Funding Opportunities

Funding is awarded in multiple ways on a competitive basis to undergraduate students engaged in research and creative activities under the mentorship of TU faculty members.

Funding Eligibility Criteria

Undergraduate students who are enrolled in a degree-seeking program full-time at Towson University are eligible to apply for funding that supports undergraduate research and creative activities. 

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCI) Committee is guided by the definition of undergraduate research and creative inquiry given by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) to determine which projects are eligible for fundingThe CUR defines undergraduate research as “an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.” 

Project eligibility

All original scholarly and creative activity appropriate to any discipline at our university is eligible under this program. This includes but is not limited to, for example, research in natural and social sciences, humanities, artistic performances, and works of art.

Applicant eligibility

In addition to being registered as a full-time student at Towson University, the applicant must also meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • The project must be mentored and supported by a full-time TU faculty member

student research & Creative inquiry forum

Call for Applications

The Student Research & Creative Inquiry Forum provides undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to present what they have learned through their research, creative, and scholarly experiences at TU.

Research projects from all disciplines are welcome as the Forum encourages interdisciplinary discourse among student presenters. Undergraduate and graduate students must apply online by April 3, 2018. Early submissions are encouraged as presenter space is limited

Research Impact Awards

These $1000 awards are highly competitive. Applicants must meet all of the funding eligibility criteria outlined above. The next application cycle will open in the fall of 2018.  Questions concerning the Research & Creative Inquiry Award may be directed to .

application process

To apply for a Research and Creative Inquiry Award, you must complete the online application form. Before completing the form, you should prepare:

  • A plain-language abstract of no more than 200 words that describes the project for those unfamiliar with your research or discipline;
  • A project impact statement concisely stating how your project benefits the academic or creative field, or serves the broader community;
  • A concise list of specific goals and brief timeline;
  • A description of your methods to achieve the stated goals and milestones, and;
  • A statement explaining how your research connects to your future personal/professional goals;
  • A copy of your resume/CV. 

For items 2 through 5, write no more than 400 words. These are the most important parts of the application; please take time to compose them well with the guidance of your faculty mentor.

faculty recommendation

Your faculty mentor must submit a confidential letter of support to  no later than November 17, 2017. You should ensure that your faculty mentor will submit a supporting letter on your behalf. Faculty mentors should note the information about faculty responsibilities if the application is successful. 

finalist presentations

A small group of the finalists will be notified by the URCI Committee no later than December 18, 2017. Each finalist will be asked to conduct a short in-person presentation before committee members; the expected timing is the first week of the spring semester.


Travel Grants

An important aspect of the professional life of a scholar is the presentation of results in a professional arena.  In recognition of this, funds up to $300 may be sought to attend a professional meeting or conference at which the student will present an oral seminar or a research poster. To be eligible to request a travel grant, the student must be the main presenter of the work (if there are co-authors, only one of them is the presenter of record), and must have a confirmation letter from the conference organizers verifying that the presentation was accepted.

Unfortunately, URCI funds do not allow the university to fully support every student who is eligible. This means that your request to URCI may be only partially funded; and this is subject to the availability of funds. Please be sure to apply for a travel grant as soon as you have the confirmation that your presentation has been accepted. Please note that students are eligible to receive travel funding only once per academic year.

application process

  • Please fill out the online application form. You will need the following information: proof of presentation acceptance as a PDF file, amount of conference registration (student rate),  and the conference website.
  • You will be notified of the status of the award or application two to three weeks after it is submitted. The URCI Committee reviews applications on a rolling basis.

award conditions

  • Write and submit (to ) a two-page report about your experience that has been reviewed and signed by your faculty mentor. If an acceptable final report is not submitted, all monies must be returned to the university. If monies are not returned, the university will freeze the student's university records.