Research and Graduate Studies

Student Opportunities

CSUN Scholarships

For a list of internal scholarships for CSUN students, please visit the Graduate Studies Funding Opportunities webpage.

CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB)

The CSUPERB Student Travel Grant Program supports CSU student travel to biotechnology-related professional meetings and workshops or to collect biotechnology-related data at shared instrumentation facilities or research sites.

CSU student and faculty researchers who have biological sciences-based product, service or process ideas are eligible for $2500 microgrants.  Site team ideas or projects can originate from student work, student or faculty research (funded or unfunded), or campus projects. 

Student teams start with a biotechnology research-based idea, interview potential customers and partners, and apply creative thought to find a problem-solution fit based on their idea. Teams attend webinars to learn about the customer discovery process, business model canvas concepts, business communications, legal and biotechnology regulatory issues. Webinars are taught by experienced life science entrepreneurs, industry professionals and faculty associated with the CSU I-Corps Biological Sciences Site.

CSUPERB partners with the Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women's Health Research to fund promising undergraduate student research projects in topics related to women's health. Together the Howell Foundation and CSUPERB recognize that research experience is critical to engaging, retaining and graduating students interested in careers in women's health.

CSU Water Resources and Policy Initiative

The California State University is helping change the way California manages water. Founded in 2008 and composed of more than 250 water experts from throughout its 23 campuses, the CSU's Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) is developing water management solutions through research, partnerships, education and training that provides students with hands-on learning. WRPI's offers student internships.

The WRPI is focused on:

  • Educating communities about best practices for water management and creating a training program to help water managers in disadvantaged communities learn efficient water management.
  • Developing internship programs with the USDA and EPA so students can enter the workforce ready to develop solutions for business, government and the public.
  • Commercializing new ideas in water industries and services such as Fresno State’s Center for Irrigation Technology’s innovations that are making irrigation more efficient than ever.

CSU Monterey Bay Regional Ocean Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates

California State University, Monterey Bay, offers a 10-week REU in the beautiful Monterey Bay Region. Students will collaborate with mentors at host institutions to develop hypothesis-driven projects and receive critical feedback from mentors.

California Sea Grant

California Sea Grant offers fellowship opportunities in research, natural resource management, and marine policy that allow graduate students to explore their interests and broaden their experience.

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Clara Mayo Grants

The Clara Mayo Grant program was set up to support masters’ theses or pre-dissertation research on aspects of sexism, racism, or prejudice, with preference given to students enrolled in a terminal master’s program. Studies of the application of theory or the design of interventions or treatments to address these problems are welcome.

Columbia University Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP)

SPHSP is designed for undergraduate students to increase interest in and knowledge of public health and biomedical science careers. The program is designed for undergraduates going into their junior or senior year and recent baccalaureate degree students who are undecided about their career goals. This is a rigorous program which includes Public Health course work at Columbia University; hands-on field experience and immersion in a diverse, economically disadvantaged urban environment; seminars and lectures with public health leaders; and mentoring by faculty members, ensuring students' exposure to the breadth and importance of public health as a career option.

Frederick Douglass Global Fellows

Frederick Douglass Global Fellows will be meritorious men and women who demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary communication skills, possess the hallmarks of self-determination, exhibit characteristics of bold leadership, and have a history of service to others. In the spirit of one of America’s most powerful intellectuals, communicators, and scholars, Frederick Douglass Global Fellows will commit to sharing their experiences and intercultural growth with peers and classmates before, during, and after the fellowship. To become a Frederick Douglass Global Fellow, each student must be nominated and receive a letter of recommendation from the president of their institution following their first year of college. The program is administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI). The deadline to apply for the first round of funding is October 1, 2016. For more information, contact

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A GMS Scholarship provides:

  • Support for the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help aid
  • Renewable awards for Gates Millennium Scholars maintaining satisfactory academic progress
  • Graduate school funding for continuing Gates Millennium Scholars in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science
  • Leadership development programs with distinctive personal, academic and professional growth opportunities.

Graduate Horizons

Graduate Horizons is a competitive graduate school admission workshop for Native college students and college graduates.  The program partners with graduate schools and professional programs to administer our biennial, four-day summer workshop on the graduate admissions process.


The Mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry, and prepare them for corporate and community leadership. The program offers career-related professional paid internships.

Institute for Broadening Participation: Pathways To Science

Pathways to Science is a project of the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP). Pathways to Science supports pathways to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The program places particular emphasis on connecting underrepresented groups with STEM programs, funding, mentoring and resources.  Programs include undergraduate summer research opportunities, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral positions, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Public health Leadership and Learning Undergraduate Student Success (PLLUSS) Program

The PLLUSS Program is a public health leadership and research program for undergraduate sophomore and junior scholars minoring or majoring in public health with at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale. The PLLUSS Program provides scholars with mentored public health research and community health activities, mentorship, and professional development, especially in the area of promotion of health equity and the elimination of health disparities research. PLLUSS scholars will participate in a comprehensive educational and applied public health learning experience that will enhance their abilities to successfully transition to graduate and professional school, and ultimately to a career in public health.

Quality Education for Minorities (QEM)

QEM provides a summer internship program that consists of a  Science Policy Internship supported by the Office of International and Integrative Activities at the National Science Foundation (NSF); and a Science Education Internship supported by the NSF Tribal College and Universities Program (TCUP). The internships are designed to enhance students’ ability to apply their knowledge to a research assignment; increase their understanding of issues in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; and instill a sense of responsibility for assisting underserved groups.

NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI)

The NASA OSSI Online Career Week will connect you with NASA, STEM employers and top graduate programs nationwide. Engage with representatives from all 10 NASA centers to learn about internship, scholarship, and fellowship opportunities available at NASA. Interact with recruiters from top STEM employers, and explore internship and job opportunities in the private sector. Learn about highly ranked STEM graduate programs and network with admissions officers from the comfort of your home, dorm, smartphone or tablet. Register for one or all events and launch your career today!

NASA Minority University Research Education Project

The MUREP Scholarship is a competitive opportunity that focuses on underserved and underrepresented students in STEM disciplines attending a Minority Serving Institutions, MSI. This opportunity is open to students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, specifically in areas of projected deficiencies in the NASA STEM workforce.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Diversity Summer Research Training Program (DSRTP) for Undergraduate Students

The overall goal of this program is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK mission areas. The NIDDK Diversity Summer Program is particularly interested in increasing students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research, including individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds and individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

National Institute on Drug Abuse Summer Research Program

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Summer Research Program encourages students from groups underrepresented in the sciences (American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander), to pursue careers in biomedical and behavioral research.  Through this program, high school and undergraduate students are introduced to the field of substance abuse and addiction research by participating in an 8 week research internship with NIDA’s most distinguished scientists at universities across the United States.  Internship may include laboratory experiments, data collection and analysis, formal courses, participating in scientific meetings, patient interviews, manuscript preparation, library research, and literature reviews.  In addition, it is expected that each intern will deliver a formal presentation on his/her research project at the end of the internship.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Novel, Innovative Tools to Increase Public Awareness and Knowledge of Sickle Cell Disease Undergraduate Challenge”

Deadline: March 7, 2016 11:59 p.m. PDT

Sickle cell disease [SCD] is the most common genetic disorder in the United States. There is a lack of awareness about SCD and associated complications. Where there is some awareness, there are also misunderstandings about the disease that need to be addressed.

The goals of the Challenge are to: 1) generate novel, innovative tools that may be used to increase public awareness and knowledge of SCD and associated complications that could potentially improve patient care; 2) advance the field of implementation science through research training, mentoring, and highlighting the contributions of a new generation of undergraduate researchers using a systems science approach to address multi-faceted problems; and 3) encourage “team science” by providing undergraduate students valuable experiences to pursue science collectively as they engage in complex problem solving to improve health outcomes for SCD.

This Challenge is open to any “Student Team”, defined as a group of at least 3 and not more than 5 individuals each of whom is at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled as a full-time student pursuing an undergraduate or associates degree. The Student Team Captain must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. The Student Team must also be trans-disciplinary, that is, composed of undergraduate students from diverse disciplines such as fine arts, performing arts, humanities, psychology, science, engineering, graphic design, IT (hardware, software), mathematics, statistics, environmental science, computational modeling, and others.

National Research Council of the National Academies - Research Associateship Programs

The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U. S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. The programs provide opportunities for Graduate, Ph.D., Sc.D. or M.D. scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability to perform research on problems largely of their own choosing, yet compatible with the research interests of the sponsoring laboratory. In these programs, prospective applicants select a research project or projects from among the large group of opportunities.

NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)

Deadline: Second Thursday in November, annually

The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering: 1) first-hand research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science, science policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) an orientation to the society, culture and language. The primary goals of EAPSI are to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting, and to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts.

NSF Graduate Research Internship Program

The Division of Graduate Education announces the Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) to provide professional development to NSF Graduate Research Fellows through internships developed in partnership with federal agencies (see the GRIP website for a current list of partner agencies). Through this initiative, NSF Graduate Fellows will participate in mission-related, collaborative research under the guidance of host research mentors at federal facilities and national laboratories. The internship experiences will support Fellows with developing expertise in critical STEM areas, enhancing professional skills, developing networks, and preparing for a wide array of career options. The sponsor agencies will benefit by engaging Fellows in mission-critical projects, helping to develop a highly skilled U.S. workforce in areas of national need. GRIP is open only to NSF Graduate Fellows, recipients of the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award.

Oak Ridge Association of Universities (ORAU)

ORAU administers research internships, scholarships, and fellowships for undergraduate students, graduate students, recent graduates, and postdoctoral fellows. Many programs are through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). Explore the ORAU website for detailed information, current opportunities, and deadlines.

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Program

Deadline: March 15 and October 15 annually

Undergraduate and graduate students may apply for research funding through Sigma Xi's Grants-in-Aid of Research program. The deadline is October 15. The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of science and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision-related research.

U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF)

Applications for 2016 Fellowships accepted starting October 2015

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Stipends start at $600 per week and eligible Fellows will receive an additional travel and housing allowance.

U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Climate, Environment and Energy Efficiency – EPSA Fellowship Program

Deadline: The application will be open based on the needs and available funding of the EPSA Program. There is not a set schedule for open appointments.

EPSA appointments, administered by ORAU through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education (ORISE), are designed to provide undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates the opportunity to participate in project-specific EPSA research and developmental activities. Fellows receive stipends based on academic level and relevant skills and/or experience and may include additional allowances for housing and insurance. Travel to/from appointment in Washington D.C. or other sites may also be included (based on approval and travel policy).

The EPSA Fellowship Program is open to U.S. Citizens only and proof of citizenship is required if selected. Fellowships are awarded based on academic level and skills/experience to students and postgraduates in STEM and related support disciplines. To apply, you must have strong analytical, research, oral and written communication skills, and a demonstrated capacity for creative thinking. You must also be interested in being a part of a multi-disciplinary, fast-paced environment focused on energy and climate change policy and technology. International and public policy experience is desirable.

Expertise in climate and environmental science desirable.

U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

Please note: The SCGSR Program is open to current Ph.D. students, and as such is applicable to CSUN students planning to pursue a Ph.D. at another institution.

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found on the SCGSR webpage.

U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Science Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Applications for the SULI program are solicited annually for three separate internship terms. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the Summer Term (May through August) or 16 weeks in duration for the Fall (August through December) and Spring (January through May) Terms. Each DOE laboratory/facility offers different research opportunities; not all DOE laboratories/facilities offer internships during the Fall and Spring Terms.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) HS-STEM Summer Internships

Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

Graduate students receive a $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

10-week research experiences are offered at: Argonne, Berkeley, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia National Laboratories; as well as at Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, Coast Guard Research and Development Center, Customs and Borders Protection Laboratories and Scientific Services, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Naval Research Laboratory, Engineer Research and Development Center, National Security Technologies Remote Sensing Laboratory, Transportation Security Laboratory, and more.

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.

U.S. citizenship required.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Summer Research Team for Minority Serving Institutions

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors a 10-week summer internship program. This program offers the opportunity to enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS. Faculty, along with undergraduate and graduate students, will engage in research that provides opportunities to help advance the DHS Areas of Research and strengthen the talent pool of scientists and engineers. Selected participants will conduct collaborative research of mutual interest to the Team, the DHS Centers of Excellence and DHS.

Faculty receives a $1,200 weekly stipend.

Graduate students receive a $700 weekly stipend.

Undergraduate students receive a $600 weekly stipend.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Greater Research Opportunities Fellowships program

The EPA GRO program offers undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. Each fellowship may provide up to $50,000 over a two-year period. Fellows receive support for junior and senior years of undergraduate student and for a paid summer internship at an EPA facility between junior and senior years. Approximately 34 awards will be made.

U.S. Geological Survey Graduate Research Internship Program

USGS GRIP Interns can grow professionally with a rewarding research experience and receive mentoring from USGS scientists, all while focusing on providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life. USGS GRIP is part of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Internship Program.