Engagement

Community Scholars Fellowship Program

Community Scholars

Graduate Students

This is a one-time opportunity for Summer 2014!

The Graduate Community Scholars program supports graduate students conducting research that benefits, and is carried out in partnership with community organizations, nonprofits, or local government agencies. In some cases, partnerships with small businesses can be considered. The program provides a stipend of $1500 for a student who will carry out at least 150 hours of research over the course of Summer 2014. The program also provides up to $250 for research related expenses, and a $250 stipend for the community partner, and $250 for a faculty advisor.

Expectations of Graduate Community Scholars

Community scholars are expected to work at least 10 hours a week on their project. Each scholar must submit a final report to our office within two weeks of the conclusion of the semester in which they were funded.

Application Deadlines

For Summer 2014: April 15, 2014

 

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Community Scholars Fellowship Program (in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Research):

The Community Scholars Fellowship program supports undergraduate students conducting research that benefits, and is carried out in partnership with community organizations, nonprofits, or local government agencies. In some cases, partnerships with small businesses can be considered. The program provides a stipend of $750 for a student who will carry out at least 150 hours of research over the course of a semester or a summer. The program also provides up to $250 for research related expenses, and a $250 stipend for the community partner, and $250 for a faculty advisor.

Research proposals can be developed by, and applications submitted by a faculty member, an undergraduate student or a community partner.

Application Deadlines

Spring - Dec. 15
Summer - April 15
Fall- August 15

Student applicants: To apply, students must have completed the Office of Undergraduate Research orientation, and must have developed a research proposal and identified a community partner. The application for students can be found by clicking here: https://usfour.wufoo.com/forms/ocecommunity-scholars-fellowship-program/. In addition to a completed application, please attach a resume and a letter of support from your community partner. If a faculty member is supervising your research, please include a letter of support from the faculty member as well.

Faculty applicants: Faculty must have a completed research proposal and an identified community partner. If you have not identified a student, we will advertise this research opportunity in order to help find student researcher. The application can be found by clicking here: https://usfour.wufoo.com/forms/ocecommunity-scholars-fellowship-program/ . In addition to the completed application, please provide a CV and a letter of support from your community partner.

Community partner applicants: Community organizations, nonprofits and government agencies must have a completed research proposal. If you have not identified a student, we will advertise this research opportunity in order to help find a student researcher. The application for community partners can be found by clicking here: https://usfour.wufoo.com/forms/ocecommunity-scholars-fellowship-program/

Expectations of Community Scholars:

Community scholars will work at least 15 hours a week during this period. Work space may be available at the Office of Community Engagement or the Office of Undergraduate Research, both located in the USF Library. Community Scholars will keep journals documenting their experiences, and must complete their project and hand in a research report within two weeks of the end of the semester. Community Scholars must register either for a 0 credit hour research course, or for a credit-bearing independent study with a faculty advisor. Community Scholars must be willing to present their completed research to their community partners and to other students and faculty at USF at the annual Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium; they will also be encouraged to present their research at conferences around the region.

Apply Now

Please submit your on-line application by clicking here: https://usfour.wufoo.com/forms/ocecommunity-scholars-fellowship-program/