GW Undergraduate Research Award

(Formerly the George Gamow and Provost/OVPR Undergraduate Research Fellowships)

Through the generous support of the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of the Provost, the GW Undergraduate Research Award gives promising undergraduates the opportunity to engage in a well-defined research project under the guidance of a faculty member in their chosen fields of study.  Research experiences not only provide challenges and depth to students' education, but they also strengthen their applications for nationally competitive fellowships and for graduate and professional schools.

All research projects must be undertaken with ongoing input and direction from the faculty mentor. It is expected that the student and mentor will discuss their expectations regarding the time commitments of both parties, scope of research, and anticipated results (e.g., papers, presentations, performances, etc.) and arrive at a mutually agreeable understanding.


Student applicants must be full-time undergraduate students at GW. Note: Recipients must be enrolled at GW throughout the tenure of the award. Full- or part-time faculty can serve as faculty mentors. Note: Faculty mentors must be associated with GW during the tenure of the award.


GW undergraduate research fellowships provide an award of $5,000 meant to support the student’s research-related expenditures, which may include living expenses, travel, materials, and equipment.

Faculty mentors receive a stipend of $1,000. Faculty can opt to take this money as supplemental salary or ask that the funds be transferred to a departmental account (e.g., supporting travel, equipment, supplies, etc.).

Award Period

The project may begin during the summer and must be concluded during the spring semester of the following year. Please note: A portion of the funds may be available by June 1, 2018; the remaining funds will be disbursed after July 1, 2018.


A complete application consists of a) a Student Application, b) a Faculty Statement of Support, and (c) unofficial transcripts obtained from Colonial Central. By submitting their applications, students thereby allow selection committees to review their academic record. 

To apply, please complete a GW Undergraduate Research Fellowship application, available through CUFR's InforReady portal

By completing that application,  CCAS students will also automatically be considered for the Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship program. Those students who propose a well-defined research project that addresses a particular issue of relevance to Hispanic/Latino communities will be considered for the Cisneros Undergraduate Research Fellowship.


There are two deadlines for submission: 
Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST.
Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST. 
Any questions?  Contact CUFR!

Note: Students who apply in November and are not selected for funding may revise and resubmit their proposals for the March deadline.

Award requirement

All award recipients are required to submit timely progress reports on their research, to present results of their project at Research Days, and to provide summaries of their research to publicize their undergraduate research activity.

Please note that students may not receive more than one research fellowship award for the same project, nor may they receive awards for different projects during the same award year.


Don't Wait!

Be sure to complete the Human Subject Research Determination Worksheet when you start applying for funding.