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2019 Summer Scholars and Artists Program 


The Binghamton University Undergraduate Research Center, with support from the Division of Academic Affairs, offers the Summer Scholars and Artists Fellowship to allow undergraduates to engage in special research, scholarship or creative activities during the summer. The fellowship supports the student's original research or creative project through a stipend, enabling recipients to engage in primary research or creative activities with guidance from faculty mentors. Proposals from students in all academic disciplines, departments and colleges are welcome.


  • Supports undergraduate students in at least eight weeks of full-time scholarly activity.
  • Consists of a $3,500 student award and a $1,000 faculty award. 
  • Provides free on-campus housing for 8 weeks.


The application deadline for summer 2019 is Sunday, FEBRUARY 10, 2019.  

Eligibility Requirements


  • Open to undergraduate students graduating in spring 2020 or later.
  • The award cannot be used to support research assistance for a faculty member's research project.
  • Students can only receive the Summer Scholars and Artists Program fellowship once.
  • Students may not receive other funding during the period covered by this award.
  • Students applying for support for summer apprenticeships (i.e. summer theater) must indicate which apprenticeship locations they are applying for.  The SSAP award will be contingent on being accepted to the apprenticeship.


  • Must be employed by Binghamton University throughout the duration of the award period.
  • Faculty mentors may receive funding to mentor only one student annually.
  • Department Chairs cannot be compensated for mentoring students participating in the program due to ineligibility for extra service.  Chairs may choose to allocate funding to a colleague or an advanced graduate student who is assisting the student recipient.


  • This award is made to allow recipients to devote their full attention to the proposed research, creative project, apprenticeship or individual study during the award period. Part-time employment is discouraged, but may be permitted under special circumstances and only with prior approval by the director of the Undergraduate Research Center. 
  • Recipients will be invited to attend meetings during and immediately following the program.
  • Recipients must submit a mid-summer report and a brief final report on the results of their summer 2019 experience immediately following the completion of the award period.
  • Recipients will formally present the results of their research in spring 2020 at Research Days.
  • Recipients may be asked to provide guidance to potential future applicants in the academic year following their fellowship. 

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated based on:

  • The intellectual quality and feasibility of the project or the educational potential of the opportunity.
  • The student's preparation for the project/opportunity through prior experience or training.
  • The merit of the research/creative experience.
  • The faculty member's plan for support and mentoring. 


You will need the following information to submit your application:

Your Contact information
Your Faculty Mentor Contact Information
Contact Information for a second reference (academic, work or personal)
Project information

  • Title
  • Description
  • Methods or approaches you will use
  • Relevant preliminary work or experiences
  • How this project fits with your goals

Once the application deadline has passed, your faculty mentor will receive an email from our office asking for additional information and a letter of support.


Additional information and application instructions are available HERE.


Last Updated: 2/8/19