Travel Grants

Travel grants are available each fall and spring to undergraduate neuroscience and behavioral biology students. They are open to students who are presenting at a research conference on behalf of their research lab. These awards can be used for hotel accommodations, transportation, food, and membership fees. The program office will email students each semester to give explicit details on the application deadline date. Students that are awarded travel grants will be informed of the reimbursement process.

Application Deadline

  • Fall 2022: 4 PM September 23, 2022
  • Spring 2023: 4 PM February 24, 2022

Application Materials

  • Research proposal
  • Detailed budget
  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation from a PI

Email application to the Program Office.

Reimbursement Process

You must save all receipts to be reimbursed. You will not be reimbursed without an itemized receipt for all cash reimbursements, and for all credit card reimbursements an itemized receipt must be accompanied by your credit card receipt. Please save all receipts when in doubt. Only food and transportation are reimbursable – no alcohol. Contact Linda M. White for reimbursement questions.

Research Grants & Awards

David S. Olton Research Award

The David S. Olton Award is given annually to support undergraduate research in the area of the biology of behavior, broadly defined. Undergraduate students from Johns Hopkins psychology, behavioral biology, and neuroscience are encouraged to apply. The award is $4,000. This award is a research award, designed specifically to help students complete a research project of their own that they might not otherwise be able to carry out due to financial limitations. The award can potentially cover a wide range of costs including stipend support (either during the academic year or the summer) or supplies essential to the project. Note the award is not intended for permanent lab equipment for PIs (see below).

Deadline: 4 PM December 9, 2022

Email application materials to Linda White.

Applications should include:

  1. A short proposal (up to a maximum of 3 pages + 1 page Literature Cited), the proposal should include:
    • An Introduction that describes the background to a broad expert scientific audience, and the research question(s) and/or hypothesis(es) of the project. 
    • A Methods section that describes how the hypothesis will be tested, what techniques will be used and the expected resulting data.
    • A Student Contribution and Timeline section that includes specifically what the student will be doing on the project and how/whether the project ties into other researchers’ concurrent projects in the laboratory
    • Literature Cited (at least 5)
  2. A 1-page budget with justification including how this award will contribute to your ability to complete the project. If equipment is included for the laboratory it must be clear why this is crucial to the applicant’s project. This should also be discussed in the letter of support from the research sponsor.
  3. A letter of support from your research sponsor (emailed directly to the program administrator from the research sponsor)
  4. A 1-page summary of research and course experience relevant to the project
  5. An unofficial transcript

Key criteria for grant selection in critical order are:

  1. Is the project within the scope of the award – behavioral biology broadly defined? Is there behavioral relevance to the project?
  2. Student independence, contribution and feasibility.
    • Was the proposal written by the student?
    • Does the student demonstrate an understanding of the project (including literature cited)?
    • Is the proposed research feasible for the student to conduct?
  3. Quality of science.

The award was established in remembrance of David S. Olton, a professor of psychology at the Johns Hopkins University, who was a leader in the field of hippocampus research. During his career, Olton published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and pioneered the use of the radial arm maze as an important tool in the investigation of learning and memory. He contributed to our understanding of the hippocampus by investigating how aging affects memory, and exploring the use of drug therapies to curb memory loss. Olton also helped design the parameters of the existing Program in Behavioral Biology, and was influential in the decision to renovate Ames Hall.

Shortly after his passing in 1994, his family established the fund in his honor. As undergraduate research had been an interest of Olton’s during his time at Hopkins, the fund was designed with that aspect in mind.

Hopkins Office of Undergraduate Research

 Summer PURA awards provide $6000 to conduct summer research! Due February 1 (11:59 pm)

Who is eligible to apply?

All registered Hopkins undergraduates (current freshmen, sophomores, juniors) in good academic standing (not on academic probation or suspension) are eligible. HOUR especially encourages applications from students from underserved backgrounds (e.g. first-generation students, low-income backgrounds), students who are underrepresented in STEM fields, and/or those who may not have previously had an opportunity for a research experience. This program is NOT open to post-bac students (students that have just graduated prior to the summer of the program).

What kind of projects are accepted?

Research, scholarly, or artistic activities that lead to the production of new knowledge; to increased problem solving capabilities, including design and analysis; to original, critical or historical theory and interpretation; or to the production of art or artistic performance.

What is an ‘independent” research, scholarly, or creative project?

  • Independent projects (in any field) can be a unique project conceived of by the student with a university mentor providing guidance and support. HOUR is happy to help students connect with a mentor if they have been unable to identify one.
  • Independent projects can also take place in a larger group or lab, where the undergraduate is assigned an identified portion of the project. The undergraduate is given ‘ownership’ of that portion as it contributes to the larger project.

JHU Dean’s ASPIRE Grants

The Dean’s ASPIRE Grants (Arts and Sciences Projects, Investigations, and Research Endeavors) are designed to promote independent research projects among our exceptional undergraduate students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS). These awards, which range from $500 to $4,500, enable undergraduates in KSAS to pursue original research, work closely with a Hopkins faculty mentor, and advance knowledge for the world. Awardees have an entire year to use the funding.

KSAS undergraduates in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences are all eligible for these awards. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply. (Seniors are not eligible to apply for these awards.)

Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship (for freshman)

The Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program provides funding and support to a select group of Krieger School undergraduates. The program enables students to pursue unique research opportunities that exceed what is typically available to undergraduates.
Woodrow Wilson Fellows begin working on project design and implementation during the first semester of their award and carry that research through to graduation. In addition to the support they find from their peers during workshops, they also work one-on-one with a faculty mentor and receive supervision from the program director.

Each fellow receives up to $10,000 of funding over four years (up to $7,500 for sophomores) to be spent on research costs, which may include travel, equipment, and use of archives or laboratories. Fellows will focus on their undergraduate fields of specialization to pursue one or more intensive research projects, crafted in conjunction with the director of undergraduate research and the fellow’s faculty mentor. The fellowship is a multi-year research project, and fellows are expected to dedicate at least 2-3 full summers to their research projects.

Also see the Goldwater Scholarship under “Fellowships”

Curt Richter Award (for seniors)

The Curt P. Richter Award in Behavioral Biology Research is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in the David S. Olton Behavioral Biology Program. It is awarded to a selected graduating senior to recognize his/her dedication to excellence in education and research. Dr. Richter is a former Hopkins graduate with a passion for science and research.

Internship Grants

Have you found an internship you would like to do over the summer but need some $ to make it happen? Up to $2,500 to assist in expenses for summer internships. Deadlines are 01/24 and 04/17.


The Goldwater Scholarship

The Goldwater Scholarship was established to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics in the U.S. Awards are made annually, with each scholarship providing a maximum of $7,500 per year for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Sophomore applicants are eligible for two years of support; junior applicants are eligible for one year of support.

Must be US citizen, Sophomore or Junior, with a GPA of 3.7 or higher. MUST be intent on pursuing a PhD and a career in research.

The Boran Scholarship

Funding for study abroad carried out in regions and languages deemed critical to U.S. national security is available via The Boran Scholarship.

The Truman Scholarship

The Truman Scholarship recognizes exceptional readiness for a career in government or public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate studies, participate in leadership development programs, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government. There’s also a significant cohort experience for Truman Scholars including leadership seminars and government or non-profit internships.