The Yale College Dean's Research Fellowship, the Sheffield Society Undergraduate Research Fellowship and the Heywood Fellowship for the Physical Sciences provide fellowships to support original undergraduate research projects that cannot be supported through other programs or faculty research grants. A total of 60 awards were made in summer 2013.
"My summer research experience supported by the Yale College Dean's Fellowship was very positive and enriching.... It gave me the opportunity to continue my research through the summer, which would not have been possible otherwise.... In addition, I felt the program provided me an invaluable opportunity to talk with other scientists and students who are interested in pursuing similar paths in research and academia."
Valerie Karplus '02
Stipend support of $3440-$4300 is normally granted for a full time 8-10 week summer research experience under the supervision of a Yale University faculty member. When necessitated by the academic objectives of the project, research experiences of shorter or longer duration or intensity may be considered for support at proportionate levels. In exceptional cases, support may be considered for other research-related expenses. Currently enrolled sophomores and juniors proposing research in the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics and computer science are eligible to apply.
Applications for summer 2014 support must be submitted online through the Student Grants & Fellowship database by the deadline. It is expected that awards will be announced in early April.
Applications must include the following materials:
1) A completed copy of the Yale College Dean's Research Fellowship application.
2) A description of the proposed research program, including the research and training objectives, and how these will prepare the applicant for further study in his or her field of interest.
3) A CV/resume, a description of relevant experience, and a copy of the applicant's transcript (an "unofficial" copy or academic record printed from the web or obtained in the applicant's residential college dean's office is sufficient).
4) A confidential evaluation from the proposed faculty mentor, including evaluation of the qualifications and potential of the student, the scholarly and pedagogic merits of the proposed project, the student's role in the development of the proposal, and a detailed plan for the supervision of the project. In addition, the proposed mentor should include a summary of current grant support and the potential availability of grant funds to contribute to the student's summer support.