Scholars Independent Research Fellowships

Scholars Independent Research Fellowships (SIRFs) are designed to support original, student-initiated independent research, creative performance, and project making in close collaboration with a faculty mentor. All University Scholars in good academic standing and with a GPA of at least 3.0 are eligible to apply for individual SIRF awards of up to $4,000 to be used during the summer. This is a competitive grant process and funding is not guaranteed.

More than just a financial award, as part of the SIRF application process, University Scholars receive training in how to craft and carry out research proposals.

Scholars, read here to better understand how SIRFs work and how you can put together a feasible, significant and hopefully, winning SIRF proposal!

Please read the site carefully, as well as our FAQs. If you have additional questions about the award and application process, please e-mail