Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
- The program offers year-long, two-semester, one-semester, and summer fellowships.
- Fellowships can be conducted on campus or off campus, like in national or specialized laboratories, or abroad.
- Year-long fellowships begin in the summer and extend through the spring semester.
- One-semester fellowships can be conducted in any semester.
- Length of fellowship offered varies by college/school.
Fellows will be invited to participate in informal gatherings throughout the fellowship year to discuss their research activities and other topics of mutual interest. Both fellows and mentors may be asked to participate in presentations that describe their current research activities. In addition to presenting at annual Auburn University research events, fellows are also encouraged to present papers at regional or national meetings.
- Faculty who are interested in being a mentor to an undergraduate student should be committed to teaching the student, on a one-to-one basis, how to perform research.
- As part of the application, faculty mentors will provide a statement describing the proposed research activity and a proposed budget for the student's research.
- Faculty mentors are expected to spend a minimum of one hour per week with the fellow during an academic semester and/or at least two hours per week during the summer.
One Year Fellowships:
Fellowship Stipend: Amount up to $4,500. Project funds: Up to $1500.
- Time Expectation:
- During Summer: 35-40 hours/week for up to 10 weeks
- During Fall and Spring: 8 - 10 hours/week
Semester Fellowships (Fall and Spring):
- Fellowship stipend: Amount up to $1,500/semester. Project funds: up to $500.
- Time Expectation: During Fall and Spring: 8 - 10 hours/week
- Fellowship stipend: Amount up to $3,000. Project funds: up to $1000.
- Time Expectation: 35-40 hours/week for up to 10 weeks
Support for the program is provided by the Provost’s Office, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the colleges and schools of Auburn University. The program is administered jointly by the Director of Undergraduate Research and the Associate Deans of participating schools and colleges.
A Steering Committee shall advise the Associate Provost and Vice President for Research on the programmatic activities and policies of the Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program. The Steering Committee will be composed of representatives from each college or school.
Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The application for the 2020-2021 fellowship is now open until February 4, 2020.
Although not common, fellowship renewal for a second year is possible. A new application must be submitted to be considered for fellowship renewal.
Co-op students who have completed their co-op work obligations by the end of spring semester may apply for a fellowship beginning in the summer semester. You may not hold a fellowship while being a co-op student.
Students receiving financial aid are welcome to compete for a fellowship. Specific questions regarding the stipend and the student’s financial aid ceiling should be directed to the Director of Undergraduate Research.
Project funds/stipends include money that can be used for travel in accordance with university regulations.
Fellows are permitted to conduct a portion of their research at an off campus site, such as a federal laboratory, other university, library, or field site. A local mentor is still required.
Last modified: September 1, 2020