Funding Opportunities

Because financial support for the SRI is derived from a combination of grants and programs, the application process can seem complicated. But if you are concerned about the process, we encourage you to stay in touch with your department’s Faculty SRI Representative (and to ask questions at sri@barnard.edu). Here are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Some funding sources have specific application deadlines, while others have rolling acceptance.
  • 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.
  • Some internships are offered by the College, some by departments, and others by individual faculty.
  • Students can receive SRI funding to work in laboratories at Barnard or other colleges, institutions, and universities.

There are only four ways that students can secure funding to participate in SRI:

  1. Most students in SRI receive funding directly through their affiliated department. The faculty in each department allocate and make decisions about these funds (which are provided to the departments by the Office of the Provost), based on the availability of slots for SRI students.
  2. Many students working with Barnard faculty receive funding directly from their faculty mentor, typically because the mentor’s research is supported by an individual grant. You can talk with your mentor to ask if this is the case.
  3. External mentors at other institutions may -- in a manner similar to case #2 -- be able to fund students. If you are working with an external faculty mentor, you should ask whether the mentor has the capacity to fund all or part of your research. Again, see our FAQ for tips on having this conversation about asking for funding.
  4. As we note on the Funding Opportunities Page, there are a few other prestigious awards/programs that students annually pursue to fund their research. These include the Amgen Foundation Award, Columbia SURF, Beckman Scholars, Clare Boothe Luce, Con Edison, and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Internship Program.

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

Provost Office Summer Research Institute Funding and Departmental Grants

Most students in SRI receive funding through the Barnard College Office of the Provost, or through a Barnard Departmental Grant. Faculty in each department allocate funds based on the availability of slots for SRI students.

Amgen Foundation

Funds one student per summer to perform biomedical research. This program is competitive; apply through Columbia Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). For details, visit the Amgen website.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Funds up to 8 students per summer to perform biomedical research. 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.

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.

Con Edison Grants

Funds three students per summer. Fellows must be from under-represented communities. For details, contact Evelyn Leong in the Dean of Studies Office (eleong@barnard.edu).

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 (among others). They often have money from these grants dedicated to undergraduate summer internships. To obtain these funds, you will need to contact individual faculty.

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (Summer Intern Program)

The Lamont-Doherty Summer Intern Program offers the chance to experience scientific research as an undergraduate. 

Applicants should have an interest in conducting research in the Earth or ocean sciences. Two previous Earth- or ocean-science courses are desirable if they are available to the student. All students are required to have at least one year of calculus. Students choosing research in geochemistry and chemical oceanography are required to have at least two semesters of college-level chemistry. Students choosing research in marine biology are required to have at least two semesters of college-level biology. Students choosing research in geophysics should have at least three semesters of college-level physics.

For details, visit the Lamont-Doherty website.