Research Funding


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. 

Due to COVID-19, funds are limited during this fellowship cycle. The funds will be allocated through a competitive application process at the beginning of the fall semester. All proposals will be reviewed by a faculty panel in the field of the proposed research. Reviewers rate each proposal and recommend funding amounts, which will be in the range of $200-500 for the 2021-2022 Academic Year.

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.


Academic Year 2021-2022 Proposal Opens: September 15, 2021

Academic Year 2021-2022 Proposal Deadline: October 15, 2021

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.

Fellowship Term

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.

Before applying, read the complete Fellowship Guidelines that cover the review process and funding criteria.