Undergraduate Research Opportunities & Funds

Research and Internship Opportunities

Funds for Undergraduate Student Research

Kingston-Mann Undergraduate Student Research Awards for Excellence in Diversity/Inclusion Scholarship

The awards competition honors the work of undergraduate students whose research contributes to the scholarship of diversity and inclusion. The awards program is intended to encourage students to discover their potential as researchers. Included are eight colleges and universities from across New England. For information about the award, selections from past award-winning essays, and application forms, please visit

2017-2018 Annual Research Grant Competition for Undergraduate Students

The Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is pleased to call for applications for its Academic Year 2017-2018 Annual Research Grant Competition for Undergraduate Students. These funds assist UMass Boston undergraduate students with expenses that they may incur while conducting research or working on a creative project. The application deadline is Friday, November 17, 2017, by 5 p.m. Only completed applications will be accepted. Grant awards will be announced by the end of the fall 2017 semester.

Application Process: Submit as PDF files the following three documents to

  1. The completed application form – which includes a 150-200 word proposal and a detailed budget (see section on “Award Amounts” below)
  2. A copy of the student's transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable)
  3. A letter of support from the student's faculty sponsor (faculty sponsors, please take special note of the "Eligibility" and "Allowed Uses" sections defined below)

Eligibility: Students from all undergraduate colleges with 60 or more credits are eligible. Students are ordinarily expected to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Award Amounts: Funding is limited. Grants are typically in the $500-$1000 range, though many grants are smaller. In exceptional circumstances, grant requests totaling up to $1500.00 (materials and conferences in total) may be considered. Students may request funds for expenses that they have already incurred if they can provide receipts. Budget items should be explained if they are not obvious. 

Allowable Uses of Funds: Categories of need for which funds may be sought include, but are not limited to: purchase of books for research, purchase of materials for experiments, payments to human subjects, Xeroxing, equipment, travel to archives, libraries, or other research sites, and travel to present research results at national and regional conferences.  Be sure to explain why books must be purchased rather than borrowed from libraries. Explain why materials for experiments are not normally stocked by the laboratory.

With regard to the purchase of chemical materials and equipment, payment will be made directly to the student's department.

Distribution of Funds: Funds will be distributed either by reimbursing the student for expenses (receipts required), or by transferring the funds directly to a department. Funds must be distributed no later than June 30, 2018.

Presentations at Conferences: The application form asks whether students might apply for funds to present their projects at conferences. They should respond “yes” if they are giving any thought to applying to present, even though they cannot know now whether or not they will be accepted by the conference(s). Moreover, students who may present at a conference should fill out the funding application form now even if they are not asking for any other funding. They should estimate the costs for attending a conference in the space provided.  (Note that costs to cover travel to the annual MA Statewide Research Conference in Amherst are provided to interested students through another process, and should not be included here.)

Decision making process and notification: All funding decisions are made by the Undergraduate Research Committee, which is a faculty committee. Students and/or sponsors may be contacted by the committee if more information is needed during the process. Students will be notified of the committee’s decision by email. Decisions will be announced by the end of the Fall 2017 semester.

An Application Form and Detailed Instructions for completing and submitting the application are available by clicking on the appropriate link directly below.