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GWU Psych Dept Undergrad Summer Research Fellowship (USRF)


*** Next deadline is April 10, 2018 ***


 Through the generous support of an anonymous donor, the GW Psychology Department Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship (USRF) gives promising undergraduate psychology majors the opportunity to engage in a well-defined research project under the mentorship of a Psychology faculty member.  Research experiences not only provide challenges and depth to students' education, but they also strengthen their applications for nationally competitive fellowships and for graduate and professional schools.

All research projects must be undertaken with ongoing input and direction from the faculty mentor. It is expected that the student and mentor will discuss their expectations regarding the time commitments of both parties, scope of research, and anticipated results (e.g., papers, presentations, performances, etc.) and arrive at a mutually agreeable understanding. In many cases, this will involve working with the mentor on an established study in the mentor’s lab.


Student applicants must be full-time undergraduate students at GW who are majoring in psychology. Note: Recipients must be enrolled at GW throughout the tenure of the award. Faculty mentors must be tenured or tenure-track faculty in the GW Department of Psychology.


The USRF provides an award of $4,000 meant to support the student’s research-related expenditures, which may include living expenses, travel, materials, and equipment.

Faculty mentors receive a stipend of $500. These funds can be used to support activities directly related to this research project (e.g., supporting travel, equipment, supplies, etc.).

Award Period

Activities supported by this award can begin as early as May 21, 2018. They must be completed by August 25, 2018.

Application Deadline

Applications must be received by April 10, 2018.

Application Materials

Applications need to include:

  • Completed application form.
  • Statement of support for you and your research activity from the Psychology faculty member overseeing the experience
  • Unofficial GW transcript (please provide a screen shot; no transcripts from GWEB).

Selection Process

The Psychology Department Selection Committee, which includes faculty members from the three department programs, will review applications and make decisions on funding. Recipients must let the Department know if they receive funding for the same activity from another source; the award may need to be reduced.

Final Report

The recipient must submit a report at the end of the funding period explaining how the funds were used, and any activities or outcomes that the funds made possible.

Contact Carol Sigelman ( for a copy of the application form.

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