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Ethnomusicology Research Guide

UCLA Undergraduate Research Center – Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

The UCLA Undergraduate Research Center for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences serves all students in humanities, arts, social science, and behavioral science disciplines. Conducting research as an undergraduate is an excellent way to gain experiences and skills that will benefit you both academically and professionally. In addition to providing an opportunity to explore your areas of interest in depth, undergraduate research encourages you to develop skills in collaborative learning and critical thinking. For students interested in pursuing graduate school, undergraduate research is a way of expanding your education outside of the classroom and preparing yourself for the rigors of graduate study. Even if you are unsure about graduate studies, conducting undergraduate research is a great way to develop skills that are useful for a variety of careers, as well as to test the suitability of a research-oriented career to your interests.

Make sure and check out the Center's Research Scholarships and Programs and Conferences and Publication Opportunities.

UCLA Graduate Research

Over 11,000 UCLA graduate students — pursuing degrees ranging from the arts to education to nursing — have access to information, technology and experiences that enhance their education while allowing them to delve deeper into their desired career path.  There are a variety of funding resources available for graduate students, including UCLA-Exclusive Fellowships & Grants and Extramural Funding.

Search here for funding opportunities on UCLA’s search engine for graduate school and postdoctoral awards (called GRAPES).  Search for awards from among 613 scholarships, grants, fellowships, and postdoctoral awards. Free-to-search for applicants to any graduate program, to graduate students working on a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation, and to postdoc scholars.

UCLA Library Prize for Undergraduate Research

The Library Prize for Undergraduate Research recognizes and honors excellence in undergraduate research at UCLA. If you are a current UCLA undergraduate student and can answer "yes" to the questions below, your paper or project may be just what the selection committee is looking for.

  • Did you or your team use UCLA Library collections for a research paper or project you completed for a course in the last twelve months?
  • Did your use of library collections and services help increase the scope, depth, and significance of what you learned?
  • Did your skills as a researcher grow because of your use of library collections?
  • Did your use of library collections inform and strengthen other types of research you performed?

See past prize winners!

Application Deadline

Applications are usually due spring quarter.  For more information.

Prize Categories

  • Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences: first prize, $700; second prize, $400
  • Science, Engineering, & Math: first prize, $700; second prize, $400
  • Best project using Library Special Collections resources: one prize of $350
  • Best project on music after 1900: one prize of $350, funded by the Hugo and Christine Davise Fund for Contemporary Music in the Music Library
  • Best digital scholarship project: one prize of $500

Navigating the Undergraduate Research Portal - For Students

Students: you can use the portal to find opportunities for research experience, explore research scholarship and fellowship programs, and create a profile so faculty can contact you about their research projects. There are opportunities for all majors. Check back regularly for new listings.  Access the portal through MyUCLA at

Navigating the Undergraduate Research Portal - For Faculty

Faculty: you can use the portal to post research opportunities (paid, volunteer, and/or academic credit) and search profiles of students interested in conducting research.