Get money for your research or public service project!

January 25, 2022

Conducting research or carrying out a public service project comes with all sorts of rewards, from skill development to making an impact. If you're thinking you could do more if only you had a budget to work with, consider applying for a grant! Today, we're highlighting three amazing grant options that are timely for the beginning of your Spring semester. 

Student at Berkeley Project Day pointing at white board with project information while another student listensSURF - Summer Undergraduate Research and Fellowship Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, known as “SURF”, provides $5,000 stipends to students to carry out in-depth research over the summer. There are a variety of program tracks within SURF, and each of them has different eligibility requirements. Some of the tracks are for students completing a senior thesis under faculty supervision while others are for students doing research in support of graduate students or faculty. You should start attending info sessions and developing your application around the January before the program begins. Check out the website for deadlines and information. 

Haas Scholars Program (open to L&S students)

Every year, the Haas Program funds 20 students for up to $13,800 to carry out a capstone project in the summer preceding and during their final year on campus.  Haas Scholars also receive guidance from faculty mentors (who also receive a stipend) and from a full-time staff member, membership in a close-knit interdisciplinary community of scholars, and connections to an alumni network of almost 500 members.  Eligibility:  3.45+ UCB gpa, Graduating F ’22 or Spr ’23, and financial need (EFC <$26,000); undocumented and international students are eligible if they demonstrate the required level of need. Applications are accepted annually in early February, so we recommend planning early. 

The Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize

The Stronach Baccalaureate Prize supports recent Cal graduates to undertake a public service, creative, or community-based research project in the year following graduation (fall 21, spring and summer 22 graduates eligible). Recipients are awarded up to $25,000 for projects that serve the public good and heighten awareness of social issues. Deadlines and information sessions will be posted on the website Interested students are highly encouraged to make an appointment with the program manager to discuss their project ideas. 


Check out the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships for information on these and other scholarships, grants, and research programs. 

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