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National Scholarships and Fellowships

Social Science

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop

This workshop is designed to build the talent pool of undergraduate students who plan to pursue doctorate degrees in education research or in disciplines and fields that examine education issues. Applicants are sought who have potential and interest in pursuing careers as education researchers, faculty members, or other professionals who contribute to the research field. The workshop activities take place during the AERA annual meeting.

Deadline is November 15, 2017.


Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) - deadline is April 1, 2017

The Phillips Academy Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) addresses the lack of diversity in the nation's teaching faculties by recruiting outstanding students of color and other scholars committed to diversity, counseling them through the graduate school application process, and advocating for sufficient funding for advanced study. Since 1990, the IRT has built a national consortium of colleges and universities that are eager to enroll IRT students to diversify their graduate student bodies and to expand the pipeline of educators to teach, counsel, and administrate in American schools, colleges, and universities. IRT urges its students to earn their advanced degrees and teaching credentials before they launch their educational careers.


Leadership Alliance - Deadline is February 1, 2017

This program introduces undergraduate students to academic careers in Life Science, Physical Science, Social Science and Humanities through summer research experiences at the following institutions: 

Brown University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Howard University, Hunter College, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Princeton University, Stanford University, Tufts University, University of Chicago, University of Colorado Boulder, Univesity of Maryland (Baltimore County), University of Miami, University of Pennsylvia, University of South Florida, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis, Weill Cornell Programs, and Yale University. 

The program provides students with a mentor, academic research training, and preparation for graduate school applications. Students also present their work at the national symposium.  

Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowships in Law and Social Science for Undergraduate Students - Deadline is February 2017

The American Bar Foundation sponsors an annual program of summer research fellowships to interest undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds in pursuing graduate study in the social sciences. The summer program is designed to introduce students to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in the field of law and social science. Applications open November 2017. 

National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a gorup of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. An REU site may be at either a US or foreign location. 


Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants.  

REU sites are available for the following disciplines: Astronomical Sciences, Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Cyberinfrastructure, Department of Defense, Earth Sciences, Education and Human Resources, Engineering, Ethics and Values Studies, International Science and Engineering, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Ocean Sciences, Physics, Polar Programs, Small Business Innovation Research; Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences.

Deadlines vary depending on location. 


Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

Students conduct research under the mentorship of a faculty member. Students are required to participate in weekly workshops, meetings, and GRE prep. The program is available at universities across the nation. For more information please click here
Deadlines are typicall in late January or early February. 

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at the University of California, Irvine

The SURF at various institutions allows undergraduate students the opportunity to work with faculty mentors on their research projects and present their work. For more information please click here
 Deadline: Late January or early February

The African American Literatures and Cultures Institute 

The University of Texas at San Antonio assists students interested in becoming a professor of African American literary and cultural studies by providing research stipends, mentoring, and academic training.
Deadline to apply is March 2017.

Contact Us 

Michelle Lopez, Assistant Dean
Division of Undergraduate Studies
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive, 
San Diego, CA 92182-1623
Phone: (619) 594-2871
Fax: (619) 594-7934


For Weber Honors College students:

Dr. Martha Enciso
Associate Director, Weber Honors College
San Diego State University
Phone: (619) 594-3834

Office:  Admin 201-D