How to Apply

There is a unified form for currently enrolled freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to apply to the Albstein, ASPIRE (formerly DURA), Bander, Morella, and Woodrow Wilson awards. You can only apply to one of these awards each year, but if the reviewers think you would be a better fit for one of the other awards, you may be considered for that award instead.

2020 KSAS Research Awards

The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences currently offers the following undergraduate research awards. Note that while they all require the same application materials, the different awards offer different award amounts and some (Bander, Morella, and Albstein) have more specific criteria for the types of projects that can be funded.

  • The Dean’s ASPIRE Grants (Arts and Sciences Projects, Investigations, and Research Endeavors; up to $4500) are designed to promote independent research projects among KSAS undergraduates.
  • The Woodrow Wilson Fellowship ($7500) is open to current KSAS freshmen interested in engaging in a multi-year research project that spans your Hopkins undergraduate career.
  • The Albstein Research Scholarship (up to $5000) is open to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing intensive research in brain science, especially Alzheimer’s research.
  • The Bander Family Fund Award (up to $4000) is intended to encourage students to think creatively in defining a summer project that can only be done outside of the classroom. The work may be independent research, a creative venture, or an internship directly related to a field of study.
  • The Constance A. Morella International Scholarship ($5000) is for independent international research projects focused on Spain.

Application Materials

The application requirements are identical for all of these awards. The following items are required:

  1. A brief 150-200-word abstract summarizing your project.
  2. A two- to three-page, 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.)
    • How often you and your mentor will meet about the project
  3. An itemized budget: Download the URSCA budget template to get started.
  4. Your Curriculum Vitae (CV): See our sample undergraduate CV.
  5. Your unofficial transcripts, available through SIS. (Click on “My Grades” and then “View Official Transcript.”)
  6. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member, which should address how long and in what capacity the recommender has known you, along with your academic strengths, qualifications, and ability to conduct independent research.

You must also review the Homewood IRB guidelines prior to submitting your proposal.

The deadline for applications (including completed letters of recommendation) is Friday, February 14th.

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