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Continuing, full-time, degree-seeking University of Richmond undergraduate students in good standing may apply for a UR Summer Fellowship to support internship or research opportunities. The Richmond Guarantee ensures eligible students access to one summer fellowship of up to $4,000 to support unpaid or low-paid internship and research experiences. Receipt of UR Summer Fellowship funding is contingent upon the student’s submission of high-quality application materials that meet the requirements of the program(s) to which he or she applies.

UR Summer Fellowship Eligibility
  • Students who have secured a summer internship opportunity that is unpaid or minimally paid (less than $10/hr) may apply for a fellowship to finance their living expenses.
  • Students who are interested in pursuing faculty-mentored research during the summer may apply for a fellowship to support their work as a researcher.
  • Research proposals must be developed according to program guidelines and endorsed by a University of Richmond faculty member.
  • Each program has its own requirements, and students must qualify according to program standards. GPA will be considered by some programs. Review program qualifications for further details.
  • First-time applicants who have not received UR Summer Fellowship funding in a previous summer are given priority in the awarding process. Students who have previously received a summer fellowship are not guaranteed an additional summer of funding support.
  • In order to be eligible for a summer fellowship, applicants must meet enrollment requirements for the semester before and after the desired summer experience:
    • Applicants must be enrolled full-time during the semester preceding the summer fellowship OR be on an approved leave and have met all of the criteria to return in the fall semester following the summer experience;
    • Applicants must be registered for a full-time course load for the fall semester following the desired fellowship period OR have an approved leave scheduled for the fall semester with plans to return in the spring of the following year;
    • Applicants who plan to transfer to another institution the semester following a summer fellowship period are not eligible for funding. Students who receive funding and sign a funding contract then decide to transfer during the course of the summer fellowship period may be required to reimburse the University for the funding amount granted.
Award Rates

The amount of the awards will be made according to the number of hours spent in the fellowship at the rate of $10/hour. The minimum number of hours is 240 over the course of six weeks; the maximum is 400. For example:

  • 400 hours = $4,000
  • 320 hours = $3,200
  • 240 hours = $2,400

The award rate is non-negotiable; cost-of-living adjustments are not made based on the location of a given internship or research experience.

Students who are minimally paid by their site or another funding source (such as Bonner or Richmond Scholars) may apply to be topped off to the stated amounts. For example, if a student is paid a $1,000 stipend from the internship site for a 400-hour internship, he/she may apply to receive $3,000.

Third-Party Provider Internship or Research Experiences

Internship or research experiences obtained via fee-based/third-party companies or providers are not eligible for UR Summer Fellowship funding, with the exception of the following approved providers:University of Richmond Australia, Germany, Ireland, London, South Africa and Spain Summer Internships; China Studies Institute; CIEE; IES; and 8-week ISA Service-Learning opportunities in Chile, Costa Rica, Ireland, and Peru. Approved third-party provider internships must meet all of the stated criteria for the desired URSF funding program, including total number of hours.

International Travel Policy
The University of Richmond does not permit students to use University funds to travel to countries under U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings unless the student has received specific approval from the Office of International Education. For more information on international travel, please review the following University policies:
Credit-Bearing Work During Research or Internship

Students are generally discouraged from enrolling in credit-bearing work during the period of their undergraduate research or internship. If a student has a compelling reason to take a class during the same time period as his/her UR Summer Fellowship, the credit-bearing work cannot interfere with the student’s research or internship, and it should not require any adjustment to the student’s research or internship work schedule. If you would like to enroll in credit-bearing work during the period of your fellowship, contact Ashleigh Brock. In all cases, students who have a UR Summer Fellowship must receive permission from their site supervisor or faculty mentor before they may enroll in credit-bearing work during the same time period.

Impact on Financial Aid

Students are eligible to receive funding through UR Summer Fellowships regardless of their family’s financial circumstances or whether they are receiving financial aid. Funding may affect the amount of financial aid that a student is eligible to receive during summer session if the research or internship overlaps with the student’s summer school enrollment. Funding will not affect the amount of financial aid the student is eligible to receive for the academic year following the summer the fellowship is received; however, it may affect a student’s eligibility for need-based financial aid for the year after. UR Summer Fellowship funding must be reported as student income on the next year’s financial aid application, just as income from any other summer job would be reported, and it will be assessed as part of the overall review of the student’s eligibility for need-based financial aid. We strongly encourage students to speak with a financial aid advisor to learn what, if any, impact UR Summer Fellowship funding might have on their financial aid eligibility.

Returning Funding to the University

All UR Summer Fellowship recipients and their internship or research supervisors sign a contract at the outset of the funded experience that states: “If you do not fulfill the conditions of this contract and the internship/research requirements, you will repay the University for the initial 80% advanced to you and forfeit any right to the remaining 20%.” Extenuating circumstances should be discussed with the student’s UR Summer Fellowship program manager.

Examples of situations in which award recipients could be expected to remit partial or full repayment of summer fellowship awards include:

  • The student is dismissed or fired by the organization hosting the student as an intern or researcher
  • The student is awarded fellowship funding, but does not accept / participate in the internship or research opportunity for which the fellowship was awarded
  • The student departs an internship or research experience prior to the stated end of the fellowship period and/or without completing the research or internship project for which the fellowship had been provided
  • The student works significantly fewer hours than originally indicated in the summer fellowship contract 

Questions?

For questions about UR Summer Fellowships requirements and the application process, contact the designated program managers.