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Funding Your Connecting Experience

BDP Connecting Experience Scholarship

We have scholarships available to support you during your Connecting Experience. You may submit a BDP scholarship application along with a Connecting Experience contract. Scholarship applications are due on the Connecting Experience proposal deadline.

Typical awards range from $200-$2,500 based on a student’s individual situation. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, and both financial need and merit will be considered, so include as much information as possible in your application.

Please note that BDP scholarships are disbursed after a Connecting Experience begins. If you receive an award, you will need to pay program, travel or other fees before you receive any funds from our office. If you are currently receiving financial aid and you are awarded a BDP scholarship, we recommend that you speak with a counselor in the Office of Student Financial Services to determine whether your Connecting Experience scholarship will affect your existing aid package.

UT Funding Resources

Worried about landing a BDP scholarship? Check out these other funding opportunities! Also consult your college, department, and faculty mentor for other possibilities.

BDP Opportunities Blog
We frequently list scholarships, along with possible Connecting Experience opportunities, on our blog.

Undergraduate Research Fellowship
These fellowships provides support for independent scholarly research projects conducted by full-time UT undergraduate students enrolled in any department.

College of Liberal Arts Research Scholarships
Many are scholarships listed are open to undergraduate students conducting research under the supervision of a faculty member.

College of Natural Sciences Research Fellowships
The College of Natural Sciences funds and/or administers a number of fellowships for students doing research. Many outside sources of funding for students engaged in research are also listed.

School of Undergraduate Studies Exploration Grant
These are competitive grants awarded to students enrolled in the School of Undergraduate Studies seeking funds to promote academic and career exploration. Grants can be requested in any amount up to $2,000.

Senate of College Councils Undergraduate Research Grant.
This $1,000 award seeks to encourage students to get involved in research early in their undergraduate experience. Eligible applicants include students assisting a faculty member on that faculty member’s research project and students conducting independent research.

Study Abroad Office Scholarships
The Study Abroad Office offers a thorough list of funding opportunities to students seeking to study or conduct research abroad.

Additional Awards for Undergraduate Research

Roy Crane Award in the Arts
The Roy Crane Award in the Arts is given to a student of The University of Texas at Austin for unique, creative effort in the performing, literary and visual arts.

University Co-op/George H Mitchell Undergraduate Student Awards for Academic Excellence
The University of Texas at Austin, with the generous support of the University Co-op, annually recognizes nine UT undergraduates for superior scholarly or creative achievement. Five students receive awards of $2,000 each, three students receive awards of $5,000 each, and one student is awarded the grand prize of $20,000.

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates
The National Science Foundation funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students at universities across the United States. Students apply directly to the program at the host university. To search for available programs, visit the web site listed above. Students selected to participate in these programs are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel expense.