University of California, Riverside

Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity

Chancellor's Research Fellowship General Information

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What is the UCR Chancellor's Research Fellowship?

Inaugurated in 2012, the UCR Chancellor’s Research Fellowship is designed to encourage the development of faculty mentored research, scholarly and creative activity among ’UCR's undergraduate student population. Students are expected to complete their application under the guidance of their faculty mentor.

 What is a Research Project or Creative Activity Project?

  • A research project usually has a research question or hypothesis and includes data analysis, methodology, and results.
  • Creative activity projects can can encompass anything that will create a product or deliverable. These can include engineering design projects, marketing campaigns, composing music, writing fiction or poetry, or choreographing a dance performance. Proposals must situate the project in the history and genre of the activity and indicate why the work is important.

Awards and Benefits

The Chancellor’s Research Fellowship provides a maximum award of $5,000 to be used for materials and supplies and travel expenses related to conducting a research or creative activity project. Selected applicants will be recognized as a Chancellor’s Research Fellow, and will be part of an elite group of UCR undergraduate students that  meet monthly throughout the academic year. This fellowship provides an enhanced learning context for the selected undergraduate researchers, including the opportunity to interact with the UCR Chancellor, other key UCR officials, and with  distinguished visiting guest speakers. Fellows are expected to attend and participate in special campus events.

What does the Research Fellowship Require?

Chancellor Research Fellows are expected to:

    • Complete a research project or creative activity by spring 2015.
    • Present at UCR's annual Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, tentatively scheduled for the first week of May 2015.
    • Provide a quarterly interim report that describes the project progress and reflection on learning experiences.
    • Participate in monthly meetings and special events.


The Chancellor’s Research Fellowship provides a maximum award of $5,000 to be used for materials, supplies, and travel expenses related to conducting a research, scholarly, or creative activity project. A portion of these funds can be used as a stipend and awarded directly to the student through the campus financial aid process. No more than $4,500 can be allocated towards a stipend. All federal, state and university eligibility and distribution regulations will apply.

Application Eligibility

The application criteria for the Chancellor’s Research Fellowship are as follows:

    • Full-time UCR undergraduate students who will have a Junior or Senior standing during Academic Year 2015/2016.
    • Applicants must attend a two-hour application workshop,  dates and times to be announced Fall 2014. 
      • Minimum GPA of 3.0.
      • Applications are expected to be prepared by the student with guidance from their faculty mentor.
      • All research or creative activity projects are expected to be completed by 30 June 2016.
      • Fellows must present their research or creative activity at UCR's Annual Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity  tentatively scheduled for the first week of May 2015.
      • Students must propose an independent research or creative activity project. If the proposed work is related to the research of a student’s professor, he/she must be sure to describe how he/she will be primarily responsible for the undertaking and reporting of the research.

Review Process and Criteria

Proposal applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary Faculty Review Committee. In addition to standard review criteria such as clarity, quality and feasibility of the proposal, applications will be reviewed and evaluated on the extent to which the proposals articulate either a strong research design or an innovative creative activity project. Other influential factors include a feasible timeline, sound budget justification and a strong mentor’s letter of recommendation. Applications will be scored on a 100 point scale for more information, see Proposal Scoring Criteria.

Award Notification

Selected 2015-2016 Chancellor Research Fellows will be notified via e-mail in May 2015, and will be formally presented to the campus community in June 2015. 

Application, Submission, and Deadline

 There are two stages to the application process:

      1. Electronic submission of fellowship application.
      2. Submission of faculty mentor’s letter of recommendation.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Date will be Announced Winter Quarter

MENTOR LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION: Date will be Announced Winter Quarter


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