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.
The Online Application Form
This section will contain:
- Title of project.
- Name(s) of the student applicant(s)
- Basic information on the student (e.g., major, Student ID, contact information)
- Expected Graduation Date
- Amount of funding requested.
- Faculty mentor's name, email address and department.
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.
With whom or what do you propose to work and what do you propose to do? (500 words)
A brief, specific statement of the issue, problem or creative endeavor that the student seeks to explore.
- Any relevant background information, with proper citations, to contextualize the project within the student's disciplinary field(s).
What are the specific project goals, research questions or hypotheses? (300 words)
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.
Please describe the methods you will use to answer your research questions OR the activities you will carry out to develop your project. (500 words)
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.)
What is important or significant about the project? What will it contribute? (500 words)
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.
Hours allocated to project, weekly
Use this section to indicate the number of hours that will be allocated to the project, weekly.
Please provide a timeline, including the chronology and duration of activities.
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.
How does the project further your academic, creative or professional development? (300 words)
Please consider how this fits into your interests and plans for your academic and professional career.
How have you prepared to carry out this project? How does the project further your academic, creative or professional development?
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.
Additional Budget Request
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.