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Erickson Discovery Grant Program


The Rodney A. Erickson Discovery Grant Program, named in honor of Penn State's seventeenth President, supports undergraduate student engagement in original research, scholarship, and creative work under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Approximately 60 Erickson Discovery Grants, each in the amount of $3,500, are available each year through the Office of Undergraduate Education. The grants may be used to cover living expenses and project costs (supplies, materials, books, specialized software, travel for the purpose of data collection, etc.). Note: Funds will be deposited to student accounts and therefore may have an impact on student aid or be applied to outstanding charges.

The Erickson Discovery Grants are directed to student-initiated projects in the arts, engineering, humanities, sciences, and social sciences that provide experience in all facets of the research, scholarship, or creative processes. This includes conceptualization of a question or focus, proposal writing, identification and implementation of methods, and communication of results (reporting, exhibition, or performance). Projects should be primarily the student's own work; although the project may be related to the supervising faculty member's research or scholarly interests, the purpose of the project should not be to assist faculty work.


  • Undergraduate student
    • Must returning to studies after the grant for at least one semester

Application Materials: 

  • A completed online application form
  • Project proposal (two pages) describing the question or goal to be addressed and its relevant to the discipline or field; the methods or processes that will be used; why the project is of interest to the student and any relevant training or preparation; how supervision by the faculty member will contribute to the project
  • Letter of recommendation (one page) from the faculty supervisor

Application Procedure:

Application Deadline: January 20, 2020

Applications must be submitted directly using the online application system.

Current Status: 
First-Year Student, Sophomore, Junior
Duration of Award: 
Non-U.S. Citizen, Research
Direct Submission
Fields of Study: 
Agricultural Sciences, Business, Communications and Journalism, Education, Health-related, Humanities and Social Sciences, Information Sciences and Technology, International Relations and Public Policy, STEM, Visual and Performing Arts
Semester of Application Deadline: 
Spring (January – April)

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