ELIGIBILITY: All undergraduate students from UC who will not have graduated by May 2013 are eligible for the Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship Program award. Fellowships are limited to undergraduate students who are engaged 20 hrs./week on their research during the period of the award.
Note: Students who have been accepted into other UC-sponsored summer undergraduate programs are eligible to apply for this fellowship. If awarded, the student will receive the higher of the two stipends and the URC funds will be used for all or part of that support.
APPLY: The process for applying for a grant is electronic. Use the Word template provided to create a single Word document following the proposal guidelines. Once your application is finalized, save the document, and then click on the Apply Now link at the bottom of this page. An electronic submission form will display. Complete the form and upload your application file where indicated on the form. You will receive an immediate confirmation that your application has been successfully submitted.
DEFINITION OF RESEARCH: Research includes not only intellectual activity designed to expand knowledge and understanding of people and their environment but also activities in the creative and performing arts aimed at interpreting and enhancing that environment.
FUNDING CRITERIA AND PRIORITIES: Proposals will be evaluated primarily based on the scholarly merit of the proposed activities. Fellowships are competitive and each one is based on a written proposal prepared by the student. The Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship Program award may be supplemented by other funding that supports the proposed project (e.g., funds for supplies or essential travel may be obtained from other sources).
The Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship Program applications will be evaluated using the following three criteria:
1. RESEARCH PROJECT QUALITY
In judging the quality of the proposed research project, reviewers consider the following:
a. Is the project innovative or creative?
b. Are the goals clearly articulated?
c. Is the project of theoretical and/or practical significance?
d. Are important issues of project design and analysis appropriately addressed?
e. Can adequate progress be made on the project during the summer funding period?
2. ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH ACHIEVEMENTS
Evaluation for this category will be made by analyzing the following elements in the application:
a. Research proposal
b. Publications, performances and showings in the arts, presentations and invited papers as well as involvement in the field, honors and awards, and involvement in leadership and volunteer organizations.
3. COMPLIANCE WITH APPLICATION GUIDELINES
To allow the review committee to equitably evaluate all applications, it is important that the application instructions and guidelines be followed. Applications lacking the required materials, not following instructions, or providing false information will not be evaluated by the review committee.
SUBMISSION: Applications will only be accepted from undergraduate students at the University of Cincinnati. Each student is responsible for identifying a Faculty Advisor who will work with the student in preparing the application.
You must indicate which one of the five (5) committees should review the proposal (Arts & Humanities; Behavioral & Social Sciences; Life Sciences; Physical Sciences; or Engineering). Contact your Faculty Advisor if you need advice on this matter.
AWARDS: $1,500 is available for stipend support ($750 per month for two months). Funding is available from May 1 – June 30, 2013. Students who have been accepted into other UC-sponsored summer undergraduate programs are eligible to apply for this fellowship. If awarded, the student will receive the higher of the two stipends and the URC funds will be used for all or part of that support.