Prestigious Scholarships: Goldwater, Truman, Udall and more

There are many national prestigious scholarships available for undergraduate work relating to research. These carry significant financial awards as well as ongoing prestige for your resume. Among these, The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship awards $7,500 for up to two years toward the pursuit of an undergraduate degree. Goldwater Scholarship Flyer. Applicants should show a demonstrated interest in research within mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering. Research demonstration is typically exemplified through prior participation in labs and/or presentations given. There are also highly prestigious international scholarships to consider for after graduation.

UC Davis has a prestigious scholarship advisor available to help you apply.

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF)

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) promotes sustainable development by providing necessary monetary resources to the UC Davis community. As part of a higher education institution, TGIF will involve and educate students of all backgrounds by empowering them to develop, propose, and enact sustainable projects on campus.  Questions may be directed to the TGIF Grant Manager at  For more information visit  The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF).

Big Bang! Business Competition

Big Bang! is an annual business competition and workshop series geared towards helping students turn their ideas into business ventures. Grants are awarded to undergraduates who are participating. No formal business idea required! For more information visit: Big Bang! Business Competition.  Questions may be directed to Karen Harding-Davis, the Big Bang! Coordinator at

Ellen Hansen Memorial Prize

Awarded annually to a UC Davis woman student whose original creative project best demonstrates the bravery and independence of women. For more information visit the Women's Resources & Research Center Web site.

Green Fellowship - Student-led advancement of social justice, sustainable technology, and environmental sustainability at UC Davis.

Two Green Fellows will be selected and will receive $4,000 each this academic year. This funding is to inspire students to implement a project about the history of social justice and environmental sustainability at UC Davis.

Each fellowship will include an award of $4,000 in direct financial support for the student and an award of up to $2,500 to be used as directed by the adviser to the project for mentorship support or supplies. The first year of Green Fellowships will be awarded in the fall of 2018 so projects can be presented at the time of  the 50th Whole Earth Festival in May 2019 either as a part of the Whole Earth Festival or in the context of an Sustainable Living and Learning Communities Open House at the time of the Festival.  If the Fellowship project will be presented at the Whole Earth Festival, the Fellow is expected to communicate with WEF student leadership throughout their project to ensure coordination. Green Fellows will not be paid members of the WEF staff. The Green Fellowship is open to all students in all majors who have at least a 2.5 GPA.  Details at Green Fellowship.

Norma J. Lang Prize for Undergraduate Information Research

The Norma J. Lang Prize for Undergraduate Information Research recognizes undergraduate students whose research projects make extensive use of UC Davis Library resources, services or expertise and advance student understanding of the academic research process. The annual Lang Prize is awarded in two categories: 1. Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, and 2. Science, Engineering & Mathematics. Typically, the application period opens at the beginning of January with the deadline in late March/early April. Winners are notified toward the end of April/early May. Learn more about the Lang Prize and how to apply.

The Suad Joseph Undergraduate Student Research Awards

The Suad Joseph Undergraduate Student Research Awards are open to all undergraduate students working on Middle East and/or South Asia topics and taking courses related to Middle East or South Asia.  Qualification can be met by doing a 92 or 192, 98 or 198, 99 or 199 or 194H with a professor on a ME/SA related topic-or by taking a course on the Middle East or South Asia or their diaspora.  Three to five awards of $500 each will be awarded. The deadline for applications is typically in November. For more information visit the Suad Joseph Undergraduate Research Awards webpage.  Questions can be directed to:

Undergraduate Research Award in Sociology

Junior and Senior majors who complete a substantial piece of sociological research in the course of their studies are encouraged to submit their research to the department to be considered for the Annual Undergraduate Research Award in Sociology. The deadline for submission of papers is usually in early May and the decision is made by the Undergraduate Program Committee. For more information visit the Sociology website.

Other Grant Opportunities

Visit the Web site for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Don't see your program?

If you have a program that does not appear on this website and you would like to have it included, or if as a program representative you would like changes or additions made to this website, please contact E Nuñez at, Undergraduate Research Center.