Notice: The application for rising sophomores is now online. Current freshmen interested in pursuing independent research projects are encouraged to apply!
DEADLINE: Friday, April 21, 11:59 PM EST.
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 application form online.
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. Applicants may complete the application form online. Please note that all accepted Fellows will be expected to attend a mandatory orientation meeting on April 28. This meeting will introduce you to the program and its specific expectations, and allow you to begin necessary research preparations over the summer.
The deadline for the 2017-2018 competition will be Friday, April 21, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. EST.
Application materials include:
1. 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)
2. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member, detailing the student’s capacity to perform an intensive independent research project. Since the Woodrow Wilson program requires a faculty mentor, it is to your advantage to have your potential mentor write your recommendation.
For questions, contact:
Dr. Natalie Strobach
Director of Undergraduate Research
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 410-516-6487 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sample Successful Student Proposals