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 for eight, nine or 10 weeks over the course of the summer, should apply for a summer research fellowship through the School of Arts & Sciences.

Applications for Summer 2014 will be accepted until Monday, February 10, 2014.

The research period for 2014 will start May 18, 2014 and end on August 3, 2014.

The experience is designed to be a full-time endeavor and, 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.  Students may not enroll in summer coursework (any type of summer classes) during the research period.

Joint projects are allowed; however, each student must submit separate, distinct applications and project proposals, outlining the nature of the collaboration as well as the individual roles of each student researcher.

While the awards are identical, students in the sciences and students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences (referred to, for the purposes of the application process, as “non-science"), complete slightly different application processes. The complete application process is outlined in detail.

Science and non-science 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 two weeks 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.