests for travel support funding should be made in advance of the conference.

Apply for Travel Grants

Research Grants

FCRH provides funding for students to conduct mentored research throughout the academic year. The next cycle for research grants will be for the 2024 Summer Research Program, and the applications are now closed and being considered. The applications for Fall 2024 grants will open soon. The supplies budget can only include travel if required for research (travel funding to present at conferences is given through the travel grants above). If you have any questions about doing undergraduate research, please email Dr. Aubin.

We offer support for students to become intimately engaged in the research process as they work on their own project or that of a faculty mentor. A goal of this funding is to provide students with the dedicated time to receive training in the research methods of their discipline (all are welcome!) as they work to collect and analyze data, develop an original composition, or participate in other appropriate scholarly and creative activities. With the guidance of their mentor, students are expected to learn about how their work fits in with the larger academic community as they prepare their projects for public dissemination and presentation. With the support of these mechanisms, FCRH students have presented their findings at prestigious venues around the country.

Len Blavatnik Fellowship for STEM research: We are excited to offer additional funding for STEM undergraduates again for the upcoming grant cycles! These grants are for $2500 each, and we expect to award five of these to both FCRH and FCLC students.

Deadlines: The deadline for the Fall 2024 grant applications is at midnight on Friday, September 6, 2024. Faculty recommendations can be submitted at any time; they are due by the day after the deadline (be sure to let your mentor know well in advance of the deadline!). Please note that applications missing a recommendation will unfortunately not be considered. The application form will be posted soon.

    • Abstract: ~250 word summary of the project
    • Project Description: Maximum of 4 pages, double spaced, detailing the project's statement of research (i.e. the problem), and why this question is important (scholarly significance or application)
    • Bibliography: Listing of sources that have been consulted and cited in the project description
    • Budget and Budget Justification: Itemized expenses and rationale for each one
    • Anticipated Outcomes: Statement of skills gained or professional development activities; specific anticipated conferences, journal publications, and national meetings (if relevant) should be included here as well
  • Because grant funding is limited, be mindful of the most common mistakes:

    • Vague discussion of project's overall objective and importance
    • If part of a faculty mentor's broader research project, vague explanation of your own personal role and objective
    • If part of a lab-based project, failure to differentiate your role and accompanying outcomes
    • Feasibility of project scope
    • Failure to write to a broad audience outside your own area of expertise
    • Application suggests limited communication between student and mentor
  • The grants committee is composed of faculty members and administrators from the humanities, social sciences, and STEM. Each member takes the following items into consideration when scoring a project:

    • Strength of student’s discussion regarding the significance of and justification for the project
    • Clarity and feasibility of research question and methodology (including the bibliography)
    • Quality of writing (uses proper grammar and citation format and writes clearly to a varied audience, including those far outside your field)
    • Clarity of student contribution to the project (committee members will not base the project's score on amount of contribution, i.e., independent vs. collaborative research, but rather the student’s ability to discuss individual responsibilities and goals)
    • Strength of faculty recommendation
    • Strength of stated outcomes
  • Here are a few things to remember when writing your application for any of our research grants.

    • Most of the time, the people reading your proposal will be outside your field, and often very far outside (e.g., sometimes Chemistry faculty read History proposals, Economics faculty read Math proposals, etc.). Be sure you have a clear introduction and motivation to why your research is interesting and/or important.
    • Stick to the requirements: Four pages, double-spaced (not including the bibliography).
    • Be sure to reference works in your bibliography throughout the proposal.
    • Have a clear timeline in your proposal. Additionally, make sure the outcomes are clear and achievable.
    • The outcomes can be confusing to many. In the proposal itself, be sure to include research outcomes, or those which are relevant to others in your field. In the prompt in the application, include your personal outcomes (publications, conferences, the Undergraduate Research Symposium, etc.).
    • Work with your mentor! They are the best resource to help you here, and you should try to get a draft to them as soon as possible so they can help edit it.


  • Fall and Spring: Maximum funding is $1,600 per student project. Up to $1,100 may be used as a student stipend; the remaining $500, if requested, should be allocated towards any research costs. Alternatively, students may request the full $1,600 for materials and supplies expenses that are necessary to carry out the research project. Students do not need to conduct their research on-campus (e.g., the award could be used to travel to an archive).

    Summer: For the Summer Research Program, the student is granted a $4,000 stipend plus housing (excluding food). Additionally, a maximum of $1,000 can be requested for supplies or other research costs. The student is also expected to be on campus for the majority of the summer to participate in the various programs planned.

    Faculty members who supervise student research during the summer receive a $1,100 stipend per student project. The faculty stipend does not count toward the maximum grant funding. Faculty mentors are asked to also participate in some of the summer events.

    If the student intends to present a poster at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, it is acceptable to include the poster printing charges in the budget (currently that is $72 for a 3' x 4' poster).

  • Only FCRH students are eligible for funding, and only one grant may be awarded at a time to any given student. If students are currently receiving financial compensation or academic credit for their research, they may still apply for a research grant, however, funding can only be requested for research materials and supplies (money cannot be requested for a stipend).

    During the 8 weeks of the Summer Research Program (which coincide with the two summer sessions), students are not allowed to take any courses or take any full-time work.

  • Faculty mentors who plan to supervise FCRH grant-funded research must provide a letter of recommendation for their student of no more than 400 words by the day after the application due date. The faculty member will automatically be notified to submit a recommendation after the student submits his/her application, but letters can be submitted in advance of the student submission.

    Note that only tenured or tenure-track faculty members are permitted to act as mentors.

  • All research involving human subjects is subject to review and approval by the Fordham Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB requires that both the student and faculty mentor have completed the human subject protection online training course called “CITI” (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative). CITI certificates of completion for both the student and faculty mentor must accompany submissions to the IRB in order to be reviewed. Grant recipients will be required to submit IRB approval documentation prior to initiating work. It is highly recommended that students get started on their IRB approval as soon as possible as it might take more than a month (or sometimes two) for approval.

    Students with questions about IRB approval and access to the online CITI course should contact the IRB Manager, Michele Kuchera, at [email protected] or 718-817-0876.

  • All students who receive funding are expected to present their research findings at the next Undergraduate Research Symposium, held annually near the end of the spring semester.

  • Any non-disposable, reusable research equipment (including books) purchased through FCRH Undergraduate Research Grant funding must be returned to Dean Annunziato in Keating 201 upon completion of the research project. Students will be responsible for the cost of equipment not returned to the Dean's Office.

  • Summer Research Program participants may request on-campus housing at Rose Hill for Summer Sessions I and II, as they are expected to be on campus. No reimbursement of off-campus housing costs is permitted. The cost of on-campus housing should not be included in the grant budget and does not influence the review of the proposal.

    Summer grant applicants who anticipate short term hotel and other travel costs should include them in the regular budget for the grant. These expenses must be well justified and the travel must be integral to the successful accomplishment of the research project.