Research at UMBC

UMBC’s research environment is rich with opportunity to collaborate and innovate. UMBC has an annual research portfolio of about $75 million. We are rapidly growing successful partnerships with federal and state agencies, foundations, and the private sector to create a space where all UMBC researchers—including graduate students— can make a difference through their work.

Our faculty have received a wide range of prestigious honors, including Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships, National Science Foundation CAREER Awards, Presidential Early Career Awards in Science and Engineering (PECASE), HHMI Investigator awards, and a Distinguished Public Service Medal from NASA. For more information on UMBC’s research activities, click here.

The Graduate School, individual academic departments, and the Graduate Student Association provide support for graduate student research through assistantships, grants, and other initiatives.

General Resources

Graduate Academic Programs
This page lists all graduate programs UMBC offers, along with application deadlines, requirements, and contact information for program directors and coordinators.

Graduate Assistantships
Looking for information on graduate assistantships and fellowship opportunities? This page has you covered, with details on registration requirements and stipend levels, plus frequently requested forms.

Graduate Student Research and Travel Grants
This page lists funding opportunities for graduate student research and conference travel, including application deadlines.

Opportunities for Support

Graduate Student Association (GSA)
The GSA provides professional development, advocacy, and support for graduate students at UMBC. It also represents the graduate student body in UMBC’s shared governance system.

PROMISE – Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate
Part of the National Science Foundation’s Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), PROMISE provides programming and resources for graduate students in STEM disciplines throughout the University System of Maryland, with a special emphasis on those from underrepresented backgrounds. Popular programs include PROF-it, which places graduate students in facilitated teaching experiences at Maryland community colleges, and the Dissertation House, a weeklong session held several times throughout the year where students can focus fully on their writing.

Graduate Experiences, Achievements, and Research Symposium (GEARS)
UMBC’s premiere annual graduate research event is held on campus each spring. It was previously known as the Graduate Research Conference.

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