Arts & Sciences Summer Research Fellowships
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.
The research period for 2017 will start May 14, 2017 and end on July 23, 2017. Students who plan to do research on campus need to apply to Summer Housing by April 21. Students doing research outside of the standard research period may need to move between a residence hall and a university apartment and pay prorated differences depending on their housing plans.
Competitive proposals will be ranked using the selection criteria outlined below. The Arts & 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. Also any student who has 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 application process for both individual and team applications 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.
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.
Fellowship recipients are required to present at the Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Symposium next spring. Exceptions must be approved by the Associate Dean.