We help fund students undertaking research projects over the summer, and we can help you find summer programs and funding opportunities both inside and outside of WashU.
To promote outstanding undergraduate research, the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) offers financial support in the form of Summer Undergraduate Research Awards (SURA) for non-life science fields and Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (BioSURF) for projects related to the life sciences (e.g. biology, biomedicine, biomedical engineering, biochemistry). To be considered for an award, students must seek nomination from a faculty research mentor.
Funding awards are not typically given to students doing research during the academic year, when they may receive academic credit for their work. Academic year awards may include funding for conference-related travel or for rising seniors or seniors working towards a thesis, capstone, or culminating project in the Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information on these opportunities, check out our award programs below.
General Application Timeline
If you are considering summer research, keep in mind the following general timeline for research funding and fellowship applications:
September – December: Find a mentor and formulate a project.
January – March: Apply for funding for summer research projects.
Prepare for the summer funding process by refining your research questions, starting a research proposal, and finding a faculty research mentor.