The Cisneros Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The Cisneros Undergraduate Research Fellowship was created to financially support outstanding undergraduate students interested conducting research on an issue facing Latinos/Hispanics or the Latino/Hispanic Community. This fellowship is a competitive program that provides undergraduate students with stipends to effectively carry out an individual research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Students are offered the opportunity to employ the skills learned in their field of study to bring to fruition a well-defined research project that addresses a particular issue of relevance to Hispanics/Latinos. Basic research, research-driven community action, evaluation, and intervention projects will be considered for this fellowship.

Research experiences of this nature expose students to some of the challenges of conducting research and provide insight on the depth of students' education. These experiences also strengthen students’ applications for nationally competitive fellowships to graduate and professional school. Engaging in first-hand research also helps students develop the necessary skills to succeed in a professional career.

All research projects must be undertaken with regular 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. Please note: Recipients must be enrolled at GW throughout the tenure of the award. Only full-time faculty can serve as faculty mentors. Faculty mentors must be associated with GW during the tenure of the award.

Period of Study

The project may begin during the summer and must be concluded during the spring semester of the following year. 

Special Considerations

All award recipients are required to submit timely progress reports on their research, including a final report. Recipients must also present the results of their project at Research Showcase and at one of the events organized by the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute. Awardees are expected to provide a summary of their research finding to publicize their undergraduate research activity through the Institute’s website and social media.

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.


The Cisneros Undergraduate Research Fellowship provides 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.).


A complete application consists of a) a Student Application, including a two-page research proposal and one-page description of the student's previous experience and future goals; b) a Faculty Statement of Support; and (c) GW transcript; an official transcript may be ordered online (GWeb transcripts are not acceptable).  By submitting their applications, students thereby allow selection committees to review their academic record.

To apply, students should complete GW Undergraduate Research Fellowship application, available through CUFR's InfoReady portalPlease consult the application review committee's evaluation rubric for submission guidance.

The student-advisor relationship is an important element in the evaluation of applications, and accordingly, a faculty statement of support for a student’s application is not a standard recommendation letter.  Faculty may either submit a letter of support that addresses the following bullet points, or respond to each of them individually using a faculty mentor form; that form is available to students who open an application in the InfoReady portal.

  • Describe how the faculty member will support the student through regular interactions, possibly together with other members of the faculty or their collaborators, and also describe previous interactions between the faculty member and the student;
  • Give a short description of the project, and the value, timeliness and feasibility of the project;
  • Describe concrete outcomes that result from the project, for instance a publication, a public presentation or a performance;
  • Describe the student’s preparation and current skills, how they tie into the project, and what kind of skills will be developed for and/or during the project.

By completing the following application, eligible students will be automatically considered for The GW Undergraduate Research Award, and eligible CCAS students will also automatically be considered for the Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship program.


There are two deadlines for submission: 

Monday, December 5, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST.

Monday, February 27, 2023 at 11:59 pm EST.

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

For questions on the scope and suitability of the project email

Questions about the application process?  Contact CUFR!


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Program Type

  • Research
  • Undergraduate


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