The Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards (DURA) are designed to promote independent research projects among our exceptional undergraduate students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. These awards, which range from $500 to $3,000, will enable undergraduates in KSAS to pursue original research, work closely with a Hopkins faculty mentor, and advance knowledge for the world. Awardees have an entire year to use the funding (from May 1, 2016–May 1, 2017).
KSAS undergraduates in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences are all eligible for these awards. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply. (Seniors are not eligible to apply for these awards.)
Funding for all projects may be used for any research-related expenses, such as travel, equipment, supplies, printing costs, and data collection. Funds may be also be used for a student stipend, if the applicant can demonstrate that a stipend is essential to completion of the project.
If your project is funded, a final product must be turned in to the Office of the Dean at the end of the funding period. This product will be the culmination of your research, such as a thesis, a paper, a documentary, or the like, and will be posted on the DURA website.
The competition for the 2016-2017 cycle has ended. The deadline for the next competition will be February 24, 2017. Please check back for updates.
Application materials include:
A two to three pages long, single-spaced proposal that addresses the following:
- The topic to be explored
- Your qualifications for conducting the research
- Your timeline for completion of the project
- Expected outcome of the project (honors thesis, etc.)
- An itemized budget
One letter of recommendation from a faculty member is required. Once your application is submitted, please ask your recommender to upload the letter where indicated at the top of the application. Recommendation letters should address the following:
- How long and in what capacity you have known the student
- The student’s academic strengths, qualifications, and ability to conduct independent research
- How often the mentor and student will meet about the project
Please note that you must review the HIRB guidelines prior to submitting your proposal.
Sheridan Libraries Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards
Additional Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fellowships are available for students working on relevant humanities and social sciences research projects that specifically utilize primary source materials in the rare book, manuscript, and archival collections of the Sheridan Libraries at JHU. These collections span 5,000 years of rare and unique objects from ancient cuneiform tablets and Egyptian papyri fragments, to illuminated medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, incunabula and earliest illustrated books, on to masterpieces of 18th century fine printing and graphic arts, as well as print from Industrial Revolution to arts of the book in the modern era. Also of relevance to DURA candidates are the libraries’ historical manuscript collections, and the University Archives, which preserve the papers of many of the most influential scholars ever to conduct research and teaching at JHU. These collections are held collectively in the Milton S. Eisenhower Library Special Collections, the George Peabody Library in downtown Baltimore, and the John Work Garrett Library at Evergreen Museum & Library in north Baltimore. Students may consult these collections in the Reading Room of the Brody Learning Commons on the Homewood Campus during regular operating hours (Mondays to Fridays, 10 am to 6 pm; also Tuesdays, 6-8 pm, by appointment).
The Sheridan Libraries DURA awards differ from the general Krieger School DURA program in that they are generally restricted to the summer months (a period between May and August 2016), and are to be used as cost-of-living stipends to support awardees who will remain resident in Baltimore for the duration of their research fellowship periods. Awards consist of a minimum of $1,250 for a four-week research period, up to a maximum of $3,750 for a 12-week period of funding). Any additional research expenses that may emerge over the course of one’s tenure in the DURA program must be drawn from the total amount of the student award, though in-kind costs such as digitization may be possible without charge. Successful applications will be required to submit a full written report of their research findings to their Faculty and/or Curator Mentor(s) at the conclusion of their research fellowships in order to satisfy the minimum requirements of the Award. Awardees will receive two letters of acceptance, one that they must fill out, sign, and return to the Sheridan Libraries DURA Program Director before beginning their fellowship term, which will confirm that the recipient understands and agrees to the terms of the DURA award. Failure to complete these agreed upon requirements may result in an awardee forfeiting some or all of his or her award back to the Sheridan Libraries. Sheridan Library DURA awardees may be invited to present their work in a public presentation, or to contribute to a small-scale interpretive exhibition of their research materials and findings on a voluntary basis after the conclusion of the research award.
Eligibility for application is restricted to rising freshmen, sophomores, or juniors (graduating seniors are not eligible). Students typically live in Baltimore for the summer months, and utilize the Libraries’ collections for intensive research (a minimum of 25 hours per week of work in the Reading Room of the Brody Learning Commons is required). Students will work closely with faculty and curators throughout the award period. Applicants are strongly encouraged to identify a Curator Mentor, in addition to any Faculty Mentor you would plan to work with (this can be one in the same person), and to coordinate your application in advance of the deadline so that a Special Collections curator can help applicants determine a viable set of materials with which to work. Given sufficient advance time, Curator Mentors will also be available to help applicants formulate and refine draft research project proposals to assure a realistic, engaging program of research that will take full advantage of new and little studied materials in the Sheridan Libraries Collections.
Any questions may be directed to the Sheridan Libraries DURA Program Director, Dr. Earle Havens, the William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants should NOT use the standard Krieger School DURA application. Instead open the following link to the Sheridan Libraries DURA Application Form 2016 Competition, which explains all requirements for successful completion. The deadline to receive all required materials is February 26, 2016, by 11:59 pm. Notifications will go out to all applicants during the week of March 14, 2016 via e-mail from the Sheridan Libraries DURA Program Director.
Charles S. Singleton Center Undergraduate Research Awards for the Study of Premodern Europe
Fellowships are available to support undergraduate research projects dealing with any aspect of premodern Europe. Premodern is understood to refer to the period between Classical Antiquity and the end of the eighteenth century. Topics may fall within the disciplines of History, History of Science and Technology, History of Medicine, History of Art, German and Romance Languages and Literature, English, Philosophy, or Classics. These awards may encompass any of the three DURA award categories. To apply, or for more information, please contact Dr. Earle Havens, William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, at email@example.com.