Student internal funding

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

Submission deadline: Friday, February 10, 2017

Looman webThe Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program funds faculty-mentored undergraduate research projects in both 10-week and 6-week formats. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to support research, creative, and scholarly projects. Fellowships are not awarded for work leading directly to completion of the student’s degree. Each recipient of a 10-week fellowship receives a $4,400 stipend. Those awarded 6-week fellowships receive a $2,600 stipend. Faculty mentors receive stipends of $1,500 and $1,000 respectively. The Summer Research Fellowship Program is financially supported by the Chase Endowment for Academic Excellence and the Weintz Research Scholars Program.

Students interested in pursuing an undergraduate research fellowship are encouraged to attend a workshop to meet committee members and find out more about the application process. For information about dates/times of workshops, email the UR Program Director at

Expectations for Fellowship Recipients

During the 6-to-10 week period, Undergraduate Research Fellows are expected to:

  • Devote full-time effort to their research projects. Students may not work another job during their funded period.
  • Work on campus or in research field/laboratory (housing provided) unless travel to another site is required for completion of the proposed research;
  • Participate in weekly Brown Bag Discussions with fellows and faculty mentors on campus;
  • Work closely with their mentors, meeting at least once a week to discuss progress;

Upon completion of the 6-to-10 week Fellowship, Undergraduate Research Fellows are expected to:

  • Submit an abstract and a one-page report detailing their project process and results for the funded period;
  • Compose a power point slide advertising their project for display on the Norwich University screens;
  • Present a professional poster at the Faculty Scholarship Celebration in the fall and the Student Scholarship Celebration in the spring;
  • Participate in the Undergraduate Research Symposium (NUURS) in the fall semester.

Application Process

Undergraduates apply for Summer Research Fellowships through the completion of the Undergraduate Research Fellowship Application (PDF). The completed application must be submitted electronically as saved (not scanned) PDFs by the student applicant to the Undergraduate Research Program Director at by the application deadline. All proposals should be prepared with guidance and support from the faculty mentor who will be engaged in supervising the student’s work.

Applications must be accompanied by a one-page recommendation from the student’s faculty mentor. Faculty mentors should email the recommendations directly to the Undergraduate Research Program Director at

Proposals involving human subjects require a copy of the IRB proposal (PDF) to be submitted to the IRB committee by the proposal deadline. The awarding of Fellowships requiring an IRB proposal will be contingent upon IRB approval.

Students proposing projects involving international travel can apply for Politi Student Research Travel Grants to support travel costs. Additional information regarding Politi Funds is available on the my.norwich portal.

For more information or questions about the application process, please email

Undergraduate Research Fellowship Application Evaluation Process

  • Proposals are evaluated based on
    • quality of the proposal;
    • demonstration of commitment to the proposal;
    • necessary qualifications for its completion;
    • significance to applicant’s long-term interests and goals;
    • contribution of the project to the applicant’s discipline;
    • benefit to Norwich University; and
    • feasibility of the time frame.

Following the review of proposals by the Undergraduate Research Committee, the Undergraduate Research Program Director will submit a rank-ordered list to the SVPAA and Dean of the Faculty for final selection of Summer Research Fellows.

Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal before the start of Spring Break 2016. Proposals will be accepted, rejected, or offered the opportunity to revise and resubmit.

Student Travel Grants

Submission deadline: rolling

Student Travel Grants provide funding to students to present completed work at conferences, workshops, seminars, and professional meetings. Grants are potentially funded up to 100% for registration costs, fees, meals, lodging, and transportation to support presentations. Students must apply for funds prior to traveling.

Applying for Funds

Final Accounting

  • Prepare a list of expenses for the activity on a University Travel Expense Voucher within 10 days after completion of the activity (forms available in College offices). This voucher must have the following:
    • an itemized list of all expenses (in the case of mileage, include the number of miles traveled);
    • original receipts for all expenses (including itemized receipts for meals); and
    • a copy of the letter authorizing funds from the Director.
  • Send the voucher, with all the attachments, to the Director

Research Grants

Submission deadline: none

Students, in collaboration with their sponsoring faculty member, may request funds to help defray expenses directly incurred during research and scholarly projects involving original inquiry and a specified product. Proposals involving human subjects require copies of draft or submitted IRB proposals (PDF).

Proposals are submitted to the Director following the format outlined in a Research Grant Application (PDF), accompanied by a Student Research Endorsement (PDF).

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