Funding Student Research

Funding for Biological Research

 1. Undergraduate Work

Limited funds are available for undergraduate aid in support of research. Other than student aid available through the financial aid office, there are special funds for which you may be able to apply. Be sure to contact the faculty member who will be be directing your research project for details:

  1. NIH-INBRE summer research fellowships conducted with CofI Biology Department faculty members (see Dr. Heggland for additional information).
  2. Sigma Xi Research Society provides funds to support undergraduate student research. The application deadline is October 15th or March 15th. The society will fund up to $1000 for research. Go to their website for the details of the application at .
  3. The Eidemiller Grant provides funds in support of one student who conducts a summer research project related to the Snake River Plain and vicinity. Many biology, ecology, or natural history research projects would qualify for support. The application deadline is usually in early April ($1500). Application for Winter Session grants ($750) are due in early December. If you are planning a summer or winter research project in this field of study consider applying for Eidemiller support.
  4. Summer research fellowships at other institutions such as University of Idaho and University of Nevada, Reno through National Science Foundation Programs (EPSCOR and REU).
  5. Barry Goldwater Fellowship. A research proposal is required to compete for this full ride scholarship. Application deadlines are in March. See your advisor or Dr. Jim Dull in physics.
  6. Cooperative Challenge Cost Share Grants with Bureau of Land Management. These grants may be obtained for specific projects related to BLM priority research (e.g. rare plant studies). See Dr. Mansfield for details.
  7. Student Professional Meeting Fund. See Bill Clark for details.
  8. Idaho Academy of Science Scholarship. See Dr. Heggland or Bill Clark for details.
  9. Associated Western Universities Scholarship for summer internships at Western DOE labs (Battelle, INEL, Los Alamos, etc.). February deadline.
  10. NORCUS. Research opportunities at Hanford Lab. 1 December deadline.
  11. DOE or SERS Undergraduate Research Semester. mid October deadline for spring semester, mid May deadline for fall semester. See Dr. Mansfield for details.

2. Graduate Work

A. National Fellowships

Competition for National Fellowships is very intense but CofI students have been quite successful over the years. Watch for announcements form the Fellowships Committee of the College or call the Academic Vice President's office for information on any of the following fellowships (application deadlines are many months to more than a year in advance of the study period):

  1. Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. For a year of independent study and travel abroad. The proposal should consist of a unique, creative idea which requires travel and independence. No formal academic association is expected.
  2. Truman Scholarship. For graduate study in any field but with a career goal emphasizing "public service". Apply in the junior year for a two year full scholarship.
  3. National Science Foundation. For outstanding senior and beginning graduate students with the emphasis being on research in any science, math, or engineering field. Deadlines are mid November for following academic year.
  4. Marshall Fund. For two years of study in pursuit of a specific academic program in the United Kingdom.
  5. Rotary International Fellowship. For undergraduate or graduate level study abroad. The goal of the one year scholarship is to promote friendly relations between the U.S. and citizens of the other country (knowledge of language required).
  6. Fulbright Scholarship. For graduate study abroad for 6 months to 1 year (knowledge of language required).
  7. Rhodes Scholarship. For two years of study in any field at Oxford University at the "senior" undergraduate or graduate level.
  8. Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowships in Biological Sciences. For outstanding seniors and beginning graduate students in molecular, cellular, developmental, or structural biology; genetics; microbiology; biochemistry; biophysics; immunology; or biometrics. mid November deadline for following academic year.

B. Institutional Funding for Graduate Study.

Graduate schools expect to give partial support to incoming students. Support may be in the form of scholarships. Often it is in the form of part-time employment in the department as a teaching assistant or research assistant. Many institutions will not accept graduate students unless the institution can provide financial aid. Consult the graduate departments that you are considering for more details.