By applying for the URCA Grant you become an integral part of the research community at UCSB and will develop important skills like taking a research project from conception to completion, learning how a typical grant application process works and getting hands-on experience with research.

To qualify for an URCA grant, you must meet a few general requirements and submit a completed proposal online by the application deadline. If you receive an URCA grant, you must present your work at URCA Week the following May.

Applications for the Academic Year 2023-2024 cycle have closed. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a UCSB undergraduate in good academic standing and remain so throughout the funding period, which is the academic year in which you apply.
  • Be currently engaged in a research or creative project, or planning to initiate one. Grants cannot be awarded retroactively for completed projects.
  • Identify a faculty member who is willing to supervise your project, and will fill out an online form on your behalf as a part of your grant application. Your faculty mentor must be the instructor of a department seminar or a member of the Academic Senate. (You can view the membership list here)

Award Terms

If you are awarded an URCA grant, you must participate in at least one of the forums at UCSB Undergraduate Research Week in May.

Application Requirements

  • Application form
  • 750-1000 word project plan
  • 100 word abstract
  • Detailed budget (must use official form)
  • Faculty mentor endorsement form

Application Guide