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We are very pleased to announce that during the spring 2016 semester Hunter College will once again fund Undergraduate Research Fellowships. Based on the last four years of this successful program, the initiative will continue to provide opportunities for undergraduate students to collaborate with Hunter’s outstanding faculty—across the disciplines—in generating scholarly research and creative works. For additional information, please see the Spring 2016 Undergraduate Research Fellowships – Request for Proposals.


Why Undergraduate Research Fellowships?

As faculty, you know all too well that classroom teaching is only part of what your students need to succeed. Mentoring outside the classroom – especially mentoring provided as part of a collaboration to examine, create and share new knowledge or creative works – can be critical in helping our undergraduate students develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in college and beyond. You also know that research experiences and one-on-one support and mentoring from outstanding faculty can have a transformative effect on students’ professional and personal lives.  It can awaken a passion for research that students did not know they possessed, and it can help students who did not think they could “do” research to recognize that they can not only do it—they can do it well enough to consider pursuing it as a career.  In addition, there is strong evidence that undergraduate students who participate in scholarly research and creative activity outside of formal classroom settings are more engaged in their college studies, more likely to graduate, and more successful in applying for, and gaining entrance into, graduate school.


Fellowship Information

For the spring 2016 semester, we are offering fellowships that require a time commitment from the faculty mentor and student of 6 to 10 hours per week, for 10 to 12 weeks. At the time of application, faculty will be asked to specify the number of hours per week (between 6 and 10 hours) and the number of weeks during the semester (between 10 and 12 weeks) during which the student will participate in the fellowship. 

All fellowships should culminate in a final product (e.g., original art, poster, contribution to a manuscript) to be determined by the faculty mentor and student fellow. During the fellowship period, faculty mentors and students should also consider spending some of their time together discussing the student’s graduate school or career preparation issues.

Student Commitment and Compensation

  • Students will be required to commit to 6-10 hours of research per week for 10-12 weeks.
  • Students will be paid $10 per hour. Students will be appointed as College Assistants and paid bi-monthly. 
  • Students will be required to attend a mandatory orientation session during the first week of December to review hiring procedures, meet the spring 2015 fellowship group, and learn about what to expect from the fellowship. 


Faculty Stipend

  • One-time $750 stipend for first student; $500 for each additional student funded to work on the same project.
  • Faculty will  be paid as non-teaching adjuncts in June 2016.

Please see the “2015 Fellowship Timeline” below for details regarding the stipend enrollment and payment process.


Eligibility Information

Faculty Eligibility

All full-time faculty, including lecturers, are eligible to apply for an Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Returning applicants: Faculty members whose students received fellowships in previous years are eligible to apply. Faculty members who are re-applying may apply to work with the same student or a new student. Being previously awarded a fellowship does not guarantee a continued fellowship and if funding is limited, priority will be given to faculty and students who have not previously been funded through this initiative. Applications from returning faculty will require justification for the need for additional funding, and, if applicable, the need to work with the same student again.  


Student Eligibility

Students must be full-time students (i.e., enrolled for 12 or more credits) at Hunter during the spring 2015 semester.

Faculty should choose students for an Undergraduate Research Fellowship based on the requirements of their scholarly project or creative work. You may want to consider the following criteria, which have been used by a number of other successful undergraduate research programs:

  • GPA of 2.8 or above
  • Declared major in the faculty mentor’s discipline or a closely related area

Additional information

  • Only one fellowship per student will be awarded.
  • International students are eligible to participate if they already possess an on-campus work certification and a social security number.


2016 Fellowship Timeline

Mid September 2015
Request for Proposals Announced
October 17th, 2015
Application deadline
November 11th, 2015
Faculty are notified of decision
November 17th, 2015
Faculty acceptance letters are due
November 18th, 2015
Students are notified and sent hiring paperwork
First week of December 2015
(dates TBD)
Mandatory Student Orientation
(students choose 1 day to attend)
December 8th, 2015
Deadline for students to turn in their hiring paperwork
December 9th, 2015 –  January 16th, 2016 Human Resources processes hiring paperwork*
February 3rd – April 28th, 2016
12 weeks of fellowship; students sign bi-weekly timesheets
June 29th 2016
Faculty receive their stipend

* This is an estimation of processing time and may vary due to the workload in the Office of Human Resources. The sooner hiring paperwork is completely submitted, the more quickly Human Resources can process the information. Students will receive their first paycheck within approximately two pay periods (4 weeks) after the fellowship start date.


Process by which Students Receive their Stipends

Students who receive Undergraduate Research Fellowships are hired by the Office of the Provost as College Assistants. They will be required to complete official Hunter College new hire paperwork. What follows is a description of the materials students will be required to bring to Human Resources to be photocopied and the paperwork they will need to submit to Human Resources. If awarded a fellowship, we ask that faculty explain to their students that completing and submitting this paperwork is a requirement of the fellowship and delays in completion of the hiring process will result in a delay in payments.


Student Hiring Requirements

  • Human Resources Hiring packet**
  • Notice of Conviction form**
  • I-9 verification documentation for Employment Eligibility Verification (e.g., social security card; passport; information on acceptable documents in the Hiring packet)
  • Bursar’s receipt proving you are registered full-time for spring 2016 (obtained from the Hunter College Bursar’s Office)

**Detailed instructions and required hiring forms will be emailed to students and are available on the UGRI website at  Any questions regarding hiring paperwork can be addressed in the mandatory orientation session for students  to ensure timely submission to Human Resources.


Submitting a Fellowship Proposal

Please stay tuned for the Spring 2017 Request for Proposals! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call Dr. Vanya Quinones, Assistant Provost for Student Services and Retention at 212-650-3181.