Who Can Apply?
- Undergraduates applying for freshmen admission to the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
- Current first-year Arts and Sciences students (“rising sophomores”)
In addition to the criteria above, students eligible for this program are those who demonstrate an active interest in conducting their own research. The selection of Wilson Research Fellows is based on academic merit and the strength of the applicant’s proposal for independent projects.
Because this program was established by a generous donation to the dean of the Krieger School, all Fellows must be Arts and Sciences majors. This does not mean, however, that Fellows may not do research in other Hopkins schools. Interdisciplinary research and study is encouraged.
How to Apply
The application process is slightly different for incoming freshmen and for rising sophomores.
For Incoming Freshmen
To be considered for the Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program in the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, please respond by completing and returning the form found on the Undergraduate Admissions site.
Deadline for Incoming Freshmen: Friday, January 27th, 2017
Please note: Notifications are only sent to fellowship recipients. If you are awarded as a fellow, you will be notified when you are notified about your admission to Hopkins.
While the majority of Wilson Research Fellows are accepted to the program as incoming freshmen, current first-year students are welcome to apply for sophomore fellowship standing in the spring of their freshmen year. Students not accepted into the program as freshmen may re-apply during their first year at Hopkins. We appreciate your interest in the Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, we welcome your questions, and we hope to see you among our selected scholars.
For Rising Sophomores
All Hopkins Arts and Sciences freshmen are invited to apply to the Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Program. The purpose of the program is to encourage research, broadly defined, by Hopkins undergraduates.
The program offers each Wilson Fellow three unique elements:
- Starting in his or her sophomore year, mentoring by one of the school’s distinguished faculty members
- Financial support of up to $7,500, distributed over three years, for research-related travel, work or study, and equipment
- Senior poster session at which the results of the Fellows’ work are presented to the greater Hopkins community.
Approximately 10 current freshmen will be chosen for this program. They will join the current Fellows, as well as a group of incoming freshmen (who undergo a separate application process). Completion of the Woodrow Wilson Program will also be recognized at graduation.
The competition for the 2016-2017 cycle has ended. The deadline for the next competition will be May 5th 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 (Sample Fellowship 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
Applicants will be notified of the results via email by the end of June.
Address questions to Ami Cox: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sample Successful Student Proposals