This program allows faculty mentors to hire one student as a research fellow to work on a specific project for one academic year and/or summer. Approximately 150 students are appointed each year as ICRU Research Fellows. Student are selected by faculty mentors
in any discipline to work in areas such as research, lab work, manuscript editing, data collection, etc.
Academic Year Award:
Students are provided with a $2,000 scholarship ($1,000 per semester)
Students are provided with a $2,500 scholarship
Next Funding Opportunity:
See application information below.
Faculty: Applying to the program
Student requirements for the program:
Must be undergraduates of at least sophomore status when the fellowship begins - i.e. the summer or fall after freshman year
Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
Must be activley pursuing an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa.
Must be enrolled full time during the academic year
Summer Fellows do not need to be registered, for the summer session - must be returning to UI as a degree-seeking student for at least fall semester after the summer they are funded
Because the ICRU Fellowship is project-based, ICRU will not indicate a required number of work hours or starting/finishing dates. Each student and mentor should work together to find a timeline that fits best with the project.
For those that need a guideline, ICRU advocates for roughly 10 hours (academic year) or 20 hours (summer) per week of scholarly activity. These normally are conducted using the university calendar/semester guidelines.
One student may be nominated per session
(The same student may be nominated for both summer and academic year awards with two separate proposals sumitted. However, two students cannot be nominated for the same session under the same mentor).
Proposals that seek to involve students in intellectual scholarly work, experimental and laboratory-based research, and/or creative work in the arts are eligible.
Applications that fully engage the student in the work, from contemplation of the work, through analysis and presentation of results, are of most interest. Work that can lead to an honors thesis, publication, or other form of recognition for the student is encouraged.
Proposals that involve a student in only a limited aspect of a project, such as retrieving references or assaying samples, will not receive priority but may be funded.
Regular opportunities for the student to interact with and be mentored by the sponsoring faculty is crucial in all cases.
This is a partnership. If the student or faculty is no long able or willing to continue the work, the award will be cancelled.