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The Office of Undergraduate Research

Grants & Scholarships

Bucks for Brains

This exciting program provides undergraduates at the University of Kentucky with hands-on experience in academic research, working alongside faculty. Students are placed in research settings ranging from plant biochemistry to computer science to American history.

Nationally Competitive Awards

Nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships are awards that are funded by sources independent of the University of Kentucky including non-profit groups, government agencies, and companies. Criteria for scholarships vary but generally include academic performance, financial need, community affiliations, and unique elements important to the sponsoring organization.

NIH Supplement Grant

As a public research institution, the University of Kentucky has many faculty who have grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Research Abroad

The Undergraduate Research Abroad Scholarship (UGRAS) is a collaboration between the Office of Undergraduate Research (UGR) and Education Abroad (EA).

Research Travel Grant

The purpose of the Research Travel Grants is to help students gain experience in presenting their work at local, national, and even international conferences. Given that research takes place in many different forms and in all disciplines, all undergraduates performing independent research are eligible for the Research Travel Grants. The study of social problems, the creation of a piece of fiction or poetry, the study of a scientific theory or a historic period of time, the solution to engineering and mathematical problems, among other, all qualify as valid research endeavors for this award.

Summer Research Grants

The Summer Research Grants can be awarded for up to $2000. Summer Research Grant recipients benefit from the many and varied resources available at UK - from the libraries to the laboratories - and employ a wealth of talented academic personnel addressing cutting-edge methods and technologies. Undergraduates in all areas of intellectual inquiry are eligible, and students at many different levels of matriculation have received support.

Sustainability Fellowships

The Summer Sustainability Research and Creativity Fellowships are funded by the Environmental Stewardship Fee and seek to promote projects that will make a significant contribution to the student’s academic growth, while concomitantly contributing to sustainability focused research initiatives at the University of Kentucky and within the community at large. Where appropriate, we are also seeking projects that will make a scholarly contribution in their discipline. Sustainability here is defined as the intersection of social, economic and environmental justice.

Beckman Scholarship

The Beckman Scholars Program, established in 1997, is a highly prestigious, invited program for accredited universities and four-year colleges in the United States. It provides scholarships that contribute significantly to advancing the education, research training and personal development of select students in chemistry, biochemistry, and the biological and medical sciences.