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Resources for Finding Grant Opportunities

Grants Resource Center

Shepherd University is a member of the Grants Resource Center (GRC), a service of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). GRC members have access to the GrantSearch keyword database and can set up automatic keyword alerts that will deliver potential grant opportunities directly to your inbox. Many additional services are available through our institutional membership. Email Jessica Kump jkump@shepherd.edu for Shepherd’s username and password to access GRC’s full suite of resources and information.

Federal Agencies that Provide Grant Funding

Funding Sources in the Arts and Humanities

Funding Sources in the Professional Fields (Business, Education, Nursing)

Funding Sources in the Sciences

Research fellowships, Scholarships and Internships for Students: A world of Opportunity Awaits

World-class research abounds right in Shepherd University’s backyard. Shepherd students considering graduate school or advanced study are especially encouraged to pursue research opportunities to augment their academic achievements as undergraduate students, and there are few regions in the world with more opportunity than we have right here.

This list will grow, but some examples of excellent annual research-oriented opportunities in the region include:

The J. Craig Venter Institute’s Summer Internship program

JCVI’s Rockville, MD facility offers summer internship opportunities to undergraduate students that typically run from May through August. Internship opportunities are paid positions, typically requiring 40 hours of work per week. Opportunity postings typically appear in February of each year. More information from JCVI is available here

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The NIST campus in Gaithersburg, MD offers prestigious and highly valuable opportunities for undergraduate students to complete research fellowships over the summer in a number of exciting STEM fields. If the NIST SURF program interests you (it should, because it’s really quite fabulous), send an email to Jessica Kump (jkump@shepherd.edu), Shepherd’s Director of Sponsored Programs, to learn more about how the nomination and application process works for Shepherd students. Additional information from NIST is available here

NOAA Nancy Foster Scholarship Program

The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program provides support for students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology, and all other science, engineering, social science, and resource management disciplines involving ocean and coastal areas, and particularly encourages women and members of minority groups to apply. Exceptional Shepherd students preparing to graduate and pursue advanced degrees in areas highlighted by this program are encouraged to consider applying for this valuable scholarship. Additional information on the FY 2018 program is available here.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program, which gives Shepherd students an opportunity to participate in major research in their area of interest that may not be conducted by current faculty at Shepherd. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Information on REU sites and opportunities can be found here.