Request Funding for Student Summer Fellowships

Deadlines and process for faculty members to secure funding for student summer fellowships.

As a faculty member, there are three ways in which you may sponsor a student fellow or worker over the summer.

Faculty-initiated Fellowships

Projects in this model are designed and proposed by faculty members, who request support from the Dean's office for summer student collaborators. Under this model, faculty members submit a proposal for mentoring student fellows. Proposals will be put forth by submission through a form made available to faculty in an email (from the Dean of the Faculty or Division Director) announcing the process, or by clicking the link below. If a faculty member's research is supported by an external grant, it is still best to submit and advertise the positions through the proposal process.


Once approved, the summer opportunities are shared with students early in the spring semester.

Note: If seeking basic administrative and clerical support, faculty should not apply for a faculty-initiated fellowship position. Instead, please see student hourly wage positions (below). Violations of this guideline may impact future funding decisions.

The timeline for this form of funding is provided in the table below.

Important Deadlines 

Stages Deadlines
Faculty submit proposal(s) to UR office; proposals then reviewed by department/division directors — submit here. December 8, 2023
Target date for announcements of approved projects to faculty late December 2023
Students apply online to up to three faculty. February 6, 2024
Faculty will be notified and given access to student applications. February 8, 2024
Faculty decisions are announced to students via email from the Office of Undergraduate Research. February 28, 2024
Students reply to UR office to accept position and indicate start/end dates. March 8, 2024
Hard copy of final arrangements mailed to student. Early April 2024


Student-initiated Fellowships

As a faculty member, students may approach you with ideas or proposals for projects beyond the normal scope of your regular research. Such a project may receive university funding so long as you agree to supervise the project and provide guidance to the student researcher.

Students and their advising faculty member should apply for funding jointly. Click to learn more about student-initiated fellowship applications.

Student Hourly Wage Positions

Research assistantships are also available for students to support faculty research that may not have the format of a student project. These positions will involve hourly pay. To obtain this type of funding, faculty must apply to the Research Council, according to posted guidelines.

For Students

If you are a student looking to apply for a summer research or creative project opportunity, please see the information page for students.

Additional Notes and Guidelines for Summer Fellowships

  • All funding categories involve direct faculty supervision.
  • Graduating seniors are not eligible for these fellowships
  • Faculty members are expected to provide student fellows with appropriate levels of guidance and supervision. In particular, faculty must make arrangements when they will be unavailable for consultation for a period of more than two weeks. For students working in a laboratory with potential hazards, the faculty must arrange for a colleague to oversee the student activities and be available in case of emergency.
  • At the conclusion of the project, students must provide to the office of the Center for Learning Teaching and Research an abstract with the accomplishments of the project written for the non-specialist.
  • Faculty members are eligible for SUMR credit according to guidelines.
  • Summer Student Fellowship Application Guidelines

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