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.


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 includes:

  • Two-page research proposal;
  • One-page description of the student's previous experience and future goals;
  • A Faculty Statement of Support; and
  • Unofficial transcripts obtained through the Student Services Hub (GWeb transcripts are not acceptable).  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 CURF's InfoReady portal

By completing that application, CCAS students will automatically be considered for the GW Undergraduate Research Award


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

Monday, December 7, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST.

Monday, March 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST.

Any Questions?  Contact CUFR!


Class Year

  • Sophomore
  • Junior


  • Arts
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple


  • English


  • Summer
  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Research
  • Undergraduate


  • DC

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To discuss this and other opportunities, schedule an appointment with the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships & Research.