Independent Research Fellowships support independent research activities or projects in the creative or performing arts. Funding might be used for library, museum or archival research; fieldwork; and creating or learning to perform a work of art. 

The Independent Research Fellowship may be applied for during Fall Term, Winter Term, or Spring Term.


Summer Projects: Up to $5,000 per fellowship may be awarded

Winter Break Projects: Up to $2,000 beyond the cost of airfare, per fellowship, may be awarded


  • Sophomore or Junior students may apply at any deadline; seniors may apply only for non-Comps projects and only at the Fall Term deadline.
  • Students in any major are eligible.
  • All applicants must be in good academic standing.

Selection Criteria

Independent Research Fellowships are intended to provide students an opportunity to undertake projects of their own design off-campus. Projects may be carried out independently or as a part of a research group, if the project is able to stand alone as an independent component of the larger group effort. Priority for summer funding is given to Comps projects, but students may use the Independent Research Fellowship for projects (over the summer or during Winter Break) that are not related to Comps.

When deciding among equally strong proposals for the same category/categories or fellowship funds, juniors/rising seniors (especially those proposing Comps work) are prioritized for summer fellowship funding; followed by sophomores/rising juniors; and the lowest priority group for funding will be rising sophomores. Seniors receive the lowest priority for non-Comps project funding for Winter Break; juniors, followed by sophomores, are the priority groups for that (very limited) funding.

View examples of projects funded. 

See the Application and Recommendations Process page for more information!


Please contact Marynel Ryan Van Zee, Director of Student Fellowships, Laird 131, x4300.