• If you are a low-income, first-generation, or underrepresented minority undergraduate you might be able to get funding through the McNair Program to do a semester-long mentored research project, which also helps with preparing to apply to graduate school.
  • Glamour Top 10 College Women Prize
  • Josephine de Karman Fellowship
  • The department-internal Bishop and Bilski-Mayer fellowships for excellence in undergraduate research typically provide between $1,500 to $5000 to pursue your own summer or semester research project under the guidance of one or several advisors. You need to be nominated by a faculty and you should have worked in a lab already.
  • The UR Discover Grant program is a new research grant program aimed at increasing and enhancing the undergraduate research opportunities for current University of Rochester students, open to proposals from individual and groups of current University of Rochester students and faculty.
  • Summer Scholars Program at URMC is a 10 week summer program for undergraduate students interested in the PhD degree in the Biological or Biomedical Sciences and for students with a potential interest in attending graduate school at the University of Rochester. You will learn to prep a research abstract and create a poster, and have the option to do a GRE prep course. Open to sophomores and juniors with at least a 3.0 GPA. Must be a US citizen or have a current F1 Visa.
  • REACH funds from the University of Rochester provide money to current UR students for a summer internship. On the same page, current UR students can also apply for a Discover Grant to pay for undergraduate research.


Graduate students in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester are funded via a mixture of training grants, university fellowships, and individual research grants. All graduate students in the program are guaranteed 5 years of funding (graduate students are expected to work as a teaching assistant to BCS classes 3 of the 10 semesters). Post-doctoral fellows are funding via training grants through the department or research grants.

  • NIH post-doctoral and graduate fellowships provide generous funding for research at US research universities (see also the career development grants). You can apply for funding for your own project at potentially multiple institutions.These fellowships are also available to non-US citizens. Most of these fellowships do, however, have a strong focus on life and health sciences.
  • Human Frontier Science post-doctoral fellowships for international collaborations and post-doc from other countries coming to the US (for at least part of their post-doc) or US citizens going abroad. HFS also provides career development and young faculty grants, as well as regular research grants of up to $US450,000 per year. HFS is focused on funding research in the life sciences (including e.g. chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering).
  • Searle scholars program young researchers grants for research in the biomedical sciences and chemistry: .
  • Computing Innovations Fellows Project provides funding for one or two year postdocs in computing fields. Our CI Fellows page
  • If you’re from Germany, you may consider the DAAD short-term visiting grants for graduate students and post-docs.
  • The Jacob K. Javits Fellowships Program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences.
  • Ford Foundation Fellowships Programs. Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships available.
  • Visits and research collaborations to HLP Lab for WUN members

For early graduate school

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. These are given based on research experience, promise of the proposed research program, and broader impact, such as community involvement, teaching, etc. (yes, they actually pay attention to that). If you decide to take a year or two off before applying to Ph.D. programs, you can still apply for nationally competitive graduate-study fellowships. They are not deferrable, so you’d wait to apply for them in the fall that you also plan to submit your graduate admission applications.
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research Fellowship. Three year fellowship for international students (in biomedical-related fields including biology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science, engineering, and plant biology—as well as interdisciplinary research). Open to 2nd or 3rd year PhD students who are ineligible for fellowships or training grants through U.S. federal agencies.

Proposal and dissertation funding

Grad support to other countries

Prizes / Awards


Post-doc support

Post-doc support to other countries

Visiting faculty

Supplementary sabatical funding

Visiting/collaborating with institutions in other countries