Student Funding

The department encourages all undergraduate majors and minors to frequently check this page to apply for funding opportunities as they become available.

Research Funding

Phyllis Hartrich Memorial Award
Award Amount: Up to $2,000

The Phyllis Hartrich Memorial Award supports independent undergraduate research. This award honors the memory of Phyllis Hartrich, who served for many years as the Undergraduate Coordinator in our department. The research project must be designed and carried out by students in consultation with their advisors. The award is designed to defray expenses directly related to research, including equipment and travel to research sites. No funds will be provided for travel to conferences or for research designed by a faculty member. Awards will be announced at the annual department graduation in May, and will cover expenses for research projects carried out over the subsequent calendar year.

The selection committee will make one or more awards totaling up to $2,000. Students planning to graduate in December 2019 or later are encouraged to submit proposals.


Rochester Academy of Science Student Research Grant
Award Amount: $550
Application Deadline: December 20, 2019

The Rochester Academy of Science will award grants for research supplies and travel related directly to research projects performed by undergraduate college students.


  • Proposals in any area of scientific study are encouraged. It is the general philosophy of the reviewers, however, to favor funding of research in areas similar to those of the members of the Rochester Academy of Science. These interests include all aspects of natural history, including astronomy, anthropology, botany, ecology, mycology, entomology, geology, mineralogy, ornithology, paleontology. 
  • These grants are intended to help students who are working toward undergraduate degrees to purchase expendable materials for use in their projects, for travel expenses to collect data, but not for laboratory equipment.
  • The research project may be in progress but should be designed to be completed within one year.

Application Submission:

Please review the below PDF document for detailed application instructions.

Awards and Scholarships

No opportunities available at this time. Please check back soon.

Internship Funding

No opportunities available at this time. Please check back soon.

Graduate School Funding

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
Application Deadline: December 17, 2019
Award: $24,000 for three years

The Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship provides three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. 

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.


  • U. S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) program, political asylees, and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations), and 
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in a research-based field of science, social science, or humanities

Specific eligibility guidelines for this program:

Predoctoral fellowships are intended for students who have enrolled or plan to enroll in an eligible Ph.D. or Sc.D. program no later than fall 2020, including:

  • Undergraduates in their senior year, 
  • Individuals who have completed undergraduate study,
  • Individuals who have completed some graduate study, and 
  • Individuals already enrolled in a Ph.D. or Sc.D. program who provide evidence that they can fully utilize a threeyear fellowship award. For applicants who have already begun a doctoral program, a Verification of Doctoral Degree Status form, signed by the adviser or other department official, is required.

Application Submission:

Please see the Ford Foundation Fellowship website for detailed information on application and doumentation requirements.

University Resources

Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

The Office of Fellowships and Scholarships puts you into contact with many university, national and international awards that can help to fund your undergraduate career and to build an impressive resume.

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences offers several scholarships to undergraduate students at all levels of their academic career, and for those looking to fund their study abroad and experiential learning opportunities.

Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

CURCA provides a listing of the many research opportunities available throughout the university. Students who work on a CURCA project are eligible to apply for an Undergraduate Research Award.