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Research Funding

Western Carolina has a long tradition of supporting undergraduate student's creative and research-based projects. Funding opportunities are available for students interested in conducting research or creative inquiry and traveling to disseminate research.   



Undergraduate Research Funding

Students participating, planning to participate, or having wrapped up a recent project should consider funding opportunities sponsored by the Office of the Provost and campus partners like, the Chancellor's Office, the Brinson Honors College, and the Graduate School.

Undergraduate students from all disciplines are eligible for undergraduate research funding opportunities, but some restrictions may apply. Please review the guidelines and requirements for each funding opportunity. Dates and deadlines apply.


Students in an art class doing research


The Office of the Provost sponsors Undergraduate Academic Project Grants (APGs) to fund project-related expenses. Students who submit a proposal can be granted up to $500 in project-related support. Faculty members can submit proposals on behalf of student groups. Proposals are accepted on a 4-month cycle between October and March. Find out the cycle dates and learn more by clicking the link below.

About APGs

Students from NCUR


Each year, Western Carolina University supports a limited number of students in applying for and attending the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).  Students accepted to NCUR have the opportunity to present their undergraduate research along with peers from across disciplines. Since 1987, NCUR has been a flagship conference for undergraduate researchers to share, celebrate, and promote their research achievements. Western Carolina University has established itself as a national leader in undergraduate research having ranked in the Top 10 for the number of projects accepted to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research annually since 2006.

About NCUR Travel Support

Students attending the socon undergraduate research forum


The Southern Conference (SoCon) Academic Exchange hosts the annual SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) in the fall on the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC.  This multidisciplinary conference brings together approximately 150 student presenters from all ten colleges/universities of the SoCon for a two-day event that features projects in the arts and humanities, as well as the STEM disciplines.

SURF is an awesome opportunity for all students involved in research and creative activities, particularly for those involved in these activities from the summer, to display their accomplishments in a variety of small, welcoming venues.  Please note that there is no registration fee, and standard conference expenses will be covered by the university upon acceptance. The SoCon will provide meals for most of the conference. 

This year the SURF conference will be held October 13 - 14, 2023 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The application form is now open! Click on the grey button below.

Application form closes on September 8, 2023.

Students will be notified of acceptance to present at SURF 2023 no later than September 15, 2023.

For questions and inquiries about this conference, please contact Dr. Robert Youker, Associate Professor of Biology, at


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