Undergraduate Research, Scholarly & Creative Projects

In order to better support student research, scholarly, and creative projects at Wartburg, three programs have been established: the Fellowship Program, Small Research Grants, and Student Travel Grants. The purpose of the Fellowship Program is to provide students with a mentored research, scholarly or creative experience beyond that found in research or capstone courses.

Student Fellowships are stipends for advanced study. Research Grants are for supplies, equipment, and travel for research and cannot be used for stipends. Student Travel Grants provide funding for students to present their research at conferences.  Faculty Travel Grants provides funding for faculty advisors to attend conferences with the students.

What is the difference between the programs?

The Fellowship is a student stipend.
Research in credit courses is eligible with limit of $350 per student/$1050 per project
Research in credit courses is eligible
Research in credit courses is not eligible
Research not in credit courses is eligible with limit of $2000 per project
May not include student stipends
Limit $2,500 per student summer,
$1,000 during the academic year
May not include student stipends
Includes travel, lodging, registration, meals
Eligible for faculty stipend
May include supplies, equipment, and travel for research
Limit $700 per student

Requires email letter of support from sponsor/advisor to The Director of Undergraduate Research.

Not eligible for faculty stipend

Requires email letter of support from sponsor/advisor to The Director of Undergraduate Research.

Faculty travel grant a separate application.

Requires email letter of support from sponsor/advisor to The Director of Undergraduate Research.

Deadline: End of Winter Term (see campus announcement)
Announced:
end of April

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Deadline: until funds depleted
Announced:
within 1 week of application

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Deadline: until funds depleted
Announced:
within 2 week of application

Apply online here!

 

Who is eligible?

  • Fulltime students currently enrolled at Wartburg
  • Career GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be returning to campus in the Fall to be eligible for a Summer Fellowship
  • Must be 2Y, 3Y, or 4Y students in the year in which projects are conducted
  • Must be sponsored by fulltime or emeriti faculty
What types of projects are eligible?
Projects may be research, scholarly or creative in nature and must contribute to the student's understanding of the field. In some disciplines this means the student may not be generating new knowledge in the field but may grow in his/her knowledge and understanding of an important concept in the discipline. Students may assist faculty in ongoing research or engage in student-initiated research with faculty guidance. Fellowship projects should be of such a quality as to be considered for publication or presentation either in the discipline or in undergraduate research journals and/or conferences. Projects must be under the guidance of a Wartburg faculty mentor. Off campus internships, etc., are not eligible.

Am I eligible for a Fellowship award if my project is part of a course I am taking?
No, students may not receive academic credit for projects funded by the Fellowship funds. Continuing projects begun in a credit course are eligible. Students in credit courses may apply for Student Travel Grant funding.

What if I received a Fellowship or Grant previously?
Previous recipients of awards are eligible to apply.

What expenses are eligible?
In order to keep the program flexible, funding is available for a variety of expenses related to the research. Project funding may be for:

  • Student stipends (Fellowships only)
  • Equipment
  • Supplies
  • Travel to present poster/paper research

Are faculty mentors eligible for funding?
Faculty mentors receive a stipend of up to $400 per Fellowship. Grant projects are not eligible for faculty stipends. Faculty stipends do not count toward the total for the project. Faculty mentors can also apply for travel funds (up to $700) to accompany the student(s) presenting at a meeting or conference on the Faculty Travel Funds Application page.

When do projects need to be conducted?
Projects may be either during the academic year or summer.

What are the funding caps?

  • Fellowships
    Up to $2500 per student. Summer stipends are higher to help offset the cost of living during the summer.
  • Research Grants
    Variable. See the guidelines. Groups may apply.
  • Student Travel Grants
    Student Travel Grants are limited to $700 per student; $1400 per project. Student Travel grants are on a first-come, first-served basis. When the funds are depleted the program is closed for the year.

What are the reporting requirements?
A final report for Summer Fellowships must be filed before the last stipend is paid. Academic Year stipends require both a mid-term update December 1 and a final report before the last stipend is paid.

Vocation Mini-Grants
Students may receive additional financial support to attend academic and professional conferences by applying for a mini-grant through the Pathways Center.  The Discovering and Claiming Our Callings Initiative is intended to enhance the vocational discernment and preparation of Wartburg students.  Learn more about these specific grants and the application process here.