At RU, there are many opportunities for students to apply and receive funding and support for the completion of their research. The OSR accepts proposals for independent research and creative inquiry activity, on a bi-annual basis, with submission deadlines in the Fall and the Spring. We also assist in adverting student research positions offered by individual professors, offices/research centers. Faculty and Staff may post brief descriptions of opportunities below. Please note that this does not replace Roosevelt's career center; those posting will be prompted to include the job number for easy navigation.
Below is more information on the different types of funding offered by RU, the eligibility criteria, deadlines, and application process. If you need additional guidance or have questions on the awards or process, please make an appointment with OSR staff.
Student Research Fellowships: Fellowship application funding deadline (for late Fall 2019/Spring 2020) is September 30, 2019. Access applications beginning August 29, 2019 here.
Exploratory Research and Scholarship Fellowships (up to $1,000): Available to all Roosevelt University students, especially first- and second-year undergraduate students, to begin research and creative scholarship early in their studies. Scroll down for eligibility requirements.
Advanced Research and Scholarship Fellowships (up to $1,500): Available to all Roosevelt University students, especially third- and fourth-year undergraduate students and recent transfer students, to conduct advanced research and complete creative scholarship. Several fellowships are reserved for graduate students who wish to conduct research early in their studies. Fellowships will not fund thesis completion. Scroll down for eligibility requirements
Community-based research fellowships (Year-round applications, availability based on funding/project): Available to all Roosevelt University students who wish to conduct applied, collaborative, community-based research. Students awarded these fellowships will join existing university-community collaborative projects, working as part of a team. The OSR builds fellowship projects with organizations and initiatives around the Chicago area that work towards building equity in social, political and economic arenas. Please go to Career Central to look for current opportunities.
*If you know of any other on-campus research and/or funding opportunities and would like to have it announced, please fill out the form for Advertising Paid and Unpaid On-Campus Research Opportunities that is located on our About page.
Award selection is competitive and based on the overall quality, creativity, and feasibility of the project; the faculty mentor’s letter of support; and the student’s academic record.
Although awards are typically granted on an individual basis, several students may apply for joint funding (e.g., particularly appropriate for interdisciplinary projects) provided that each group member’s role and contribution to the overall project is spelled out.
Students are eligible to receive one award for each academic year at Roosevelt. However, awardees of Exploratory Research and Scholarship Fellowships may apply for the Advanced Research and Scholarship Fellowships related to the same or a new project in different academic years. Please note that priority will be given to new projects over applications for funding for a previously funded project, now at a different stage.
Students receiving research funding from other sources (e.g., McNair, Honors) can apply for Research and Scholarship Fellowships, however, students without previous funding will be given priority. Students must note in their budget if they are receiving funding from other sources.
Funding provided through the various types of awards may be used for a variety of expenses. Students can elect to have most of the award go to a stipend, to allow time to work on the project. Students can split the funding between a stipend and other expenses needed for the project. Applicants should work with their mentor and OSR staff on creating a realistic budget.
These awards are not intended to fund conference travel.
September 30, 2019. Applicants can apply for funding for Fall, Spring or Summer 2019.
For the 2019-2020 cycle, students and mentors will be notified of awards by October 15.
Successful applicants receive their awards in three installments. One-third is awarded at the beginning of the project, one-third midway through and after receipt of progress report, and one-third based on completion of project and presentation at the Annual Research Day symposium.
The online application consists of three components: 1) A research proposal, 2) Statement of support from a faculty mentor, 3) A recommendation form. Each component is described in detail below and will be completed separately. Students can apply through the link on the website and completed applications will be forwarded to recommenders to fill out and submit the recommendation form.
**The application will be sent to the OSR twice: once when the applicant submits and once when the recommender submits. Applicants and recommenders will receive a notification of receipt of application. Please note this process has changed from 2018-19.
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The proposal should be both concise and intelligible to an audience of individuals within and outside the student's discipline (i.e., write for a broad audience who may not specialize in your field of study). The proposal must contain the following elements:
Provide a brief project title.
This will consist of a brief project summary that details for a general audience the purpose, significance, methods, and anticipated outcomes, including dissemination, of your research or creative endeavor.
A brief, specific statement of the issue, problem or creative endeavor that the student seeks to explore.
Address research questions the project will address; or
A brief summary of objectives for the proposed research or creative endeavor;
A list of expected outcomes from the proposed research or creative endeavor.
A specific description of the research or creative methods being applied in the project.
An assessment of resources required for project planning and implementation.
A discussion of any potential project challenges.
An assessment of whether the project involves human subjects or personal data. Discussion of steps being taken to obtain Institutional Review Board’s approval, waiver, or anticipated approval. (IRB approval must occur before project begins.)
A clear and concise statement of why the project is important (e.g., within the field of study).
Address how the project is expected to contribute to the generation of new information, scholarship, knowledge, or creative work.
Use this section to indicate the number of hours that will be allocated to the project, weekly.
Prepare a detailed, week-by-week timetable outlining the specific steps and duration of your proposed course of action for carrying the project to completion. Please note when your project begins and concludes. All projects must be carried out during the term for which the applicant is applying. While projects may continue beyond the award term, applicants should describe the portion that can be completed during the award duration.
Please consider how this fits into your interests and plans for your academic and professional career.
Here you may consider course work, prior research, professional experience or other personal experiences, skills and interests that prepare you to carry out your project.
Students must arrange to have their faculty mentor submit a statement of support by the proposal deadline, indicating their evaluation on the merit and feasibility of the project as well as their willingness to mentor and guide the student(s) during the duration of the project. The online application system will prompt you to enter your faculty mentor’s contact details and solicit a letter from them.
Students awarded a Research and Scholarship Fellowship will receive a stipend. The stipend is intended to provide the student adequate time to complete the project. Award recipients will be able to apply separately for up to $200 in a research budget, upon notification of award receipt. Students and mentors must submit a budget request form to email@example.com that specifies the items required for project completion and documentation of item price. Once the budget request is approved, the student and mentor must work with OSR staff on purchasing items.
Students receiving Research and Scholarship Fellowships and their mentors are responsible for developing mutual expectations together. Students awarded the fellowship will be asked to fill out a Learning Agreement with their faculty mentor. However, during the application preparation process, students and mentors should clarify the expected outcomes are, the role each plays in this process, and the best way to communicate.
Research and Scholarship activities require a time commitment. The stipend that is provided to the student is intended to free up time to intensive work on their projects. Mentors and students should work on a timeline and agree to regularly meet to assess progress. While students are not required to turn in hours, a full award is intended to fund 8-10 hours per week over the course of the semester. Ultimately, the time commitment varies and is ultimately up to the Learning Agreement between the student and mentor.
Students receiving fellowships are required to participate in three workshops or online modules in the Research Academy over the course of the term or academic year (students are welcome to participate in as many as they want). These workshops or modules are meant to bolster research and presentation skills. The OSR will schedule these throughout the term, giving students several opportunities to participate.
Research and Scholarship Fellowship recipients are expected to participate in the Annual Research Day. All fellowship recipients are expected to share their research or scholarly activity either in an oral presentation, poster presentation, or disciplinary-specific demonstration. OSR encourages fellowship recipients to present their work at other conferences. Students should work with their mentors for feedback and recommendations.
All award recipients are expected to turn in a final, stand-alone research or creative inquiry product. That is, a demonstration of the work conducted that does not require the student be present to provide an additional narrative. Awards recipients are expected to work with faculty mentors and OSR staff to establish expectations for a final product for their specific project.
Below is the full directory of present OSR fellows at RU. For more information about our fellowship opportunities, please visit our Research Opportunities and Funding page.
Below is the full directory of past OSR fellows at RU. For more information about our fellowship opportunities, please visit our Research Opportunities and Funding page.