Funding for Undergraduate Research

Resources for funding undergraduate research:

Fellowships

Fellowships offer many opportunities for you to develop your academic and professional interests. They can help you study abroad, get involved in research or public service, or take on a postgraduate degree. Fellowships are also a networking opportunity. Recipients become part of a lasting network of like-minded people from around the country and around the world. Fellowship advisers can help you determine which opportunities help you meet your goals. Once you find a fellowship, they support you throughout the entire application process.

Opportunities exist for every class year, so it is never too early to begin to explore your options.

Columbia College Senior Thesis Funding

Columbia College is able to provide a small research fund to Columbia College students conducting approved research for their senior theses.

Students can apply for funding up to $250. In exceptional cases, additional funding can be awarded. If a student requires additional funds that exceed $250, they must include a detailed explanation under "Optional Additional Information" in the application. The Faculty Adviser must also confirm in their approval that additional funds are necessary for the proposed project. If special permission is given, the award will not exceed $500. All funds are provided on a reimbursement basis.

The process for requesting funds is as follows:

  1. Complete the online Columbia College Senior Thesis Funding Application.
  2. Advise your Faculty Adviser that they must sign off on your project via the link which will be sent to their email. This email will contain additional instructions for your adviser. If they have any questions or issues, they may email us at ugrad-urf@columbia.edu.
  3. All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis between now and the deadline indicated on the application website.
  4. Students with approved applications will receive a notification from the Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. This notification will confirm the awarded amount and contain detailed instructions on how to submit expenses for reimbursement.
  5. Please note that if you submit receipts more than 120 days after the expenses occurred, your reimbursement will be both delayed and taxed. It is important, therefore, to submit your reimbursement requests promptly. You may submit multiple requests.
  6. All seniors approved for senior thesis funding must submit their reimbursement paperwork no later than May 1 to be eligible for payment.

DEADLINES BY SEMESTER

Fall Semester

  • Deadline to apply for funding: November 15

Spring Semester

  • Deadline to apply for funding: March 15
  • Students must submit all reimbursement forms and receipts by: May 1

If any of the dates listed above fall on a Saturday, Sunday, or University Holiday forms may be submitted on the following business day.

Funding to Present at Research Conferences

The Columbia College Travel Award for Presenters provides a small amount of funding to Columbia College students who have had their research accepted for presentation at a conference or research meeting. If approved, the average amount awarded is no greater than $250 and, if special permission is given, will not exceed $500. All funds are provided on a reimbursement basis. The process for requesting funds is as follows:

  1. Complete the online Columbia College Travel Award for Presenters Application.
  2. Once submitted, please notify Jessica Cubas via email.
  3. Students with approved applications will receive a notification from Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. This notification will confirm the awarded amount and contain detailed instructions on how to submit expenses for reimbursement.
  4. Please note that if you submit receipts more than 120 days after the expenses occurred, your reimbursement will be both delayed and taxed. It is important, therefore, to submit your reimbursement requests promptly. You may submit multiple requests.

DEADLINES BY SEMESTER

Fall Semester

  • Deadline to apply for funding: November 15
  • Students presenting in the Fall must submit all reimbursement forms and receipts by: December 1
  • If the conference is taking place after December 1 but before the start of the Spring semester, students may submit the required forms and receipts by February 1.

Spring Semester

  • Deadline to apply for funding: March 15
  • Students must submit all reimbursement forms and receipts by: May 1

If any of the dates listed above fall on a Saturday, Sunday, or University Holiday forms may be submitted on the following business day.

Information Regarding Funding and Eligible Expenses

  • Eligible Expenses

Expenses that are eligible for reimbursement may include research materials, transportation, entrance fees, etc.

Non-eligible expenses include durable equipment such as audio, video, hardware, software, cameras, laptops, etc. If any non-eligible items are listed in a proposal or submitted, Undergraduate Research and Fellowships will inform the student.

Services, such as choreography, are not reimbursable through the University. While students may still apply for funding for these types of services, they must not be paid for directly by the student. All services are paid directly to the vendor by the University. For additional details, please contact Jessica Cubas at jcc2239@columbia.edu.

  • Regarding the amount of funds awarded

The average amount awarded is no greater than $250 and, if special permission is given, will not exceed $500. Undergraduate Research and Fellowships may adjust the initial amount requested by the student. The student will be informed of any adjustments.

  • Regarding the purchases made with your debit card and/or credit card

You will be asked to provide a copy of your bank statement and/or credit card statement, and label the charges according to the expense number that you list on the reimbursement form. You may black out all other information on the statements.

Please remember to retain all original receipts and invoices for expenses to be submitted for reimbursement.

Questions? Contact: Jessica Cubas, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, at jcc2239@columbia.edu