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banner photo with devon verellen posing by volcanic rocks in Norway with her research mentor and Brian Lee in the lab looking through a microscope at a slice of hippocampus
Left: Devon Verellen, a 2014-2015 undergraduate research fellow, studying mountain building processes in Norway.
Right: Brian Lee, a 2014-2015 research fellow, researching synaptic plasticity and memory formulation in the brain.

Auburn University Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The Undergraduate Research Fellowship is a competitive program for undergraduate students to receive stipends for engaging in an individual research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor. The UGR fellowship is highly prestigious, and former fellows have gone on to win nationally prestigious scholarships and attend top professional and graduate schools.

Program Information

The application period for the 2017-2018 fellowship year is now open. All application materials must be recevied by by February 3, 2017.

  • The program offers year-long, semester-long, 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.

  • Students must be currently enrolled at Auburn University.
  • Students must have time to complete their fellowship term before graduation.
  • Students may not hold an undergraduate research fellowship from more than one Auburn University program concurrently.
  • Fellowships are open to students in every major and of every classification (freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior.)
  • Engineering Students: All students applying for a fellowship in the College of Engineering must submit a letter of intent by November 18, 2016. Learn more about this requirement and submit your letter of intent here.

  • A student and faculty mentor should apply as a pair by submitting a joint application.
  • Students must outline their research interests and long term goals. They will be asked to describe their research question and research plan.
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or the student's faculty mentor must also be submitted to
  • Engineering Students: All students applying for a fellowship in the College of Engineering must submit a letter of intent by November 18, 2016. Learn more about this requirement and submit your letter of intent here.

Program Expectations
  • Specific expectations of the fellowship and fellow will be outlined by the college or school offering the fellowship.
  • All fellows will attend an orientation session in which program requirements are explained.
  • Fellows will be asked to provide periodic reports of their research progress each semester.
  • Fellows are required to give a presentation at the annual "This is Research: Student Symposium."
  • At the end of the fellowship, students will submit an abstract, resume, fellowship summary, and a program evaluation.
  • Fellows are required to submit a research highlight or an article to the Auburn University Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship (AUJUS).
  • Any fellow that does not follow these requirements is subject to fellowship revocation.

Fellow Activities
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.
  • 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 $6,000.
  • Time Expectation:
    • During Summer: 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 $2,000.
  • Time Expectation: During Fall and Spring: 8 - 10 hours/week

Summer Fellowships
  • Fellowship stipend: Amount up to $4,000.
  • Time Expectation: 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:

  • Vice President for Research
  • Director of the Honors College
  • Director of Undergraduate Research
  • One Dean
  • One Associate Dean for Research
  • Four Faculty members (each representing a different college or school so that four different colleges/schools are represented)
  • One Undergraduate Research Fellow
Additional members may be added at the discretion of the Vice President for Research.

Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions

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The application period for the 2016-2017 academic year has passed. Check back fall 2016 for information regarding the 2017-2018 Fellowship year. Applications for the 2017-2018 Fellowship year will be due in early February 2017.

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 Updated: October 13, 2016