The Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowships are part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences comprehensive undergraduate initiative to promote discovery- and inquiry-based education throughout the undergraduate experience at GW. The Rice Fellowships offer support for student research carried out in collaboration with, and under the guidance of, at least one faculty mentor.

The research should undertake a significant, focused examination of an idea or an area of inquiry and result in work that could merit presentation or publication in a scholarly venue. The Fellowship may take place over any increment of time -- from weeks to across semesters and may or may not be associated with a credit-bearing course. The idea of the Rice Fellowships is to provide substantial support for the promotion of working research alliances between students and faculty.

Two examples of potentially fundable projects follow:

  • A student might propose a three-week long project around spring break that would involve visiting archives in London; the Rice Fellowship would pay for the travel and support of the student and support faculty guidance in the project;
  • A student wants to carry out an experiment and the running of subjects will take place across the spring and summer; the Rice Fellowship will provide student support and compensate subjects, plus support oversight of the experimentation.

Supported projects may or may not involve credit. The archive project could be an independent study, part of an existing course with this enhancement for this student, or just a well-supported research experience. Similarly, the experiment might be part of a thesis, a course, or on-going, non-credit work that the student has developed from work in a laboratory.

Total funding for each fellowship is typically $4000 - $6,000 ($3,000 - $5,000 for student, $1,000 for faculty mentor). Eligibility and deadline information appears on the application.


Student applicants must currently be Columbian College sophomores or juniors, a minimum GPA of 3.4, a declared major, and no judicial or disciplinary findings against them. Funding must support work undertaken during the junior or senior year (or the summer before the junior year).  Faculty mentors should be full-time faculty.


Luther Rice Fellowships typically offer $3000 - $5,000 to the student for research-related expenditures, including summer living expenses, travel, materials, and equipment. The faculty mentor receives up to $1,000 for salary or professional development.


The Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship Application consists of two parts, a Student Application Form and a Faculty Mentor Form.   By submitting their applications, students consent to allow selection committees to review their academic transcripts.

For projects undertaken during the 2017-18 academic year, please download the following forms.  By completing the following forms, CCAS students will automatically be considered for the GW Undergraduate Research Award.  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.

The following fillable PDF forms may be downloaded:

Student Application Form

Faculty Mentor Form


Please note: Students should download and email the Faculty Mentor Form to their mentors for completion, but either the student or his/her faculty mentor may submit via email the Faculty Mentor Form to CUFR.


There will be two different deadlines for submission this year. Students who apply in November and are not selected for funding may revise and resubmit their proposals in March.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST.

Applications may be submitted via email to or

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