Funding Opportunities

Because financial support for the SRI is derived from a patchwork of different grants and programs, the application process can seem complicated. Here are a few issues you should keep in mind:

  1. Some internships have specific application deadlines, while others have rolling acceptance.
  2. Some internships are limited to students in specific science disciplines (e.g., biomedical sciences), whereas others can be used by students in any science discipline.
  3. Some internships are offered by the College, some by departments, and others by individual faculty.
  4. Students can receive internships to work in laboratories at Barnard or other universities in NYC.

It is best to pursue funding opportunities in consultation with a department or with a faculty mentor.

Below, we summarize the internship programs available to Barnard students.

Amgen Foundation

Funds one student per summer to perform biomedical research. This program is competitive; apply through SURF. Application deadline is 1 Feb at 5 pm. For details, visit the Amgen website.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Funds up to 8 students per summer to perform biomedical research. Application deadline is 1 Feb at 5 pm. For details, visit the SURF website.

Beckman Scholars

The Beckman Scholars Program provides exceptionally talented undergraduate scholars with meaningful research opportunities in Biology, Chemistry, or Neuroscience & Behavior. We especially encourage applicants who are sophomores or first-year students with strong research interests or experience. For details, visit the Beckman website. Recruitment for 2018 is dependent on renewed funding from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. 

Clare Boothe Luce Scholars

The CBL Program provides exceptionally talented undergraduate scholars with meaningful computational research opportunities in the physical sciences, pure & applied mathematics, and computer science. For details, visit the Clare Boothe Luce website

Provost’s Summer Research Internship

The Provost provides stipends for students to perform research in any science discipline. Details will be provided in the spring semester.

Con Edison

Funds about three students per summer. Fellows must be from under-represented communities. For details, contact Dean Evelyn Leong.

Science Departments

There are also various funding sources administered by each of the science departments. You should contact the relevant departmental administrator for details.

Individual Faculty Research Grants

Barnard faculty members receive grants from a variety of federal granting agencies (e.g., National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation), private foundations and pharmaceutical companies. They often have money from these grants dedicated to undergraduate summer internships. To obtain these funds, you will need to contact individual faculty.