Undergraduate Research Grants

As a major research university, UNH provides all students with unique and valuable opportunities to conduct research and study abroad during their undergraduate years. In addition to the programs and resources available on UNH's main campus in Durham, UNH Manchester supports students in a variety of ways.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) supports students with their research and creative projects by funding Undergraduate Research Awards (URAs) and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs).

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Summer Undergraduate Research Fund

SURF grants a $3,500 stipend for full-time summer research (10 weeks for SURF USA, 9 weeks for SURF Abroad). Up to $600 of support for research expenses is also available. Your faculty mentor receives a $600 stipend. These grants may support research that contributes to a senior project or thesis. SURF recipients are not allowed to be enrolled in summer courses during the award period unless they receive prior approval from the Hamel Center director.

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International Research Opportunities Program

We encourage research, scholarly, and creative projects for undergraduate students in all UNH academic disciplines by funding international summer research. IROP grants are competitive awards supporting qualified projects in diverse settings: universities, government agencies, museums, archives, art galleries, archeological and historical sites, research libraries, laboratories, and field sites. By working closely with a UNH mentor, students identify potential research sites and foreign mentors, and address issues of cross-cultural preparation.

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Manchester Undergraduate Project Support

The Manchester Undergraduate Project Support (MUPS) fund is available to undergraduate students to provide modest institutional support to assist in research activities. For the purpose of this award, research is defined broadly. It may include scientific investigation, scholarly exploration, creative works, or community outreach. Funds can be used for legitimate expenses related to undergraduate student projects.

This fund will support expenses such as materials, supplies, travel, attendance at professional meetings, and/or to present undergraduate student work. Manchester Undergraduate Project Support is intended to supplement not replace other types of undergraduate research assistance, such as UROP or SURF awards, INCO 590, and other University assistance.

Each semester, students may request between $25 and $500. The official funding cycle is at the beginning of each semester during the academic year and students will be notified of their funding status by the drop date for that semester.

Students may apply more than once for student research support, though students who have not previously received the award will have priority. Any funds not awarded during the official funding cycle may be utilized to fulfill requests throughout the semester and/or summer on an as needed basis.

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