CUSP Summer Enhancement Fellowships (SEF)


CUSP does not vet the safety or security of the setting in which the students intend to pursue their projects. It is the individual students’ responsibility to take the appropriate precautions about the settings in which they intend to pursue their project. The nature of this fellowship is solely for financial support.

The CUSP Summer Enhancement Fellowship is a competitive grant program that offers partial financial support for two categories of experiential learning over the summer:

  1.  Independent projects (research with a faculty member or a creative project of the Scholar's design) 
  2.  Internships or research assistantships 

More information on the differences between the two grant categories is available in the links in the left hand column of this page and in this SEF comparison chart.

All opportunities are secured solely by the student. Grant amounts will vary in accordance with the needs of the proposal and the funds available.  

Encouraging interdisciplinary career exploration and building upon Scholars' developing academic interests, the fellowship is specifically designed to allow Scholars to pursue these critical experiences as early as their first summer.

By contributing financially to the exploration of academic questions and social issues through well-defined and formally-presented research projects and internships, this fellowship aims to foster intellectual curiosity, the clarification of ideas and beliefs, an enhanced sense of participation in the academic community, and the opportunity to contribute to the community at large.

Scholars must be in good standing with the CUSP Program to apply. Applications will be evaluated by a Selection committee based on the applicants' overall fulfillment of the selection criteria. Incomplete applications and candidates who do not meet the criteria will not be considered.

All Scholars receiving the CUSP Summer Enhancement Fellowship will be required to blog about their experiences over the summer, submit a budget reconciliation and an abstract by the end of their fellowship, and present the results of their research or internship experience at a fall showcase or student panel.

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