Faculty-Student Collaborative Fellowship

The Faculty-Student Collaborative Fellowship at Simmons is a competitive small-grant program that enables faculty to hire an undergraduate or graduate research fellow for the duration of a semester or an academic year.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Support faculty research initiatives
  • Enable students to gain experience in faculty-level research and to develop research and presentation skills
  • To cultivate faculty mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students

Terms of Fellowship

  • Fellowships are held during the academic year, between the beginning of October and the end of May. Up to ten fellows from varied disciplines will be funded for the academic year. Year-long projects will be prioritized; in some cases, shorter projects may receive funding.
  • Student fellows will be compensated hourly at a rate of $15.00 per hour for no more than 10 hours per week. Fellows may receive up to $2,500 (up to 140 hours) until the term ends on June 1. Fellows may not receive more than $2,000 for the duration of the term.
  • The grant does not cover any other costs associated with faculty scholarship outside of the student grant award, and does not provide additional funding for virtual conference attendance. Participation in virtual conferences related to the project should be factored in as fellow work hours.
  • In compliance with state and federal public health guidelines, funding for projects requiring out-of-state travel or in-person interviews may require modification. Questions about domestic travel policies or in-person meetings may be sent to [email protected].
  • Federal work-study may be applied to the grant in the case of eligible students. The application of work-study does not affect the overall amount of the grant.
  • At the end of the fellow term, faculty and student fellows will complete an evaluation survey.


We accept applications from full-time tenure, tenure-track, and contract faculty from all disciplines. Applicants must specify a deliverable, such as a report, publication, or an external grant application. Students must be currently enrolled, full-time undergraduate or graduate students in good academic standing with no disciplinary issues.


Applications must include the following:

  • Brief abstract (250 words max.)
  • Proposed timeline
  • Expected outcomes
  • How will the project be shared with the Simmons community?
  • Student's role in project
  • Anticipated educational benefits to the student
  • Other sources of funding (if applicable)
  • Job posting (if applicable)
  • Department Unit Head letter of endorsement

Applications for the 2023-2024 FSC Felowship will be accepted until October 13, 2023.

For more information, email [email protected].


2022-2023 Fellows

Faculty Fellow: Judah Axe, Behavior Analysis. Project: Developing a Resource on Research-Based Teaching Strategies for Students with Autism
Student Fellows: Ryan Atkinson (PhD Candidate, Behavior Analysis, Mei-Hua Li (PhD Candidate, Behavior Analysis)

Faculty Fellow: Elizabeth Donovan, Psychology. Project: Creative healing through Songs of Love
Student Fellows: Caitlin Curry '24 (Psychology), Charlotte Rice '23 (Neuroscience and Behavior)

Faculty Fellow: Seth Johnson, Chemistry and Physics. Project: Understanding the role of ATG8A in the modeling of Tourettes Syndrome in Drosophila melanogaster
Student Fellow: Theo Hatfield '25 (Biochemistry)

Faculty Fellow: Aspen Olmsted, Division of Mathematics, Computing, and Statistics. Project: Securing Workflow Transactions
Student Fellow: Anisha Srivastava '25 (Computer Science)

Faculty Fellow: Laura Prieto, History. Project: The Mary Eliza Project: Boston Women Voters in 1920
Student Fellow: Kaz Gebhardt '25 (History), Daniela Gil Veras '24 (History)

Faculty Fellow: Saher Selod, Sociology. Project: Policing, Surveillance, and Political Participation of Muslims in the United States
Student Fellow: Jamie Anne Lee Ser Huan '23 (Sociology)

Faculty Fellow: Niloufer Sohrabji, Economics. Project: India&'s changing pharmaceutical sector

Student Fellows: Kusumita Savaram '26 (Economics), Tanya Samyak '25 (Political Science)

Faculty Fellow: Nanette Veilleux, Division of Mathematics, Computing, and Statistics. Project: Automatic Speech Recognition for Lower Resourced Languages
Student Fellow: Chelsea Hua '24 (Computer Science)

Nakeisha Cody

Director of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships