Funding Opportunities

Summer Funding

IBACS Graduate Fellowships

The CT Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS) typically offers 12-15 fellowships each summer. Students participate in a short grant writing workshop during May. Fellows who submit their grant before March 1st of the following year may receive additional funds at that time.


  • Students must be working on topics related to the IBACS mission are eligible to apply, with priority given to students working across traditional disciplinary boundaries.
  • Students  in receipt of UConn or external funds for the summer period exceeding $4,000, (such as an NSF or NIH fellowship, teaching contract, etc.) or have fewer than 10 hours per week to dedicate to the fellowship are not eligible to apply for an IBACS Graduate Fellowship.
  • Both U.S. Citizens and Non-U.S. Citizens are eligible to apply.
  • Previous Fellows are eligible to apply again. However, prior fellows who did not subsequently submit an external fellowship application (or for non-US citizens, your advisor did not subsequently submit an external grant application), are not eligible for another fellowship barring mitigating circumstances.

Deadline: Typically early December.

ECOM Summer Graduate Fellowships

The Expression, Communication, and Origins of Meaning (ECOM) Research Group is pleased to introduce its Summer Graduate Research Fellowship Program, which will support UConn graduate students pursuing ECOM-related work.

Applicants should propose a project (a paper, conference submission, interdisciplinary workshop, or grant application) that will foster academic progress on topics related to the mission of ECOM, and which has the potential of reaching beyond the confines of one discipline. Proposed interdisciplinary collaborative projects will be given special consideration. In the case of proposed workshops, ECOM will supplement funding for carrying out the proposed event.

Deadline: Early April.

Travel Funding

Psychological Sciences Department Travel Funding

Graduate students in their first 5 years of studies are eligible for up to $500 of travel funding per year. This funding is restricted to first authors presenting University of Connecticut research material. To obtain these funds, students should complete the Psychological Sciences Department Travel Award Application and submit it to the Psychological Sciences front office. The Psych Sciences front office will then be able to use these funds to process reimbursements or pay for travel up front.

Psychological Sciences Department Workshop Funding

Graduate students are eligible for a one-time award of $500 to support attendance at workshop(s) on a topic important for their research. To obtain these funds, students should complete the Psychological Sciences Workshop Fellowship Application and submit it to the Psychological Sciences front office. The Psych Sciences front office will then be able to use these funds to process reimbursements or pay for travel up front.

Graduate School Doctoral Student Travel Award

Graduate students are eligible for a one-time award of $750 to support active participation in domestic or international meetings of professional societies directly associated with a doctoral student’s research.

In conjunction with a conference, symposia, seminar, colloquia or workshop (this category is in support of and not attendance to), the student must:

  1. Present a research paper or poster session; or
  2. Be a chairman of a research session; or
  3. Participate in the role of the discussant (for full presentation papers) on a symposium panel; or
  4. Participate in a gallery opening, solo, choral, orchestral, musical, and dance performances.

The Grad School funding is allocated twice per year. Funds are limited and are not guaranteed. Funds are available one time only during a student’s academic career. Any unused funds will not be available for future use.

Funding is dispersed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Fall travel is from July 1 and December 31. Applications open in mid-June. Spring travel is from January 1 and June 30. Applications open in mid-December. Students are encouraged to submit their applications soon after they open and to save their travel funds for an event that will use the entire amount, as remaining money will not be available to apply to future travel.

All funding from the Graduate School is distributed via reimbursements, so students will not be able to claim funds until after their travel has occurred.

Conference-Specific Travel Funding

Students are encouraged to look for travel awards offered by the conferences they are planning to attend. Examples: Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Society for Research in Child Development, Society for the Scientific Study of Reading.

Internal Fellowships

Science of Learning & Art of Communication Training Grant

One full year (fall, spring, summer) of funding.

Current 1st and 2nd year PhD students in any of our participating programs are eligible to apply to participate in the SLAC program. US citizens/green card holders can apply for fellowships; others may become an associate trainee. Fellows will receive one year of funding. Fellows and associate trainees will be able to apply for occasional additional funding opportunities.


  • Trainees must complete the following SLAC course requirements.
    •  2-semester SLAC Seminar
    • 1-semester SLAC Practicum
    • 1-credit Outreach Seminar
    • 1-credit SLAC Skills (Professional Development) seminar
  • Trainees must commit at least to these additional SLAC activities throughout their PhD.
    • Commit to active SLAC participation throughout PhD, not just the traineeship year
    • Attend the Skills seminar regularly after the traineeship year
    • Attend weekly SLAC talks
    • Participate in or launch a Challenge Team
  • Trainees must commit to the following at least once during their PhD
    • Serve 1 year on a SLAC committee
    • Attend the Professional Development seminar when relevant
    • Help organize J-Term Primers

For more information, check out the SLAC Trainee Application page. Applications are due early March.

IBACS-BIRC Research Assistantships in Neuroimaging (IBRAIN)

Up to 2 full years (fall, spring, potentially summer) of funding.

The CT Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS) is offering graduate assistantships of 10 hours per week during Fall and Spring semesters at the Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC). During their first year, assistants will be trained in neuroimaging methods, data science, and reproducibility. Assistants will spend the remaining allocated hours at BIRC, supporting users of BIRC facilities. This could involve helping design and implement experimental procedures for fMRI, EEG, tDCS, TMS etc., recruitment and prepping of participants, data analysis, or overseeing use of equipment by others. Applicants will be expected to commit to the full duration of the assistantship (Fall & Spring).


  • Graduate Students at UConn working on topics related to the IBACS mission are eligible to apply, with priority given to students whose research will involve, or has involved, neuroimaging methods (fMRI, dEEG, tDCS, or TMS), and who will incorporate these methods into their master’s or dissertation research. Subject to funding and other constraints, these assistantships could be renewed for a further year.
  • Graduate students intending to apply who are not already IBACS affiliates should fill out the affiliate membership form available here.
  • Recipients of the IBACS Graduate Fellowship are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be able to commit to 10 hours per week during the Fall and Spring semesters. This usually means that more than 10 hours of TA or other commitment renders you ineligible.

For more information, click here.

External Fellowships

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)

The NSF GRFP is a highly prestigious pre-doctoral fellowship providing 3 full years (fall, spring, summer) of support.

Applicants must self-certify that they are eligible to receive the Fellowship. To be eligible, an applicant must meet all of the following eligibility criteria by the application deadline:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • Intend to enroll or be enrolled full-time in a research-based graduate degree program in an eligible Field of Study in STEM or STEM education
  • Have never previously accepted a GRFP award
  • If previously offered a GRFP award, have declined by the deadline
  • Have never previously applied to GRFP while enrolled in a graduate degree program
  • Have never earned a doctoral degree
  • Have never earned a master's, professional, or bachelor's-master's degree in any field, unless returning to graduate study after an interruption of at least two (2) years
  • Not be a current NSF employee

Number of Times Individuals May Apply

  • Undergraduate seniors and bachelor's degree holders may apply before enrolling in a degree-granting graduate program.
  • Graduate students enrolled in a degree-granting graduate program are limited to only one application to the GRFP, submitted in the first year or at the beginning of the second year of their degree program.

Deadline: Typically late October

National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual National Research Service Award (NIH NRSA)

The NRSA is a prestigious predoctoral (F31) or postdoctoral (F32) research grant. Students should work with their advisors as well as the departmental Grants Management advisor to submit an F31 or an F32. These awards are only available to U.S. Citizens. They will provide up to 3 full years (fall, spring, summer) of support. Students may revise and resubmit the same proposal up to 2 times (3 total submissions).

Deadlines: There are 3 cycles of grant review every year. Applications are due in early April, early August, and early December annually.

This page last updated 2/26/2019.