Arts & Sciences Summer Research Fellowships

Taking part in undergraduate research opportunities can help students supplement classroom learning, refine career goals, and prepare for the rigors of graduate school.

About the Fellowship
University of Richmond students who are interested in an Arts & Sciences discipline and who wish to conduct full-time research over the course of the summer should apply for a summer research fellowship through the School of Arts & Sciences. Fellowships are available for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 10 weeks.

Applications for Summer 2015 will be accepted until noon, Monday, February 9, 2015.

The research period for 2015 will start May 18, 2015 and end on August 3, 2015. Students doing research outside of the standard research period need to contact Ashleigh Brock who will coordinate with the Housing Office.

Competitive proposals will be ranked using the selection criteria outlined below. The Arts and Sciences Summer Fellowships intend to fund all competitive proposals until its funding is fully expended. All remaining competitive proposals will be forwarded to the Spider Research Fund for consideration.

  • Clearly stated hypothesis, thesis or outcomes; describe what you hope to accomplish during the course of your research fellowship.
  • Clearly stated motivation for the study.
  • Clear statement of the project's significance. Provide enough background to contextualize your thesis, hypothesis or outcomes.
  • Description of a feasible research plan (methods, techniques, sequence of events).
  • Inclusion of a bibliography.
  • Specific and strongly supportive letter of recommendation from faculty mentor.
  • A detailed budget, if you are requesting an addendum of up to $500 for research supplies, subject fees, books, travels, etc. that are an integral part of your research proposal.
  • IRB/IACUC approvals (if your project involves the use of human or animal subjects, which includes most of the survey and interview research).
  • Relevance of student’s prior preparation.
  • Strength of student’s academic record.

Summer research is a full-time endeavor; if a student accepts a summer fellowship, he or she may not have any other paid or unpaid summer jobs or internships, including resident assistant positions or other on-campus jobs during the fellowship period.  Students are generally discouraged from pursuing credit-bearing work during the period of their undergraduate research. If a student has a compelling reason to take a class during the same time period as his/her A&S Summer Fellowship, the credit-bearing work cannot interfere with the student’s research, and it should not require any adjustment to the student’s research schedule. If you would like to pursue credit-bearing work during the period of your fellowship, contact Ashleigh Brock. In all cases, students who have an A&S Summer Fellowship must receive permission from their faculty mentor before they may enroll in a credit-bearing work during the same time period.

Individual vs Team Applications

Please consult with your faculty mentor to decide if an individual or team application is most appropriate at this stage in your development as a research scholar. Individual proposals should be completed by the student with feedback and guidance from the faculty mentor. Individual proposals describe a project that is specific to the student completing the application. Team proposals are completed by the faculty mentor in cooperation with a group of students who plan to work on aspects of the same project. The individual application process is outlined in detail here. The team proposal is outlined here.

All applicants compete for awards of the same value and with the same accompanying conditions. All students receive a stipend of $400 per week, plus an additional $50 per week if they elect to live on campus. If interest is indicated, housing will be made available to students who wish to remain on campus. Arrangements can be made through the Office of Student Housing; students are expected to use a portion of their stipend money to cover the cost of living on campus and will be billed directly by Student Housing.

Conditions
If a research proposal involves the use of animal or human subjects, final approval of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) or Institutional Review Board for Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) must be obtained before an award will be made.

If a fellowship recipient is unable to fulfill the conditions of the award, all unexpended funds will revert to the Committee on Undergraduate Research.

If international travel is involved, the student must consult with the Office of International Education as soon as possible, but no less than one month before travel.

Fellowship recipients will receive biweekly checks for the duration of their project. Pursuant to federal law, deductions from the entire stipend amount (including housing supplement if available) for FICA, unemployment, and income taxes (if applicable) will be made.


Examples of Summer Research Projects

Humanistic Studies
Research projects in the humanities, including the editing and study of texts, literary history and criticism, linguistic analysis, and biography.

Creative Arts
Performances, exhibitions, or specific projects in art, music, writing, and theatre

Scientific Experimentation & Analysis

Research projects in the natural, mathematical and behavioral sciences

Did You Know?

Consultants in the Writing Center can review your Summer Research Fellowship project proposal and help you make it even better. Make an appointment.