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All UR Summer Fellowship applications will be available on SpiderConnect in January 2018. Applications for research funding (Arts and Sciences Summer Research Fellowships, Jepson Summer Research Grants, and Spider Research Funds) are due at noon on Feb. 12, 2018. Applications for internship funding (Chaplaincy Summer Internships, Civic Fellowships, Burrus Fellowships, Spider Internship Funds, and Urban Education Fellowships) are due at 11:59 p.m. on April 2, 2018.

To apply for a UR Summer Fellowship you must:

  1. Complete the UR Summer Fellowships Common Application.
  2. Log in to SpiderConnect: If this is your first time logging in to SpiderConnect, you will be required to update your profile and submit the Office of Alumni and Career Services’ user agreement before proceeding to the application.
  3. Click the Documents tab. Upload any application materials required by your UR Summer Fellowships program(s). Note: All UR Summer Fellowships require an application or proposal document. When uploading this document, label it “UR Summer Fellowship Application.”
    1. Research applicants: Your résumé/CV must be included as the last page of your proposal document. SpiderConnect will prompt you to attach a resume to your application; please note this is NOT a required step for you
  4. Internship applicants: You are required to attend a mandatory UR Summer Fellowships Information Session. Session dates and times are listed at the bottom of this page. 
  5. Make sure you follow the specific recommendation requirements for each program as specified in each program drop down below.
  6. Click Opportunities, then UR Summer Fellowships. Review the fellowship posting directions carefully, then use your uploaded documents to apply to the fellowship(s).

Each URSF program has specific application requirements:

Arts and Sciences Summer Research Fellowships

Download the individual or team applications in Word - Completed applications must be uploaded and submitted in SpiderConnect. See application instructions above.

Applicants may submit an individual proposal completed by the student with guidance from the faculty mentor, or a team proposal completed by the faculty mentor in cooperation with a group of students who plan to work on aspects of the same project.

Individual Application

  • Project proposal, including aims; background and significance; project design and methods; literature cited; and necessary forms
  • Résumé (include as final page of your proposal document)
  • BannerWeb unofficial transcript
  • Letter of recommendation from your faculty mentor
  • Project progress report, if you have previously completed research

Team Application

  • Project proposal, including aims; background and significance; project design and methods; literature cited; and necessary forms
  • Résumé for each team member, including the faculty mentor
  • To ensure privacy, EACH individual team member should email their own Unofficial BannerWeb transcript to rplymale@richmond.edu.  Team captains should not be give access to other team members’ transcripts

Note: The faculty mentor must select a team designee to upload the proposal and apply in SpiderConnect.

Chaplaincy Summer Internships

Download the application as a PDF  or Word document– Completed applications must be uploaded and submitted in SpiderConnect. See application instructions above.

  • Career Services-approved résumé (You must complete Career Services’ Résumé Check process prior to March 29 in order to apply)
  • URSF Recommendation Form to be completed on your behalf by a faculty member with whom you have taken a course.(Use this recommendation request template to ensure that your recommender has the information they need to complete the form)
  • URSF Recommendation Form to be completed on your behalf by a religious leader from your tradition who can speak to your spiritual or religious commitments. (Use this recommendation request template to ensure that your recommender has the information they need to complete the form)
  • Attend a mandatory information session. Dates and times can be found at the bottom of this page
Application Questions
  • Why are you interested in this internship and how does this internship connect your faith commitments with your professional aspirations?
  • Why are you interested in pursuing this internship during this particular summer? 
  • Outline the mission, goals, and activities of the organization with which you would be serving as an intern.
  • What type of work will your internship entail?
  • Please list 2-3 personal or professional goals that you hope to accomplish through this internship. 
  • What has been your involvement in religious life before you came to the University of Richmond and while attending UR?
  • How has your engagement with religious life informed your interest in pursuing this internship?
  • List coursework or research that you have completed relevant to this internship.
  • List any employment or other significant time commitments for the summer in which the internship will occur.
Civic Fellowships

Download the application as a PDF or Word document – Completed applications must be uploaded and submitted in SpiderConnect. See application instructions above.

  • BannerWeb unofficial transcript
  • URSF recommendation form from a faculty member familiar with your academic work. In most cases, this will be your faculty mentor. However, if you have not taken a class with your mentor, please request your recommendation from a faculty member from whom you have taken a class. Use this recommendation request template to ensure that the faculty member has all the information they need to submit the form
  • Attend a mandatory information session.  Dates and times are at the bottom of this page
Application Questions
  • Internship description, goals, and significance for civic engagement
  • What type of work will your internship entail?
  • How did you find out about this internship?
  • List any employment or other significant time commitments for the summer in which the internship will occur.
  • Completed with Mentor: Academic grounding and proposed mentoring of the student
  • Completed with Mentor: Anticipated learning outcomes
Jepson Summer Research Grants

Download the application as a PDF or Word document - Completed applications must be uploaded and submitted in SpiderConnect. See application instructions above.

  • Letter of recommendation from your faculty mentor
  • Courses (with grades) completed relevant to proposed research project
  • Additional background in the subject area
  • Project proposal, including aims; background and significance; project design and methods; and literature cited
Robert L. Burrus Jr. Fellowship

Download the application as a PDF or Word document – Completed applications must be uploaded and submitted in SpiderConnect. See application instructions above.

  • Attend a mandatory information session.  Dates and times are at the bottom of this page
  • Résumé (You must complete Career Services’ Résumé Check process prior to March 29 in order to apply)
  • Describe your internship site and the nature of the work you will be doing. Please highlight projects, programs and/or initiatives for which you will have responsibility
Spider Internship Funds

Download the application as a PDF or Word document – Completed applications must be uploaded and submitted in SpiderConnect. See application instructions above.

  • Attend a mandatory information session.  Dates and times are at the bottom of this page
  • Career Services-approved résumé (You must complete Career Services’ Résumé Check process prior to March 29 in order to apply)
  • URSF Recommendation Form completed on your behalf (use this recommendation request template to ensure that your recommender has the information they need to complete the form)
  • A description of your intended internship
  • List three to five learning objectives
  • How will this opportunity allow you to explore the connection between your academic and career goals?

Review the scoring criteria for Spider Internship Fund applications.

RSB Summer Research Fellowship

Download the application as a PDF or Word document - Completed applications must be uploaded and submitted in SpiderConnect. See application instructions above.

  • Letter of recommendation from your faculty mentor
  • Project proposal, including aims; academic preparation; background and significance; project design and methods; research subjects; and literature cited
Urban Education Fellowship

Download the application as a PDF or Word document – Completed applications must be uploaded and submitted in SpiderConnect. See application instructions above.

  • Attend a mandatory information session.  Dates and times are at the bottom of this page
  • Career Services-approved résumé (You must complete Career Services’ Résumé Check process prior to March 29 in order to apply
  • URSF recommendation form from a faculty member.  Use this recommendation request template to ensure that your recommender has the information they need to complete the form

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
Weinstein Grants

Download the Weinstein Grant application as a PDF or Word document - Completed applications must be uploaded and submitted in SpiderConnect. See application instructions above.

Weinstein Grant applicants must submit:

  • At least one application to a UR Summer Fellowship program (Weinstein funding is supplemental to a UR Summer Fellowship award from one of the 8 other programs)
  • Weinstein Grant application
  • For Burrus applicants only: A letter of recommendation should be emailed to Shani Buchholz at sbuchhol@richmond.edu​(applicants to all other fellowship programs do not need to submit a separate recommendation)
  • An unofficial transcript

Application Questions

  • Is your project an internship, research project, or study abroad experience, and to what type of organization, institute, or program will you be connected, if any? Why is this opportunity significant for your personal, intellectual, or professional development?
  • If your international experience will take place in connection with a faculty member, please provide the name of the faculty member.
  • What is the location of your project or internship? Why is the location appropriate for your goals?
  • How might the outcomes of your summer experience assist in advancing international understanding at UR?
  • Provide the estimate you find online for economy airfare to and from your chosen destination on your likely dates of travel. Some portion of this figure will be incorporated into your award if you receive a Weinstein grant.

Who Receives a Fellowship?

1 in 7 eligible students received a UR Summer Fellowship. At the program level, acceptance rates ranged from 50% to 100%.

Awardees are representative of the student body:

  • Students of color: 24%
  • First-generation college students: 17%
  • International citizens: 13%
  • Athletes: 8%

Video: How to Apply

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