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Funding and Training Opportunities

MAKE UR MARC Summer Fellowship

The Make UR MARC Fellowship has been designed to address the imbalance of underrepresented professionals in science and medicine by providing an in-depth, hands-on opportunity for students underrepresented in STEM to study alongside scientists well-established in their fields.This is a 10-week full-time paid fellowship within a UCSD laboratory for students entering their junior or senior year of college. With the guidance from the laboratory principal investigator and other staff members, the fellow will carry out a research project, which entails performing experiments, presenting their findings, and participating in discussions to determine the project’s scientific direction.

Program Requirements

  • The fellow must commit to a full-time position (40 hours/week) in the laboratory for the 10-week period.
  • The fellow will be required to participate in laboratory and SRP activities, which may include journal clubs, weekly meetings with staff, seminars, etc.
  • The fellow will be required to present their work at the UCSD Summer Research Conference.


  • The fellow will be awarded a $5,000 stipend.
  • The fellow will be able to work alongside and learn from professionals who are at various stages in their careers.
  • By the end of the program, the fellow will be able to perform a variety of basic and advanced laboratory techniques.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicants must be entering their junior or senior year of college.
  • Applicants must be pursuing a STEM major with a focus in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, or related field.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
  • Applicants must be willing to commit to full-time program participation (40 hours/week for 10 weeks).

Considerations in Applicant Selection

  • Belonging to an underrepresented group in the scientific workforce (according to NIH definitions).
  • Expressed interest in pursuing a long-term career in science or medicine.
  • Articulated struggles in securing an undergraduate research opportunity (e.g. working student during the school year).

Pilot Project Grants

The UC San Diego Microenvironment in Arthritis Resource Center (MARC) is pleased to announce the availability of annual Pilot Project Grants. These grants are 1-year competitive awards ($25,000-$50,000) for arthritis or joint related research. Our next grant application cycle will begin in January 2022.