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. Students in good academic standing and with a GPA of at least 3.0 are eligible to apply for individual SIRF awards of up to $5,000 to be used during the summer. This is a competitive grant process and funding is not guaranteed. The SIRFs are designed to help expand opportunities for students to work closely with faculty members and gain insight into and experience with the academic research undertaken by faculty members.

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. This video highlights a few previous SIRF projects and the presentations Scholars created at the conclusion of their projects.

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. If you have additional questions about the award and application process, please e-mail