Grants at WCU
Finding Grant Funding for Undergraduate Research
Although many research projects require no more than time, a good notebook or computer, and hours in the library, some will inevitably require funding for supplies, travel costs, or other expenses. Although academic departments sometimes have a small amount of money budgeted for undergraduates, The Honors College is a major funding resource. You do not have to be an Honors student to receive undergraduate research funding from The Honors College; funding is open to all full-time undergraduate students at WCU.
Another important source for funding projects may be found in the Office for Undergraduate Studies, headed by Dr. Carol Burton, the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Studies. There is also a wide world of external grant money out there waiting to be used for projects of merit.
Undergraduate Academic Projects Grants
This fund, available between October and March every year, supports student expenses for supplies, equipment, or travel for undergraduate projects.
The first place to go to in the quest for grant money is the Research Administration Office at WCU; they must not only approve all external grant money (funding from a source outside of WCU), but they are also the best resource on campus for finding and applying for external grant monies.
External Grant Funding Information from Sources on the Web
1. Grants.gov: a database of all grants available from the US Government.
2. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: a database of funding offered by
the federal government for any citizen with any need, including students who
want to do research. http://www.cfda.gov/
3. The Community of Science: provides not only funding opportunities, but also
information and resources for anyone doing any sort of scientific
4. Fundsnet Services Online: provides funding information for nearly every
5. Grants Resource Center’s Grant Search: a database of grant money specifically
for undergraduate students. It does require a password, as it is a service WCU
subscribes to, so visit this website for the link to the site, and
follow the instructions to receive your login information.
6. GrantsNet: a division of Science magazine dedicated to the funding of research
and training in the sciences.
Other Scholarships and Grants
Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Dissertation Fellowships for Minorities:
Available to seniors who are US citizens planning to enroll in research-based
doctoral programs in a wide variety of fields and are also members of any of the
following ethnic groups: Alaskan native, Native American Indian, Black/African
American, Mexican American/Chicanos, Native Pacific Islander, or Puerto
Fulbright Grants: Fulbright Grants are available to graduating students who
propose a clear program of study to be carried out in a particular academic
setting abroad. The location must be essential to the research project. Fluency in
the host language is preferred, and a strong background in American culture and
host current events are critical for selection (WCU contact is Dean Brian
Railsback at The Honors College, 828.227-7383).
National Science Foundation: Three-year graduate research fellowships in
science, mathematics, engineering, and social sciences are awarded for study
and research leading to master's or doctoral degrees in mathematical, physical,
biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history
of science and the philosophy of science, and to research-based PhD degrees in
science education. The stipend is $14,000 for a twelve-month tenure and tuition
waiver at US institutions. A $1,000 international research travel allowance is also
available. Senior/US citizen/US national/Resident alien.
Plum Youth Grants: Plum Youth Grants are given to people under the age of
25 who take action to make a difference and change the world. If your
undergraduate research project is of this magnitude, explore this website.
GrantsNet: GrantsNet is a search engine sponsored by the Science
Journal. This database contains hundreds of national and international grants
that can be discovered by typing in your research topic in the search query. This
is a great place to begin looking for grants.
Organization of American States Scholarship: The OAS program of scholarship
and training assists member states with their efforts in human resource
development. The OAS is committed to identifying and implementing strategies
for increasing access to higher education. Some OAS scholarships can be used
for undergraduate research and graduate study.