For students interested in the humanities and social sciences–and especially those interested in getting funding (please note: CA$H MONEY) to explore their intellectual curiosities)–look no further than WashU, whose Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) does a great job of providing information about and support for applying for international and campus-based fellowships and grants.
I’m personally looking into applying for the Merle Kling fellowship, which provides students with the opportunity to conduct ongoing, independent research on a topic of their choosing. Students develop research proposals, write papers, and present their findings to the other Fellows, creating a community of scholars that come together and engage in one another’s research.
Other fellowships include the Mellon Mays program, and the Leadership Alliance–and these are only the programs for sophomores! Juniors and Seniors have many more opportunities, and there’s always summer research grants that are available to all students through the OUR.