Undergraduate Faculty-Student Collaborative Fellowship

The Undergraduate Faculty-Student Collaborative (UGFSC) Fellowship at Simmons is a competitive small grant program that supports faculty research and provides funding to undergraduate students assisting faculty in their research.

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 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 2020-2021. Year-long projects will be prioritized; in some cases, shorter projects may receive funding.
  • Student fellows will be compensated hourly at a rate of $13.50 per hour for no more than 10 hours per week. Fellows may receive up to $2,000 (up to 148 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 UGFSC fellow work hours.
  • In compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, projects requiring out-of-state travel or in-person interviews will NOT be funded. In addition, projects that require on-campus laboratory work may only be supported by student fellows who have already received on-campus lab authorization from the University. Questions about student authorization should be sent to [email protected].
  • Federal work-study may be applied to the UGFSC grant in the case of eligible students. The application of work-study does not affect the overall amount of the UGFSC grant.
  • At the end of the UGFSC 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 students in good academic standing with no disciplinary issues. 


The application deadline for the 2020-2021 UGFSC Fellowship is Monday, October 19. The application must be submitted by a faculty member. The application must include:

  • Brief abstract (200 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)

Submit an Application

Nakeisha Cody

Director of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships