We are currently not accepting applications for CARE Fellows.


The CARE Fellows Program provides students with little or no previous research experience the opportunity to receive financial support while participating in a research project with a faculty mentor.  Once students have successfully completed the CARE Fellows Program, they can apply to continue funded research until graduation through the CARE Scholars Program and MSD Scholars Program. The overall goal of the CARE programs is to provide enrichment opportunities for those students who seek careers in scientific research and teaching and whose success through graduate training will increase the numbers of historically underrepresented individuals in academic and technological fields.


CARE Fellows applicants are required to:

  • Be a full-time UCLA student in good standing with a GPA of 3.0 or above (the previous quarter and overall)
  • Be earning a B.S. degree in a life science, physical science, or be an engineering major
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have a faculty mentor
  • Have completed all required safety trainings for your laboratory. The “Laboratory Safety Fundamental Concepts” class is required for all students, volunteers, and staff in laboratories. Please see the EH&S training website for class dates and enrollment instructions.
  • Be from an educationally or socio-economically disadvantaged background. African-American, Latino/a, Chicano/a, Native American, Native Pacific Islander (Micronesia and Polynesia), and Native Alaskan students are encouraged to apply. Students with documented permanent disabilities, who are registered with the UCLA Center for Accessible Education  are encouraged to apply.
  • Be willing to decline or withdrawal from any other current funding of any type for work done in the laboratory (e.g. work study, URFP award, etc). Students may not be funded multiple times for the same research.
  • Be interested in a PhD in the biomedical sciences or a dual degree in the biomedical sciences that includes a PhD (MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, DDS/PhD).

Note: When considering applicants, the UCLA, Undergraduate Research Center-Sciences must take into consideration whether a student’s participation would help achieve the overall goals/objectives of the program.

See more information regarding National Institute of Health and National Science Foundation ethnicity eligibility information


  • Participate in research related activities for up to 100 hours during the quarter.
  • Work in the laboratory as specified in the application and the CARE Fellows Letter of Agreement.
  • Attend CARE meetings and functions.
  • Submit an original extended abstract that has been critiqued and signed by your faculty mentor to the URC – Sciences Office, 2121 Life Sciences, by 5pm on the Monday after finals week.


CARE Fellows will be awarded $900-$1050 for the quarter.

Funding for this program is provided by the following federal grants: Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD; National Institutes of Health) and California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP; National Science Foundation). Depending on the funding source, CARE Fellows & Scholars will be paid biweekly or via the BAR account. The last check will not be dispersed to participants who have failed to submit their final report as specified in the application and in the Letter of Agreement.


Laurie Femmel
Program Representative