All KSAS first-year students (rising sophomores) are invited to apply to the Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program. Approximately 10 fellows will be chosen each year. Woodrow Wilson Fellowships cover three years of research and must be spent before graduation. 

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(s) so that they are well trained to pursue the project. 

All fellows must remain KSAS majors throughout their participation in the program because the 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. 

Application Process

There are four steps to the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship application:

  1. Fall semester: prepare to apply. Attend a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship info session, review our tips for getting started, brainstorm research topics, talk to potential faculty mentors, and/or attend a Wilson Fellowship application workshop.
  2. December 11, 2023: Submit a pre-application (details below).
  3. Intersession: Apply feedback. Revise your application materials, attend additional application workshops, identify your faculty mentor, and secure a letter of recommendation.
  4. January 22, 2024: Submit your final application (details below).

Notification of fellowships will be made on February 19, 2024. New fellows will be invited to attend a fellowship orientation in the spring semester.


The pre-application, due at the end of the fall semester, must include:

  1. A personal statement (100 words) addressing your interest in conducting this research.
  2. A draft abstract (150-200 words) summarizing your project, including:
    • 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.)
  3. A budget outline estimating the basic breakdown of costs
  4. The names of one to three potential faculty mentors for your project (you do not need to have asked them to mentor you yet)

You must also review the Homewood IRB guidelines prior to submitting your pre-application. 

The deadline for pre-applications for the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship is December 11, 2023.

Final Application

Following submission of your pre-application, you will receive feedback from URSCA staff. You will then submit your final application, which will be reviewed by a panel of URSCA staff and Krieger faculty. The final application must include:

  1. A revised abstract (150-200 words)
  2. A full project proposal (4-6 pages, double-spaced, uploaded as a PDF), to include:
    • Title
    • Background (introduction to topic)
    • Problem/question (issues you want to address; your research question)
    • Literature review (brief overview of trends in the scholarly conversation, identification of gaps in the research)
    • Goals (anticipated outcomes of the project, project’s future value)
    • Methods (materials, approaches, frameworks, engagement with current scholarship)
    • References (maximum 5 works cited)
    • Detailed budget using the URSCA budget template
    • Note: any figures included should be within the 6-page limit and may be embedded within the text or appended to the end and labeled accordingly.
  3. The name of your faculty research mentor, if known.
    • Your mentor should be a Johns Hopkins professor who will be available throughout the term of your award and who will be able to guide and direct your research project. Mentors do not have to be housed in Krieger; they may come from the Whiting School of Engineering, the hospital/medical school, Peabody, or any other Hopkins entity. 
  4. Your Curriculum Vitae (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
    • Your academic strengths
    • Your ability to conduct independent research

The deadline for final applications for the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship is January 22, 2024.