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Ethnomusicology Research Guide

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

The Undergraduate Research Center for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences serves students and faculty in humanities, arts, social science, and behavioral science disciplines. Their primary mission is to promote, develop, and celebrate undergraduate student research with the overall goal of enhancing undergraduate education and preparing students for careers in all areas. Through experiencing the processes of scholarly discovery and the dissemination of their results, students become fully engaged members of the community. They aim to support and increase the retention of humanities, arts, social science, and behavioral science majors by enhancing the visibility, prestige, and material support for participation in undergraduate research and creative activities, both for students and faculty. They achieve our mission through various state-, foundation-, and donor-supported programs, including those that aid students facing socioeconomic, academic, and other challenges..

Make sure and check out the Center's Research 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: access the portal at to view Student Research Program  (SRP) research opportunities and create a student profile. Many opportunities with UCLA faculty will ask you to e-mail a cover letter and your CV to the contact listed on the position posting. Click here for a sample e-mail and sample CV. For additional information, see Finding a Research Project and Mentor, attend an SRP 99 workshop, or contact the Undergraduate Research Center–Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

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.  As of fall 2017, all SRP 99 positions should be posted directly on the new UCLA Undergraduate Research Portal. The portal also allows faculty to view student profiles and search for research assistants by major or skill set.