Funding opportunities for undergraduate research


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There are several ways for students at Northern Arizona University to obtain funding for research-based, scholarly, or creative projects. Learn about some of our available grants, awards, and scholarships that support undergraduate student projects at Northern Arizona University.

Interns-to-Scholars (I2S) program

I2S is a program designed to enable undergraduates, especially sophomores, to work as assistants on faculty scholarly, creative, or research projects in all disciplines. Interns are paid for participation. Find out more about the I2S program

Hooper Undergraduate Research Award (HURA)

This annual grant funds student-designed projects in all disciplines. Learn more about HURA.

Student Travel Award program

Funding is available for undergraduate students to represent Northern Arizona University at conferences. Receive a grant to support your trip through the Student Travel Awards program

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

The Southern Nevada Northern Arizona Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (SNNA-LSAMP) program supports underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through a comprehensive approach to student development, community building, and career readiness.  Learn more about LSAMP.


NASA Space Grant

The NASA Space Grant provides research opportunities for full-time NAU undergraduate students.  Through this program students are able to conduct meaningful research that furthers NASA's mission with the help of a mentor while getting paid.  Learn more about the NASA Space Grant.

Maxwell-Lutz Community Impact Award

The Maxwell-Lutz Community Impact Awards are intended to fund interdisciplinary projects between CEFNS and SBS students with the goal of improving the health and well-being of local and/or global communities; improving the vitality of community or cultural systems; or improving environmental sustainability.  Funding of up to $5,000 annually may be awarded to one team or shared by multiple teams.  Visit the Maxwell-Lutz page to learn more and apply for the award.

Global Learning Research Scholarship

The Center for International Education funds the Global Learning Research Scholarship. This scholarship is intended to support undergraduate student engagement in research activities that address the themes of global learning. Students are expected to propose research topics from any discipline but these topics must substantially engage with (or reflect dimensions that address) at least two of the three themes of global learning, and one of these themes must be global engagement.

The three themes of global learning include:

  • diversity
  • sustainability
  • global engagement

Awards of up to $1,000 are available for NAU undergraduates conducting research that meets the criteria. Learn more about the Global Learning Research Scholarship.

Henry O. Hooper Sustainability Cash Prize

This annual award recognizes Northern Arizona University undergraduate and graduate students who have made an extraordinary effort to enhance the culture of sustainability on the NAU campus and surrounding community. Read more about the Henry O. Hooper Sustainability Cash Prize.

Watershed Research and Education Program (WREP)

Find out more about WREP at Northern Arizona University, which provides student research in all fields related to environmental biology and resource management in the watersheds, riparian areas, streams, and rivers of Northern Arizona.

Departmental scholarships

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