VPRI Undergraduate Fellowship

The Vice President for Research and Innovation (VPRI) Undergraduate Fellowship awards fellowships to students who conduct research, creative scholarship or complete work on an innovative project full-time during the summer.  These fellowships are open to all UO undergraduate students who meet the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Projects may come from any discipline.
  • Applicant must have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Applicant must obtain a commitment from a faculty member to supervise their research project as their mentor. Faculty mentors must be Tenure Track Faculty or Career Non-tenure Track Faculty with an FTE of .50 or above.  Please verify with your faculty mentor that they meet these criteria.
  • Undergraduate students may not be paid to conduct research through other internal UO research support programs during the same fellowship period. Students may, however, accept an external award for the same academic year as the VPRI Undergraduate Fellowship award.
  • If for any reason a research fellow’s circumstances change (e.g., due to exit from the University, loss of full-time student status, or the receipt of any grant or award that conflicts with the con­ditions of this fellowship) and the grantee is unable to use the award during the summer for which it was granted, the fellowship must be forfeited. VRPI Undergraduate Fellowship awards cannot be deferred.
  • Undergraduate students may only receive one VPRI Undergraduate Fellowship award during their undergraduate education.

 

  • Research with Human Subjects:
    • If applicable, the applicant must obtain approval from the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS), which serves as the UO’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).
    • If your project requires IRB approval you will need to submit  your project for review before completing an application. You do not need full approval at the time you submit your application, however, you must have your project submitted for review.
    •  If you are selected to receive a fellowship, your award will be put on hold until UROP receives notification from you that your project has received IRB approval.
    • If your project already has IRB approval please send your protocol number to urop@uoregon.edu at the time you apply.
    • For more information visit http://rcs.uoregon.edu/content/research-involving-human-subjects.

Fellowship Expectations

  • Commit regular effort to conducting research during the fellowship period.
  • If research is on-campus, fellows are expected to attend bi-weekly “lab” meetings during the fellowship period. If research is being conducted off-campus, fellows are expected to participate in bi-weekly “lab” meetings via Skype (or other online platform) if feasible.
  • Complete a final research paper.
  • Share the results of your research at the UO Undergraduate Symposium.
  • Acknowledge the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) in all work resulting from research during the fellowship period.
  • Notify the VPRI Fellowship staff immediately of other support or of any conflicts with the eligibility and/or restrictions of this fellowship.
  • Notify the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program of any publications or conference presentations that are associated with your research project.

Timeline (2017-2018 academic year)

Application Available January 8
Application Deadline May 9
Fellows Notified May 31 (estimated)
Fellowship Period June 25 – August 31
UO Undergraduate Symposium TBA

Fellowship Details

The fellowship provides $5,000 during the summer. The award will be received in two installments, at the end of week 5 of the fellowship period and at the end of week 10 of the fellowship period.

IMPORTANT: If you are receiving federal financial aid, this award may affect your financial aid eligibility. Students who receive federal aid have a responsibility to report all awards earned to the UO Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships for more information.

How to Apply

Make sure that you meet all of the eligibility criteria outlined above before proceeding.

Step 1

Download the VPRI Fellowship Application Guidelines Document

  • Ensure that you can meet the conditions outlined in the Guidelines Document
  • Determine whether your research project requires UO IRB Approval. If it does, you must submit to the UO IRB at the same time you submit your VPRI Fellowship application
  • Work with your faculty mentor to craft a proposal that you will submit through the online application (Step 3)
  • OPTIONAL: Schedule a meeting with UROP (urop@uoregon.edu) to discuss your project proposal, receive feedback, and ask questions you have about the program.

Step 2

Complete the online VPRI Fellowship Application

  • Read the eligibility criteria listed above carefully before applying.
  • Preview the application.
  • Complete the online application. (closed for 2016-2017 academic year)

Step 3

Letters of Recommendation

  • You are required to have 2 letters of recommendation. One of these letters must come from the faculty member that is supervising your research project.
    • The faculty member that is supervising your research project must be Tenure Track Faculty or Career Non-tenure Track Faculty with an FTE of .50 or above.
    • The second letter writer may be any Tenure Track Faculty, Career Non-tenure Track Faculty, or Postdoctoral Fellow.
  • Under the federal law titled the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and according to the University of Oregon Student Record Policy, registered students are given the right to inspect their records, including letters of recommendation and teacher recommendations. If the student wants to waive their right of access to this recommendation, they may do so by completing a waiver form.

Step 4

Obtain an unofficial copy of your UO transcripts

Questions?

Contact urop@uoregon.edu