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UR Summer Fellowships build on a strong foundation of summer research grants and University-supported internship experiences. Through the eight different programs that make up the UR Summer Fellowships program, students have the opportunity to pursue a research project or internship that fits their passion.

Each program offers a unique experience and has distinct selection criteria. All applications will be available on SpiderConnect in January 2017. Contact program managers with specific questions.

Arts and Sciences Summer Research FellowshipResearchArts and SciencesUnrestricted

The Arts and Sciences Summer Research Fellowship is for students interested in an Arts & Sciences discipline who wish to conduct full-time research.

Students work 40 hours a week for 6 to 10 weeks, totaling 240 to 400 hours. In addition, students are required to have a faculty mentor and present at the A&S Symposium in the spring.

Individual and Team Applications

Students may apply for UR Summer Fellowship funding for individual or team research projects. Please consult with your faculty mentor to decide if an individual or team application is most appropriate for you. Individual proposals are completed by the student with guidance from the faculty mentor. Team proposals are completed by the faculty mentor in cooperation with a group of students who plan to work on aspects of the same project. Individual and team applications are outlined in further detail on the School of Arts and Sciences website.

Apply

Students are selected for Arts and Sciences Summer Research Fellowships based on the following:

  • Rigor, completeness, and feasibility of research proposal
  • Strength of faculty recommendation
  • Strength of student's academic record and relevance of prior preparation

A recommendation is required with the application.

Application deadline: Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 at noon 

Chaplaincy Summer InternshipsInternshipArts and Sciences;Robins School of Business;Jepson School of Leadership StudiesNonprofit, government or education only

Chaplaincy Summer Internship fellowships are for students interested in integrating their faith commitments with their professional aspirations. The internships may be in a faith-based or nonprofit organization, or within a church, parish, or other religious institution.

Students work 40 hours a week for six to 10 weeks, totaling 240 to 400 hours. In addition, students are required to attend two orientation sessions; complete readings and reflection papers; meet regularly in person or via Skype with a Chaplaincy mentor; prepare a final paper; and participate in donor acknowledgement.

Apply

Students are selected for a Chaplaincy Summer Internship based on the following:

  • Demonstration of how the internship experience integrates faith commitments and professional aspirations
  • Involvement in campus religious life
  • Quality of application materials

Two recommendations and a resume are required with the fellowship application.

Application deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. 

Civic FellowshipsInternshipArts and Sciences;Robins School of Business;Jepson School of Leadership StudiesNonprofit, government or education only

Civic Fellowships are for intellectually curious students completing academically grounded internships in the nonprofit or government sectors.

Students work 40 hours a week for eight to 10 weeks, totaling 320 to 400 hours (exceptions may be made in cases where an organization permits only shorter internships of between 240-319 hours, as is the case for some federal government internships). In addition, students are required to have a faculty mentor; complete written assignments and reflections; attend an orientation session; participate in three Civic Fellows meetings (either in person or via teleconference); and present at the Civic Fellows Symposium.

Apply
Students are selected for a Civic Fellowship based on the following:
  • Commitment to intellectual inquiry
  • Quality of the proposed internship project to the organization and community
  • Strength of the connection between the internship and the applicant's academic studies and career goals

A recommendation is required with the fellowship application.

Application deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

Jepson Summer Research GrantsResearchJepson School of Leadership StudiesUnrestricted

Jepson Summer Research Grants are for leadership studies majors who designate the Jepson School as their home school and wish to immerse themselves in scholarly research in close collaboration with a faculty mentor.

Students work a minimum of six weeks, with a total of 240 to 400 hours. In addition, students are required to have a faculty mentor.

Apply

Students are selected for an Jepson Summer Research Grant based on the following:

  • Rigor of research proposal
  • Faculty recommendation
  • GPA

A recommendation is required with the application.

Application deadline: Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 at noon

Robert L. Burrus Jr. FellowshipInternshipJepson School of Leadership StudiesNonprofit, government or education only

The Burrus Fellowship is for students planning to fulfill their required Jepson School of Leadership Studies internship in either the United States or Abroad.

Students work at least 240 hours over the summer. In addition, students are required to attend an orientation.

Apply

Students are selected for Burrus Fellowship based on the following:

  • Quality of application materials
  • Substantive internship that meets program qualifications
  • GPA

Application deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

Spider Internship FundsInternshipArts and Sciences;Jepson School of Leadership Studies;Robins School of BusinessUnrestricted

Spider Internship Funds are for students completing a summer internship that connects with their academic and career goals.

Students work a minimum of six weeks, with a total of 240 to 400 hours. In addition, students who are awarded funding are required to attend an spring semester orientation program and complete an Experiential Learning profile in SpiderConnect. Summer assignments for Spider Internship Funds recipients include: 

  • Learning Agreement
  • Recorded Exit Interview using InterviewStream
  • Self Evaluation 
  • Employer Evaluation 
  • Internship Outcomes Summary 
Apply

Students are selected for an Spider Internship Funds based on the following:

  • Learning objectives
  • Connection to academic and career goals
  • Quality of application materials

Review the scoring criteria for Spider Internship Fund applications.

Application deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

RSB Research FellowshipsResearchArts and Sciences;Jepson School of Leadership Studies;Robins School of BusinessUnrestricted

RSB Research Fellowships are for Robins School of Business students who wish to immerse themselves in scholarly research in close collaboration with a faculty mentor. Arts & Sciences and Jepson majors seeking to complete a research fellowship should apply to the A&S Summer Research Fellowship or the Jepson Summer Research Grant, respectively. 

Students work 40 hours a week for six to 10 weeks, totaling 240 to 400 hours. In addition, students are required to have a faculty mentor.

Apply

Students are selected for RSB Research Fellowships based on the following:

  • Rigor of research proposal
  • Faculty recommendation
  • GPA

A recommendation is required with the application.

Application deadline: Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 at noon

Urban Education FellowshipsInternship Arts and Sciences;Robins School of Business;Jepson School of Leadership StudiesNonprofit, government or education only
The CCE Urban Education Fellows Program is for students interested in deepening their understanding of urban public education and working with nonprofit partners to provide high-quality learning experiences for youth in Richmond over the summer. 
 
Fellows will intern with organizations in Richmond that serve youth, and spend time meeting with faculty and nonprofit experts in public education; taking fieldtrips; and reading and reflecting on urban education, policy, and history and their own experiences. In addition, fellows are required to attend an orientation session, participate in group discussions and meetings, write reflections, and present on their experiences.
Apply
Students are selected for the Urban Education Fellows Program based on the following:
  • Demonstration of how the internship fits into intellectual and/or personal growth
  • Quality of the application
  • Learning objectives
A recommendation letter and Career Services-approved resume are required.
 
Application deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. 
Weinstein GrantsInternship;ResearchArts and Sciences;Robins School of Business;Jepson School of Leadership StudiesUnrestricted

The Office of International Education offers merit-based Weinstein Grants for internships and research projects conducted abroad during the summer. These grants offer an airfare supplement for students completing international internships or research projects as part of a UR Summer Fellowship-funded experience. These grants are intended to foster and support a wide range of innovative ideas and activities that will enrich applicants' knowledge and appreciation of other cultures, contribute to the international identity of the University of Richmond, and productively engage the community and organization where the project will be located. To qualify, the internship or research experience must be outside of the U.S..

In order to receive a Weinstein Grant, applicants must complete the  Weinstein Grant application in addition to their application for another UR Summer Fellowship program. Students who do not submit another program application in addition to their Weinstein Grant application will not be considered for funding. Weinstein Grant funding is merit-based and not guaranteed to every applicant. Applicants must submit an estimate for the cost of airfare in the grant application; please note awardees are not guaranteed to receive the total estimated airfare cost. 

Students are selected for Weinstein Grants based on the following:

  • Strength of their summer experience description
  • Nature of engagement with the location
  • Academic record

Application deadline for research applicants: February 6, 2017 at noon 

Application deadline for internship applicants: April 3, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. 

Program Distribution

542 summer interns and researchers received support via eight UR Summer Fellowships programs, as well as grant-funded research with faculty. Student funding in summer 2015 was distributed as follows:

  • Arts and Sciences Summer Research: 37%
  • Spider Internship Funds: 38%
  • Faculty-earned grants: 12%
  • Jepson Burrus Fellowship: 3%
  • Spider Research Funds: 3%
  • Civic Fellowships: 3%
  • Chaplaincy Summer Internships: 1%
  • Urban Education Fellowship (CCE): 1%

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