Dean's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The FASN Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship program is a competitive program that provides a $3,200 stipend to undergraduate students engaged in scholarly or creative activities during the summer months under the supervision of a full-time faculty member in the Arts and Sciences at Rutgers-Newark.

Over the past several years, these fellowships have supported outstanding undergraduates from across a range of academic disciplines, including the arts, sciences, social sciences, and humanities.  We anticipate awarding up to seven fellowships this summer. 

Interested? Stop by our Information Session!

To help you prepare your application, the Honor’s College will host an Information Session on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 during the 2:30-3:50 free period in Esterly Lounge (Englehard Hall, 2nd Floor)

Two follow-up workshops devoted to helping you develop and finalize your applications will also be offered during the free period on Feb. 13 and Feb. 27.  All events will be held in the Honors College’s Easterly Lounge (second floor Engelhard Hall).  


How Do I apply?

Successful applications should propose work to which the student makes a substantial independent contribution.  The proposed work should result in or contribute to a substantial finished product for the student, such as a senior thesis, authorship on a publishable manuscript, or the production or presentation of a creative work.  The final product need not be completed by the end of the funded period. 

All current Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College-Newark students are eligible to apply, with the exception of students who will be graduating in May.  Awards will be made on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Scholarly merit
  2. Significance of the experience in advancing the student’s academic and professional goals
  3. Quality of the faculty/student mentoring relationship 

The student application letter must include all of the following elements:

  1. Your name, RUID, major department, and faculty supervisor.
  2. A 1-2 page description (800-1,000 word limit) of the scholarly project and the activities in which you will be engaged in carrying out the project.  If the summer project is a portion of a larger piece of work such as a senior thesis, the description should address the role of the summer component in the larger project.
  3. A description of the role the project plays in contributing to your broader academic and/or professional goals.
  4. A description of the final product of the scholarly activity (e.g., senior thesis, creative piece or performance, publishable manuscript, etc.).

The letter of support by the faculty member must include the following elements:

  1. The name of the student you are recommending.
  2. A brief description of the scholarly project and both your role and the student’s role in designing the project and in carrying it out. 
  3. Your assessment of the student’s ability to complete the work.   
  4. A description of the nature of the mentoring relationship that you plan for the student during the funded period.  If you are already supervising this student, you should include a description of the mentoring activities in which you have already engaged and how you plan to develop or continue these activities during the funded period.
  5. A description of the final outcome of the project (e.g., senior thesis, creative piece or performance, publishable manuscript, etc.).

What's the Deadline?

COMPLETED APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017.  Applications may be submitted via email to Associate Dean Lynn M. Kuzma at:

Every application requires both a student letter of application and a letter of support from your faculty mentor.

Awardees will be notified in early April.