SOURCE Funded Programs

resources for applicants

SOURCE sponsors a number of programs and funding opportunities to assist students pursuing unpaid research experiences and creative endeavors.

Program Announcements

For the most up-to-date information about a specific SOURCE-funded program, visit that program’s webpage. Announcements about all programs and important deadlines will also be listed on this page.

Summer 2021: We are on as always!

February 23, 2021 Update  SOURCE has made March 7, 2021 the deadline for all SOURCE summer program applications!  SOURCE cannot speak with certainty, but we are optimistic about having an on-campus summer undergraduate research program.  However, SOURCE will accept applications for remote work.  SOURCE understands that if we must move to a hybrid model, the weekly information sessions also will be adjusted to fit our awardees locations.  The application deadlines are:

  • SOURCE PSURG: March 7, 2021
  • SOURCE STEM: March 7, 2021
  • SOURCE AHSS: March 7, 2021
  • SOURCE SURES: March 7, 2021

Everything you need to know to prepare your application already is outlined on each funding program's webpage. Remember: if you have questions, you always can email us at

Summer Undergraduate Research Programs

SOURCE sponsors four funded summer undergraduate research programs. Only Case Western Reserve University students may apply to SOURCE-funded programs and students must identify a faculty project mentor prior to completing any of the four SOURCE Summer programs.

Eligible faculty mentors include our affiliates at the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, the VA Hospital, University Circle museums and other affiliated institutions.  The SOURCE office is available for assistance in identifying a faculty mentor and project.

All students participating in SOURCE-funded summer research programs must follow the SOURCE Summer Course Policy:

Students who are awarded full SOURCE research scholarships ($3,500) cannot enroll in more than one summer class per session for a maximum of 8 hours during the summer.  Please note that SOURCE funded students may not enroll in physics 115, 116, 121, 122, 123 or 124 and participate in a full-time SOURCE funded summer research experience. If students wish to take a physics course or enroll for more than 8 credit hours (4 credits per session) over the summer they must apply as a part-time SOURCE STEM applicant.

In addition to financial support, awardees are supported in their research and creative endeavors through weekly Lunch & Learn professional development seminars. All funding recipients are also expected to present their work at Intersections.

Provost Summer Undergraduate Research Grant (PSURG)

PSURG is a full-time summer program that supports CWRU students specifically in the biological, chemistry and social sciences (especially psychological sciences). This 10-week program offers students a $3,500 stipend and $500 housing allowance. Students who apply to PSURG are automatically considered for STEM funding as well and do not need to apply to both programs.

Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

CWRU undergraduates conducting research related to Science, Engineering, Technology or Mathematics (STEM) are eligible to apply for SOURCE STEM funding. Students participate in research for up to 10 weeks. The maximum funding for a 10 week experience is $3500. This program allows for reasonable and limited flexibility in the start and stop time of the project and students may propose part-time projects.

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS)

CWRU undergraduates conducting research or participating in creative endeavors in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) are eligible to apply for SOURCE-AHSS summer funding. Students participate in projects for up to 10 weeks. The maximum funding for a 10 week experience is $3500. This program allows for reasonable and limited flexibility in the start and stop time of the project and students may propose  part-time projects.

Summer Undergraduate Research in Energy and Sustainability (SURES)

The SURES program is a formal 10-week program that provides support for undergraduates to participate with faculty in research and engages students, staff, faculty and community members in discussion and debate of energy issues. Students who participate in the program are better prepared to enter industry and business and make an impact early in their careers.

Students participate in projects for up to 10 weeks. The maximum funding for a 10 week experience is $3500. Although part-time project applications are accepted, all SURES awardees are expected to be on-campus and participating in their projects during the entire 10-week period.

Semester Funding

Special opportunities are sometimes available for Case Western Reserve undergraduates to receive semester funding for sponsored research opportunities.

Review the current list of semester funding opportunities.

Travel Funding

The SOURCE Travel Fund provides financial assistance to students presenting their research and creative projects at conferences. All undergraduate students at Case Western Reserve University are eligible to apply for travel assistance. Students who accept travel funding must present their work at Intersections.