Funding Research & Experiences

Learn about College of Natural Sciences fellowships available to support research and opportunities supported by the federal government, national science organizations and industry.

Research Funding at UT

There are a number of options for securing funding to support your research, travel to conferences and other experiential learning opportunities as an undergraduate student.

First-Year FRI Summer Research Funding

Many students can work with their research streams over the summer on fellowships or as a volunteer researcher. During this time, students expand their projects and are granted a higher degree of independence and responsibility, often working in lab without supervision. By working 20 or 40 hours a week it is possible for FRI students to get a head start on their projects and experience the life of a research scientist.

FRI Fellowship Information

  • Stipend. Support can be for full or part time research placements, determined by the availability of each type of position in your stream. 
    • Full-time fellowships | $3000 + $1000 Housing Supplement.
    • Half-time fellowships | $1500 + $500 Housing Supplement. 
  • Dates. The exact dates and hours committed to research each week will be arranged with your Research Educator.
  • Housing. A limited number of awards to assist with summer housing for students with need are available.
  • Application. The FRI Summer Fellowship Application for 2024 will open later in the academic year.


  • FRI students and Accelerated Research Initiative (ARI) students (including international students) participating in their first summer research experience (following their spring semester with the program) are eligible to apply.
  • **FRI alumni conducting more advanced summer projects in or outside of stream labs should apply for an Advanced Summer Research Fellowship.

Questions? Contact Dr. Tony Gonzalez (

FRI Summer Fellowship Application is due Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 11:59 pm.


Kushner Summer Experiential Learning Fellowship

The Kushner Experiential Learning Fellowship is designed to support CNS undergraduate students as they participate in experiential learning opportunities in the summer. Examples of experiential learning opportunities that will be approved include but are not limited to domestic or international internships, international research experiences, first-time research experiences, domestic or international structured volunteering programs, academic conference presentation, and more!

Fellowships are available for UT College of Natural Sciences students participating in experiential learning opportunities during summer 2024. Please note that:

  • Students must secure experience BEFORE applying.
  • Preference will be given to unpaid and underpaid opportunities. 
  • Research experiences MUST be either the student's first research experience OR an international research experience.
  • Award amounts will be decided on a case-by-case basis
  • Fellowships will be announced in early May via email

View the application questions before applying. No recommendation letter is required.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11:59 pm.


CNS Advanced Summer Research Fellowships 

These are available for UT College of Natural Sciences students participating in an advanced summer research project on campus or remotely under the supervision of a UT faculty member or research supervisor. Applicants must have already completed at least one prior undergraduate research experience. (Either full-time research experience in summer or a part-time two semester research experience in the academic year, or equivalent.)

The summer placement and research supervisor must be confirmed at time of application. If you would like to find out more about strategies for finding a research placement, make a consultation appointment with one of our student ambassadors.

Support is for a full-time research placement, requiring 35-40 hours per week for at least eight weeks, at $4,000.

The application includes:

  • A description of your summer research project (no more than 500 words)
  • A statement of interest explaining your reasons for wanting to receive this fellowship and how your research experience relates to your personal, academic and career goals (no more than 500 words)
  • 1 recommendation letter — instructions for submitting the letter of recommendation are in the application

The CNS Advanced summer 2024 Fellowship is closed. The summer 2025 fellowship application will open in November 2024.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Summer Research Academy (LSAMP)

Students are matched with a research mentor and participate in an intensive research experience at a UT System school (if you are a current UT Austin student your placement will be at one of the other UT system institutions).

  • $4,000+ stipend, travel allowance, and a housing allowance.
  • Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Deadlines vary.
  • The LSAMP Summer Research Academy (SRA) application is currently open. All applications are due by February 9, 2024 at 5 p.m. CST. Students can visit the LSAMP website to apply. 
  • LSAMP also has options abroad: sophomores and juniors in all disciplines in the College of Natural Sciences are eligible to apply.  Students are matched with a research mentor and participate in an intensive research experience at an institution abroad. Stipend, travel allowance, and a housing allowance are covered. Veterans are encouraged to apply. The 2024 LSAMP Summer Research Academy Abroad (SRA-A) is closed. The 2025 application will open in early fall 2024.

The application for summer 2024 is closed and will reopen in fall 2024 for summer 2025.

Undergraduate Research Fellowships

  • Support for specific scholarly research projects conducted by full-time UT undergraduate students enrolled in any department
  • Covers costs associated with academic research projects proposed and written by student applicants and undertaken with the supervision of a university tenured or tenure-track faculty member, lecturer, senior lecturer or full-time research scientist/engineer.
  • Up to a $1,000 award.

Mitchell Award/University Co-Op Award

Faculty members nominate students who have demonstrated superior scholarly or creative achievement through a notable paper or thesis, research project, creative or artistic endeavor, or other product of the student’s academic work. Nominees must be either a junior or senior currently enrolled at UT Austin or have received their undergraduate degree in December of the academic year in which the award is being given. Three students will receive awards of $2,000 each, three students will receive awards of $3,000 each, and one student will be awarded the grand prize of $10,000.  

Travel Support

Attending national and international conferences is an important activity for undergraduate researchers. At conferences, you are able to meet scientists in your field, hear about new research and present your own work. 

Office of Undergraduate Research Scholarships & Awards for Travel

In addition to the resource above, often you can find partial or even full funding to support your travel to present at a conference. 

Check to see if the conference you are attending offers travel grants for student presenters. Often the organization hosting the event has funds for this purpose, but it is very important to apply early!

FRI Students: Ask you research supervisor if they have funds or know of funds that are available to support student travel to conferences. 

Experiential Learning Funding

Texas Career Engagement provides career-related scholarships to help reduce the financial barriers to career exploration and internship participation.