How to Apply

The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences currently offers more than 10 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.

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.

Application Materials

The application requirements are identical for all of these awards. A completed application (form including budget) are required. Further updates are within the applications:

  1. A brief 150-200-word abstract summarizing your project.
  2. A 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
  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 typically in late February.