Who Can Apply?

  • Undergraduates applying for freshmen admission to the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS)
  • Current first-year KSAS students (rising sophomores)

Strong candidates for this award will 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. Awards are given out across all majors, and projects range from lab investigations to film productions. Interdisciplinary work is highly valued, but projects should also tie into a student’s major so they are well trained to pursue the project.

All fellows must remain KSAS majors because this program was established by a generous donation to the dean of the Krieger School. However, fellows are encouraged to conduct interdisciplinary research within other divisions at Johns Hopkins, and mentors do not need to be KSAS faculty members.

How to Apply

Incoming freshmen and rising sophomores have slightly different application processes.

For Incoming Freshmen

To be considered for the Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, complete and submit the online application form accompanying your Hopkins application.

Admitted students (both Early Decision and Regular Decision applicants) who are awarded a Woodrow Wilson Research Fellowship will be notified in late March. Notifications are only sent to fellowship recipients.

The majority of fellows are accepted to the program as incoming freshmen. However, 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.

For Rising Sophomores

All KSAS freshmen are invited to apply to the Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program. Approximately 10 current freshmen will be chosen as fellows each year.

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All accepted fellows will be expected to attend a mandatory orientation meeting in April. This meeting will introduce you to the program and its specific expectations, and it will allow you to begin necessary research preparations over the summer.

Application materials:

  1. A two- to three-page, single-spaced proposal that addresses the following:
    • The topic to be explored with an explanation of how it contributes to the current discourse in the field
    • Your qualifications for conducting the research
    • Your timeline for completing the project
    • Expected outcome of the project (honors thesis, etc.)
    • An itemized budget (See this sample fellowship budget. Your budget can include living expenses if you are researching full time. Do not dedicate more than 35% of your expenditures to direct lab costs. You should portion $1,500 for conference attendance. Your budget should be as detailed as possible.)
  2. A letter of recommendation detailing your ability to perform an intensive independent research project. This letter does not need to come from your faculty mentor. Students are not required to have a mentor selected at the time of application.

Sample Successful Applications