Center for Educational Opportunity Programs

Funding & Resources

The following external resources have provided the KU McNair Scholars Program with information about their services. Please follow each link to learn more about these opportunities.

This section provides a list of financial aid opportunities including fellowships, grants, and scholarships. Students may also want to check out the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity Scholarship page and the KU Office of Graduate Studies for more links to funding opportunities.

Undergraduate and Graduate

KU Women 4 KU Women Fund
This funding opportunity was created by Women Philanthropists for KU in order to aid KU women while they achieve their academic and career goals. This fund is for KU senior and graduate school women on the Lawrence campus.

Undergraduate Only

KU Center for Undergraduate Research - Research Awards
Undergraduate Research Awards (UGRAs) provide support for original, independent research, scholarship, or creative work by Lawrence-campus undergraduates, under the general guidance of a member of the faculty.

KU Center for Undergraduate Research - Travel Awards
Undergraduate Travel Awards are offered to KU undergraduate students to defray the cost of travel to present results of their research or creative performance at a professional conference in their field.

J. Michael Young Award
University of Kansas Honors Program
For students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences only. $300 to $500 awards are offered to enable students to attend academic and professional conferences or to conduct research away from the Lawrence Campus.

Graduate Only

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

Graduate Student Funding Opportunities
The National McNair website provides Scholars with information regarding graduate school success and shares news from McNair programs across the nation. The following page provides a list of fellowships and research internships for a wide range of disciplines.

Pathways to Science
Pathways to Science is a project of the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP). Pathways to Science provide resources to students pursuing degrees in the STEM fields. The project is dedicated to helping underrepresented groups in college find resources, funding, mentors, and STEM programs.

GEM Fellowship Program
The national GEM consortium offers fellowships for masters and PhD degrees for underrepresented minority students. The fellowship includes a living stipend as well as paid summer internships.

American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program
The APA MFP is an innovative, comprehensive and coordinated training, mentoring and career development program that enhances psychological and behavioral outcomes of ethnic minority communities. MFP is committed to increasing the number of ethnic minority professionals in the field and advancing our understanding of the life experiences of ethnic minority communities. You do not need to be an ethnic minority student to apply.

Undergraduate Only

KU Undergraduate Research Symposium
The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event at KU that celebrates the diversity of undergraduate research and creative activities on campus.  Whether you are a freshman interested in exploring what opportunities you have at KU or a senior who is looking for a venue to share the results of your scholarship, you'll find some events at the Undergraduate Research Symposium of interest to you.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
The NSF provides research opportunities for undergraduate students through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Students choose and apply to work in a research lab specific to their interests located at a REU host institution. NSF may provide funding for the students housing and travel.

Summer Research Opportunity Program»
Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC)
The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at CIC universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.

University of Michigan Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities»
A list of research experiences that can offer students the opportunity to participate in projects mentored by and working side-by-side with science professors.

Undergraduate and Graduate

National Institutes of Health Summer Internships»
Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

Post-baccalaureate Research Programs (PREP)

PREP Participating Institutions
The objective of Postbaccalaureate Research Education Programs (PREP) is to increase the number of competitive PhD graduates from diverse backgrounds who will become leaders in the biomedical scientific community. PREP is designed to prepare students from backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, who have completed a Baccalaureate degree, for entry into highly competitive graduate programs by providing students with extensive hands on research experience through a salaried position as a research apprentice. Students will develop the professional and scholarly skills needed to successfully complete a PhD or PhD/MD degree.

Computational Biology Ph.D. Program»
Carnegie Mellon-University of Pittsburgh
Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh have joined forces to establish an exciting interdisciplinary program leading to a Ph.D. in Computational Biology. The goal of this Ph.D. program is to provide intensive interdisciplinary education to enable outstanding students to become leaders in identifying and solving tomorrow's biological problems using computational methods.
None at this time.

Smithsonian Museum Minority and Native American Internships»
The Office of Fellowships offers a number of opportunities to increase participation of minority groups who are underrepresented in Smithsonian scholarly programs, in the disciplines of research conducted at the Institution, and in the museum field.

COE Study Abroad Opportunities»
COE and the University of Liverpool are collaborating to offer an exciting learning opportunity for a group of up to 20 TRIO SSS and McNair students. Students will have the chance to spend three weeks in Europe as the guests of the University of Liverpool, one of the leading research universities in the United Kingdom. They will explore issues of common concern to both UK and US citizens. The program combines study and debate on campus with project work with schools or local communities, as well as excursions to London, Amsterdam and Antwerp.

KU Study Abroad Opportunities
The Office of Study Abroad is an academic support unit that develops and maintains high-quality international education, research and internship programs for KU students and faculty. OSA staff provides a comprehensive range of student services throughout the processes of recruitment, advising, program selection, application, enrollment, pre-departure orientation, completion of the overseas program, and the granting of academic credit at KU.  Additionally, the OSA manages the University’s affiliations with selected foreign institutions and provides academic services to international students supported through exchange agreements.

Undergraduate Research Symposium
If you are engaged in a research or creative scholarly project, you are encouraged to present your provisional or final findings as part of this Symposium. You may develop either a poster or an oral presentation. This is an excellent opportunity to share the fruits of your labors and to help your colleagues understand the nature and scope of your investigations.

National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)»
The mission of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is to promote undergraduate research scholarship and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education.

National McNair Scholars Conferences»
McNair Scholars have many opportunities to experience a professional research conference. In addition to having the opportunity to present their research before an interdisciplinary community, scholars are able to network with faculty, graduate school staff, and their peers and receive invaluable information about the graduate school application process.

Office of Multicultural Affairs
The Office of Multicultural Affairs provides direction and services for current and prospective students from underrepresented populations. In addition, through collaborative partnerships we offer diversity education programs that foster inclusive learning environments for all students. Our programs and services enhance the retention of successful matriculation of students, while supporting their academic and personal development.

Multicultural Scholars Program
A major-specific scholarship and mentoring program designed for students of color and/or first-generation college students.

Haskell/KU Exchange Program
The purpose of the Haskell/KU Exchange Program is to give students at the University of Kansas an opportunity to take a class at Haskell Indian Nations University.

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD)
IMSD is designed to enhance the experience of a diverse group of students at KU who are interested in pursuing graduate study and a research career in a field related to biomedical research.

Student Involvement and Leadership Center»

KU student organizations»
The Student Involvement and Leadership Center (SILC) prepares students to become contributing citizens of society by providing meaningful co-curricular experiences. SILC can help students find leadership opportunities that will strengthen competencies in critical thinking, ethical reasoning, self-awareness, engagement, diversity, and leadership.