Updated information for Summer Research Fellowships will be posted in December 2021.

2020-2021 Application Process

Arts & Sciences Summer Research Fellowship applications will be accepted online. Review the instructions for submitting your application. A letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor is due (date forthcoming). The deadline for all other materials is forthcoming. Please note that applicants for A&S Summer Research Fellowships must be degree-seeking students who will be enrolled at the University after the summer of research (graduating seniors are not eligible). The on-campus summer housing period for 2022 research students is forthcoming.

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  • Complete an Application

    Applications may be submitted via ursf.richmond.edu/apply/index.html starting December 31, 2020. The deadline for application submission is forthcoming. The deadline for a faculty mentor to submit a letter of recommendation is forthcoming. To submit an application for a UR Summer Fellowship, follow the instructions at this site: ursf.richmond.edu/apply/index.html.

    If you have questions or need help applying for this opportunity, please call the Office of Alumni and Career Services: 804-289-8547 or Robert Plymale in the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office: 804-289-8367.

  • Create and Submit Your Documents

    A complete application consists of the UR Summer Fellowship Application, a project proposal, an unofficial BannerWeb transcript, resume, progress report on previously funded project (if applicable), and any required supplemental documents.

    Project Proposal

    A link to the proposal template is provided below. Once completed, be sure to share a copy of your project proposal with your faculty mentor as it will help him or her write your letter of recommendation.

    Individual Proposal

    Team Proposal - Learn more about team proposals.

    Consultants in the Writing Center are available to review your project proposal and help you improve it. You can make an appointment with a writing consultant online.

    BannerWeb Unofficial Transcript

    If you log on to BannerWeb, you should be able to pull up an unofficial transcript. If you select the "Print" option from your internet browser, you will have the option to either "Save as PDF" or to “Print to PDF,” this will create a PDF document of your unofficial transcript, which can then be saved and uploaded.

    Once you have a PDF of your unofficial transcript, upload the PDF into to the individual or team application.


    You must submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) outlining your academic and professional experience. Summer research funds are not available if you have already earned your undergraduate degree so be sure to indicate that your baccalaureate degree is EXPECTED at a certain month and year. If you have never created a resume/CV before or even if you have but would like additional guidance and/or feedback from a trained career counselor, please make an appointment with Career Services.

    Project Progress Report

    If you have previously received research funding from the School of Arts & Sciences, you must submit a completed progress report on your prior research before receiving additional funding. To help you complete the progress report, we have created a template for you to use, it is provided below. If you have received funding but have not previously submitted a progress report, this must be submitted with the rest of your documents.

    Progress Report

    Supplemental Documents

    If you believe that submitting supplemental documents will provide the committee with a more thorough understanding of your work, you may create a PDF portfolio and submit it with the rest of your documents. It is most likely that you will submit a portfolio if you are proposing a project in the creative arts disciplines.

    If you would like the committee to view any video work, it is assumed that you will upload the video to a site such as Vimeo.com and provide the relevant URLs in your portfolio.

    Request a Recommendation Letter

    Remember, your application is not considered complete until we have received a letter of recommendation from your faculty mentor.

    Please give your faculty mentor plenty of time to write and submit your letter of recommendation as, in most cases, members of the faculty are writing letters on behalf of multiple students at once. When you request a recommendation from your faculty mentor, please direct him or her to the Faculty Recommendations webpage where we have outlined directions for completing the recommendation process. Students who plan to work for a non-UR mentor will need letters of support from both their off-campus mentor and a UR faculty sponsor who understands and approves of the project.

    Thank you for your commitment to completing an undergraduate research experience in the School of Arts & Sciences!

  • Selection Criteria

    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.

    • 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.

    Individual Rubric

    Team Rubric

  • Announcement of Awards

    We anticipate notifying funded students on or before the Friday before Spring Break. In the event that the Arts and Sciences Summer Research Fellowships cannot fund all competitive proposals, these proposals will be forwarded to Spider Research Fund for consideration. These awards are announced in April.