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Undergraduate Research Awards

The University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) offers undergraduate research awards annually in three disciplinary areas: the arts and humanities; social sciences; and sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Each award consists of a $1,000 stipend.

The purpose of these awards is to recognize undergraduate students who have distinguished themselves through their excellence in research conducted while abroad on UCEAP and to encourage other students to become involved in research efforts abroad. These awards also recognize UC’s initiatives to internationalize the undergraduate educational experience and promote undergraduate research activities.



Former or current UCEAP students may apply for the UCEAP undergraduate research awards provided that they:

  1. Conducted research in any academic discipline as an undergraduate student on UCEAP.
  3. Will have completed a final paper or project based on that research by the end of spring term 2019.
  5. Have been an enrolled UC student within six months of the application deadline.

Re​search in any academic discipline is eligible for these awards.

Application Instructions

Deadline: Students must submit completed applications electronically from May 1, 2019 to August 1, 2019 to Projects completed after this date may be submitted for consideration in the following year.

Please read the following carefully as the application instructions have changed. A completed application includes:

·         An Application Form
·         A student statement* including the following:
o   A one-page (double-spaced) program description: Where? When? For how long? What kind of coursework or other experiential learning opportunities did it include? Be sure to explain how the project fits in to the overall education abroad experience  
o   A two-page (double-spaced) project description summarizing the research topic or goals, methodology or approach, results or outcomes, and relevance to the discipline(s) and/or community
o   A one-page (double-spaced) description of how the education abroad experience and the time you spent on-site enhanced your learning experience, your personal experience, and your academic, personal, and/or professional goals contributed to the student's learning and research activities
·       Project output: link(s) or document(s) such as photos of artistic productions, links to online portfolios or videos, academic papers, posters, or presentations etc.

·     A Faculty Recommendation Form, completed by the faculty advisor most familiar with the research or creative project

    *Please include the program description, project description, and education abroad experience in one word document with titles for each section

Judging Applications

Applications​ are assigned to one of three broad disciplinary areas—arts and humanities, social sciences, and sciences, technology, engineering, and math—by the Undergraduate Research Awards Selection Committee. This committee will consist of UCEAP faculty and staff from the Systemwide Office and the UC campuses. If the selection committee deems that an application falls outside the areas of expertise of its members, additional UC faculty reviewers may be solicited.

Research projects described in applications will be judged on the basis of creativity, rigor, clarity, completeness, and organization, as well as the degree to which they constitute original contributions to their disciplines and display students' facility with the research enterprise. The role of international education to the success of the project is also important. The strength of the faculty recommendation and persuasiveness of the applicant’s description of his or her learning experience will also be considered.

Note: The application process above is constructed to assist UCEAP in nominating outstanding undergraduate research projects for a national competition for student research projects, namely the Forum on Education Abroad's Award for Academic Achievement Abroad. The winners of the Forum's competition are invited to present their projects at the Forum's Annual Conference and have their papers published in a special issue of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad.

Three UCEAP participants won awards for the 2016-17 academic year:

  • Aaliyah Muhammad, UCR. UCEAP program Pacific Island Environmental & Community Health, Australia & Solomon Islands. Project: "Are the People of the Solomon Islands Food Sovereign? The Food Behaviors and Realities of the Dunde Community"

The two who have been nominated to represent UCEAP at the national Forum Competition are:

  • Joel van de Sande, UCSC. UCEAP program Sciences Po Paris, France. Project: "Ideologies of Reproduction and Race in the Weimar Republic"
  • Molly McNeely, UCB. UCEAP program Lund University, Sweden. Project: "Analysis of Embryonic Bone Development by X-Ray Computed Tomographic Imaging"
Previous UC students who have won the National Forum Award for Academic Achievement Abroad (formerly the Undergraduate Research Award) include:
  • 2011 — Richard Hong, UCSD. UCEAP Field Research Program in Mexico.  Project:  "Upon Greater Security, Greater Vulnerability: How the Growing Presence of Border Enforcement in Mexico has Affected the Flow of Central American Immigrants”​
  • 2009 — Kenneth Richard Wong, UCSD. UCEAP program at University of Ghana.   Project: “Not Mosquito Bitten into Action:  Delays of Pediatric Malaria Treatment in Ghana”
  • 2007 — Brittany Murlas, UCB. UCEAP program at University of Ghana  Project: “Mother Tongue Literacy in Ghana: A Sociolinguistic Approach”
  • 2006 — Jason Nossiter, UCSB. UCEAP program in Political Science, Sciences Po, France. Project: “France Says ‘Non’: Elites, Publics and the Defeat of the EU Constitutional Treaty”


  • UCEAP personnel and students (outgoing and returning) will be notified by email of this program and its requirements and deadlines in February 2019.
  • The selection committee will announce the award winners in August 2019.
  • Information on award recipients and their projects will be distributed to the UCEAP community in September 2019 for use in outreach, recruitment, and advising materials or activities.