The CARE Fellows Program provides funds to PEERS sophomores to support entry into research. CARE Fellows can have little or no previous research experience. The scholarship offers TWO quarters of support.  Some slots are for students already in labs.  Other slots will place you in labs.


CARE Fellows applicants are required to:

  • Be a PEERS student
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, with a minimum 3.0 quarterly GPA in the prior quarter.
  • For some awards: You must already have a faculty mentor. For others you must be willing to work with a URC mentor to be placed in a lab to start January 2022.
  • You cannot currently be receiving other funding of any type for work done in the laboratory (e.g. work study, URFP award, etc.).
  • A preference will be for students interested in a continuing research through their senior year.


CARE Fellows will work 12 h/ week for ten weeks in Winter and Spring and be awarded $1800 per quarter.

In addition to completing their research hours, CARE Fellows will:

  • Attend CARE Fellows workshops (one workshop per quarter): Winter – how to write an extended abstract; Spring – how to apply for a scholarship with a research proposal.
  • Submit an original Extended Abstract to the Undergraduate Research Center – Sciences office (in-person or via email) by 5pm on Monday, March 21. Submission of this abstract is required to continue funding for Spring.
  • Apply for funding in Spring term for a summer program and/or a two-year research program such as UC LEADS or MARC.


Depending on the funding source, CARE Fellows will be paid biweekly as payroll or they will receive a stipend through the financial aid office.  Award sources include: California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP), Center for Integrated Catalysis (CIC), Diversity Fellows, Pathways to PhD Fellows, Plath Lab, Biological Chemistry and UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC). You will have to CHOOSE which of the above funding sources fits you, your career goals and your major.


  • All documents must be submitted via email to carefs@lifesci.ucla.edu
  • All application materials are due by 5:00 pm on Monday, November 15, 2021


CARE Fellows Program

Email: carefs@lifesci.ucla.edu