Scholarships and Research Funding


Paying for one's college education is even more of a challenge than it was in years past due to the current economic climate.  Any amount of financial assistance could help alleviate the stress of figuring out how one is going to finance their education.  However, paying back student loans can be a lengthy process.  The solution?  Scholarships – free money!

Here are some starting points:

UCLA Scholarship Resource Center (SRC)
233 Covel Commons, (310) 206-2875
Hours:  11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Fall, Winter, Spring); 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Summer)

Established in 1996, the SRC provides scholarship information, resources and support services to all UCLA students, regardless of financial aid eligibility.  All services are provided at no charge.

Resources at SRC include:

  • Tips for scholarship applications
  • Information and applications for UCLA Scholarships
  • Scholarship Library
  • Scholarship Search Databases
  • SRC Group on
  • Bulletin Boards that display a wide range of current opportunities
  • Individual Counseling by appointment
  • One-on-one Writing Assistance by appointment for scholarship essays and personal statements
  • Workshops (How to Find Scholarships, Writing Personal Statements, etc.)
  • Strategies, quarterly newsletter

Searchable Scholarship Database Services

College Board Scholarship Search


Scholarship America

Scholarship and Financial Aid Resources – Finding Money for College

Student Scholarship Search

The Ultimate Scholarship Resource:  515 Scholarships With Something For Everyone

Research Funding

Funding for research projects is also available, through on-campus and off campus organizations.


CARE Fellows/Scholars:  Students who work 12 hours per week in a research lab can receive financial support ($1000-1500 per quarter) through the CARE Fellows/Scholars program.  Applications are available every quarter.

Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP):  Students who are conducting Honors Thesis research can apply for scholarships through this program.

Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (URFP):  Applications are available every fall for the $2000 URFP award.  This scholarship is awarded for the winter and spring quarters.

UC LEADS:  A highly-touted and prestigious program, UC LEADS awards undergraduate fellowships that allow students to conduct research and provides funds for research-related travel costs.  UC LEADS also offsets fees during the academic year, and in the summer, provides a stipend and room and board.

Travel Grant/RNA:  Eligible students may be able to receive funding for travel costs to research conferences or for the cost of lab and research equipment and supplies. 
Travel Grant:

Whitcome Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship:

At his passing in 2005, the late Dr. Philip Whitcome (Ph.D., MBIDP, 1974), left a substantial bequest to UCLA. Dr. Whitcome was a devoted supporter and friend of science education at UCLA as well as a member of the Science Board of Visitors, and since 2007, this bequest has provided funding for undergraduate students conducting research over the summer. Through a competitive application process, four Whitcome Fellows are chosen to receive a $3,000 stipend to conduct biological research with a member of the UCLA faculty during the summer. (Students are nominated by their faculty mentor.) Whitcome Fellows are required to submit a 1-2 page report of their research activities to the Dean of Life Sciences at the end of summer.

Application Period: Spring Quarter 


Information on Government Grants

National Science Foundation – Research Experiences for Undergraduates

USA Grant Applications – Independent Funding Sources