The Undergraduate Research Fellowships are intended to defray research costs for students conducting independent research projects under the guidance of a professor. Any advanced undergraduate researcher—typically juniors or senior at Rutgers-New Brunswick pursuing independent research projects with faculty guidance is eligible to apply.
Funding is intended for consumable supplies, that is, supplies specific to the research project. Funding cannot be used for meals, living expenses, tuition, or equipment that will be used beyond the duration of the research project.
Funds are allocated through a competitive application process at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. All proposals are reviewed by a faculty panel in the field of the proposed research. Reviewers rate each proposal and recommend funding amounts, typically in the range of $200 - $1000.
Proposals must include a project overview, a personal statement, proposed budget, and a letter of endorsement from the professor guiding the research. Please note that many proposals receive partial funding, and we encourage students to seek funding from multiple sources, including your academic departments.
Fellowship recipients are required to share their research with the university community at the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in April, and to participate in Aresty's research presentation workshops in advance of the Symposium.
Fall proposal deadline: October 1, 2018
Spring proposal deadline: February 1, 2019
These fellowships are offered jointly by the Aresty Research Center, the School of Arts and Sciences, and Douglass Residential College.
Who is Eligible?
Rutgers-New Brunswick undergraduates who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:
- Working on a research project with a high degree of independence
- Previous research experience in the field of the research proposed
- Established relationship with a faculty mentor who can endorse and oversee the proposed project
- Significant involvement and independence in both formulating the question and conducting the proposed investigation
Many successful fellowship applicants are registered for a research course. Students may also apply for funding to work on an independent research project, including senior thesis work.
Who is not eligible?
This program is not able to fund students who are currently in the Aresty Research Assistant program. We also are not able to fund requests related to senior design projects in the School of Engineering.
Undergraduate Research Fellowships can support research projects up to one academic year in length. This may include projects that take place during the fall semester or span both semesters. For 2018-2019, applications submitted October 1 can include expenses incurred between September 5 and May 1. For projects that begin during the spring semester, applications submitted February 1 can include expenses incurred between January 16 and May 1.