The Office of Student Research encourages students to pursue funded opportunities to conduct research and engage in creative scholarship. On the following pages, we list internally funded opportunities, offered by Roosevelt, as well as a guide to external opportunities, offered by other schools, foundations, and national agencies.
The Office of Student Research (OSR) offers financial and academic support to help students interested in developing and executing research and mission-related creative and scholarly projects. OSR initiatives support students at each stage of the research process, from connecting with mentors and securing funding, to gaining research skills, to sharing results with the Roosevelt University community and beyond. The OSR also provides professional development, graduate school preparation resources, and information on nationally competitive summer programs and fellowships.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Applications for the next cycle are set to open in March 2020. Please check back then for information on submission and deadlines.
**OSR fellowships are not the only Roosevelt program providing research funding. Honors students should explore research opportunities in the Honors Program. Contact the McNair Scholars Program to learn if you are eligible to participate in this federally-funded program offering research, mentorship, and graduate school preparation resources. Performing arts students should look at the Center for Arts Leadership.
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There are a number of ways to get involved in research while you are a student at Roosevelt. For students interested in a research career or a PhD program, it is recommended that you participate in different types of opportunities while you are a student. Many students think they must already know how to conduct research to get involved, but this isn’t true! You should be motivated to learn to conduct research, as well as to learn how to build your professional skills, such as communication, time management and self-direction. To get involved at this level, you can look for opportunities to conduct research assisting professors, graduate students, or professional researchers on their projects. While it is common for students to spend a few hours a week conducting unpaid research work, at the start, we encourage students to look for paid opportunities.
Once you have learned to conduct research, we recommend that you also work to build and conduct independent projects, with faculty supervision, designed around your research interests. Many students are unsure of what they would like to conduct research on. Remember, we are here to help you build research projects from your interests.
During and after your undergraduate and graduate careers, there are also a number of ways to get involved in research and creative work off campus. These range from internships/apprenticeships to research assistantships or fellowships that allow you to conduct your own work. They may span from a couple of weeks to a year or longer. You are able to apply independently for some, while you will need to work with the Office of Student Research and faculty in your department to apply for others. Finally, there is a great range in the amount of preparation required. For some competitive opportunities, candidates typically spend 3-6 months preparing their application materials, while for others, just a few weeks of preparation are required. On our External Sources of Funding page, you can learn how to get started researching these opportunities, find guidelines for applying, and search through various kinds of opportunities. We encourage students to explore these resources early and often!