Research Fellowships

Fellowship applications are now being accepted year round!

Apply for an Undergraduate Research Fellowship!

Deadlines (we encourage submissions prior to deadline):
Spring Term (typically Jan -April) Deadline: January 30
Summer Term (typically May-July) Deadline: April 30
Fall Term (typically Aug-Dec) Deadline: July 30

Research Fellowships are financial awards for Honors students pursuing research projects with MSU faculty. Research may be performed on-campus or off-campus (typically 20 hours per week for 8-10 weeks in summer and 5-10 hours per week for 10-15 weeks during the academic year). This program will consider budgets up to $2000 per student per term.  While we are rarely able to fully fund every project, we try to at least partially fund those projects determined to be worthwhile. We try to assist with materials and resources (paying research subjects, etc.) required for the research and some salary support.

Eligibility: Applicants are required to have an MSU faculty mentor approve and supervise their research and be in good standing with the Shackouls Honors College.

Application Materials
You will need to provide:

  1. Description of your research project including purpose, significance, methods, and timeline (about 1-2 pages)
  2. Proposed budget outlining materials, amount, cost, estimated number of hours and weeks of work.  Hourly rate can be around $9-11 per hour. 
  3. Letter of support from your faculty mentor that they agree to the proposed project and budget and commit to supervise your research and the disbursement of the funds

You are encouraged to seek support from your academic department so that the honors office can leverage our limited resources and serve as many deserving students as possible. When you prepare your budget, please note all other funding being received from your home department or mentor.  You can find samples of acceptable preliminary budgets here, here, and here!

It is your responsibility to check with your research mentor as to whether or not your research project is restricted (i.e. classified, export controlled (EAR/ITAR), proprietary or other restriction). If your mentor identifies your research as restricted, the release of any information to the public must be coordinated with the Office of Research Security to obtain required authorizations before release. Severe penalties, both civil and criminal, may result if restricted information is made public without the proper authorizations.

If you are funded, you will be expected to:

  • Present your findings at Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Submit a research report to Dr. Anastasia Elder 30 days after end of funding period. Research reports must be submitted as a Microsoft Word or PDF document. View past research reports.
  • You may also be required to submit an abstract to a regional or national conference and, if accepted, present at the conference. If you submit to a conference, you may be eligible for a partial travel grant to assist you in presenting at the conference. If we request that you submit to a conference, you will be funded to go. A separate application is required for travel awards.

The monies for these fellowships have been primarily funded by Bobby & Judy Shackouls.