The Summer Research Fellowship program is designed to give financial assistance to faculty members for conducting creative work and research full time during the summer months. The maximum award for the Summer Research Fellow is $2,500. The Fellowship will be viewed as a stipend that will be paid in the form of a grant at the end of the preceding spring semester, and will not be subject to retirement benefits. All or part of the money can also be used to cover research expenses such as travel, student aides, expendable supplies, and equipment. Those wishing to use the award to defray expenses must submit a tentative budget (either with the application or after the award is announced) which will be subject to University approval. The Provost's Office will approve the budget and will help the faculty member set up an expense account. Those seeking Summer Research Fellowships are also eligible to apply for additional money for expenses through expense grants described elsewhere.
Applications for Summer Research Fellowships shall be submitted to the Office of the Provost. New deadlines have recently been enacted by the Committee. Specific dates can be found on the deadlines web page. Generally, the deadline for the receipt of the application and all supporting documents is finals week in December. In order to be eligible for a Summer Research Fellowship, an applicant must:
Summer Research Fellowships shall not be awarded for any project that in any way contributes toward the attainment of a degree. Preference may be given to those who have obtained supplemental funding for this project from outside resources. Faculty with twelve-month appointments are eligible for Summer Research Fellowships but only with the understanding that they will receive released time, not a cash grant. The applicants must negotiate the availability of released time with their unit head prior to applying. The stipend, or portions of it, can be made available to the unit to enhance existing budgets or to defray expenses incurred in covering for released time. As indicated above, the stipend can also be used to cover research expenses.
A Summer Research Fellow shall file with the Office of the Provost a detailed report on his/her work, normally by October 1, following the summer for which the award was granted. A copy shall also be filed with the Summer Research Fellow's department. If a subsequent application for a Summer Research Fellowship is made on the basis of the same project, a detailed progress report on the work done under the earlier award shall accompany the application.