Undergraduate Summer Fellowship

Undergraduate Summer Fellowship



Award amount: $5,000 stipend
Submittal deadline: March 20, 2015
Announcement: mid-April, 2015
Funding period:10 summer weeks
Fellowships must be completed between May-September, 2015
Funding source: Georgetown Environment Initiative

The Environment Initiative Summer Fellowship award provides summer funding to undergraduate students with an interest in academic work in areas of the environment. The summer fellowship award can be used for a variety of academic pursuits, including:

Research and scholarship in the laboratory or research group of a Georgetown faculty member in any part of the University
Internships and practicum experiences with government or non-governmental organizations that are centrally focused on environment.
Community and public service projects with an explicit environmental dimension

All projects must be conceived and executed in close collaboration with a faculty mentor. Summer fellowship projects can be associated with work on thesis or independent study projects as academic program requirements permit.

Work that is primarily advocacy or fund raising is not eligible for support.

Eligibility: Open to Georgetown undergraduate students in good standing currently enrolled full-time in their freshman, sophomore, or junior years who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students who have an environment focus in any major or program are encouraged to apply.

Application Materials: Students must submit the following items as one single pdf file via email:

  • Application cover sheet (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD)
  • CV or resume, including any relevant awards or recognitions (1 page maximum)
  • Personal statement describing academic and professional goals and interests in an area of the environment (1 page double-spaced).
  • A statement that describes proposed activities during the summer fellowship (3 pages double-spaced, one inch margins, 12 point font. Literature cited not counted in 3 page limit). The statement should outline specific goals or questions and methodology that will be used to address them.
  • An unofficial academic transcript, showing courses completed, courses in progress, and current GPA.
  • Failure to format proposals according to these instructions can result in a proposal being returned without review.

A letter of recommendation from your primary faculty mentor describing the intellectual merit of the proposed research, student enthusiasm and interest in the topic, and evaluation of the student’s research proposal. (2 pages maximum). Letters of recommendation must be signed and dated and sent directly to Rachel Yancey at ray6@georgetown.edu

Time commitment:

The GEI summer fellowship experience is meant to be a closely mentored, full-time, intensive research experience. Students are expected to commit at least 30-40 hours on a weekly basis.
The GEI Summer Fellowship must be the primary focus of the student’s overall summer experience. Students should not hold paid employment for the duration of the summer fellowship. Approval for supplemental employment or summer coursework must be obtained from both the faculty mentor and the GEI administrator.

Selection criteria:

A faculty panel made up of members of the GEI steering committee and other affiliated faculty members will select GEI Summer Fellowship recipients. When writing your proposal, keep in mind that it should be accessible to a broad audience of academic readers. Do not assume that reviewers will have background in your field of study.

The selection criteria include:

  • Student motivation, academic interests, and demonstrated investment in environment topic
  • Quality and clarity of written proposal description
  • Intellectual merit of the proposed summer activity
  • Support provided to host lab or organization
  • Suitability and involvement of faculty mentor 

For questions on completing the application or the review process, please contact Rachel Yancey, Program Coordinator for the Georgetown Environment Initiative.

Email: ray6@georgetown.edu

Phone: 202-687-4429