Please note that there is limited funding available, and the application pool is extremely competitive.
As a result, the Student Fellowships Committee has to make very difficult decisions, resulting in some strong applications being left unfunded.
No GPA minimum is required; however, the transcript should provide evidence of sufficient coursework in the area of the proposed project and grades should indicate a strong understanding of the subject matter and likelihood of being able to carry out the project.
How the project will significantly enhance the student’s academic development (e.g., completion of an honor’s project) and possibly career and personal development (e.g., presentation at a conference, preparation for graduate school) should be clearly stated.
The letter of recommendation should evaluate the student’s qualifications to carry out the proposed project and assess the appropriateness of the project’s scope within the context of the discipline. Letters should also describe the faculty-student mentoring relationship in some detail (e.g., how often will the mentor and student meet, what are the mentor’s expectations for the student) and why this plan is appropriate for the project. Faculty mentors will be expected to review student proposals before submitting their letters.
Students may request up to $2,500 in research-related expense reimbursement. The budget should be comprehensive, specific, and reasonable. All costs should be relevant and essential to the project and be justified in the budget narrative. In general, budgets demonstrating frugality will be more competitive (e.g., shared accommodations, use of public transportation). View sample itemized budget. Information about domestic and international travel costs can be found on the websites of the U.S. General Services Administration and U.S. Department of State, respectively. Students are advised, however, that the rates provided on these websites are in the higher range of what the Student Fellowships Committee would expect to see in a student’s budget.
- Proposed activity’s contribution to the broader field or community not clearly stated.
- Procedures omitted, vaguely stated, or unrelated to the project; project unrealistic or unlikely to succeed.
- Failure to speak adequately to the student’s development.
- Failure to demonstrate the student’s and the mentor’s engagement in the project.
- Inflated or unreasonable budget, or narrative or notes that do not clearly support the budget.
In addition to the above, please also keep in mind:
- Inadequate attention to style raises questions about the student’s commitment to the project and likelihood to succeed.
- Brevity and lack of detail in the faculty member’s letter of recommendation raise questions about the degree of faculty support for the project.