Undergraduate Research Fellowship Competition
Application Packet and Important Information

A). The research proposal must include the following parts:

  1. COVER PAGE (download the Cover Page)
  2. TITLE and your NAME at the top of the second page
  3. INTRODUCTION: Background or context of project, including review of relevant published literature (e.g.., scholarly articles, scientific papers).
  4. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE or RESEARCH QUESTION(S): Focus of inquiry or what the project will accomplish, which may include thesis, hypothesis or statement of purpose.
  5. JUSTIFICATION or RATIONALE: Why this project is important to your own field and outside your field.
  6. METHODS or CRITICAL FRAMEWORK: What specifically will be done to accomplish the objective or answer the research question(s). If the proposed project is in science, social science, or mathematics, this should include a description of laboratory, field, or theoretical procedures; data collection methods; and plans for data interpretation or analysis. If the project is in fine arts or humanities, this should include methods of gathering information or developing the final product and plans for interpretation of information. Students should include a statement about IRB or IACUC if applicable.
  7. DESCRIPTION OF THE PRODUCT: For example, an artistic performance or work, a philosophical essay, a scientific report, an honors project paper.
  8. BIBLIOGRAPHY: References cited in appropriate disciplinary format.
  9. REQUEST TIMELINE AND CREDIT: Indicate if you are requesting Fall or Spring or both semesters for the award. Also be sure to indicate what class(es) you will be enrolled in each semester of the request to earn credit related to this project (e.g., 491, 499). You must be enrolled in a companion credit-bearing class at UNCW.
  10. EXPECTED GRADUATION SEMESTER- Indicate the semester you plan to graduate from UNCW.

This proposal must by typed and double spaced, and should not exceed 1500 words or 5 pages, exclusive of bibliography.

B) You must submit the proposal to the chairperson of the department where you propose to work before submitting your application to CSURF. Please inform the department chairperson and your advisor of your intent to apply for a fellowship and review the deadlines with them well in advance. The chairperson must sign the title page indicating the availability of departmental resources for the project. Then you must email an electronic copy of your completed application to csurf@uncw.edu. Please call the file YourNameFellowship.pdf. You will be sent information on how to sign up for an interview.

C) If the proposed research involves human or animal subjects, a completed protocol form must be completed and receive approval from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee or the Institutional Review Board prior to the release of funding. Students are expected to work with their faculty advisor to determine if the research needs one of these reviews. Please plan your schedule to allow for this review. Click here for further instructions and forms.

D) The CSURF review committee will interview each candidate as a part of the selection procedure. All candidates must register for an interview at the time they submit their application materials.

Interviews will last no more than 15 minutes. During this time, each student will appear before the CSURF review committee to deliver a 5-minute presentation and respond to questions about his or her project (10 minutes).

Faculty advisors may be present during the interview, but strictly as silent observers.

E) Recipients of Research Fellowships will be required to submit a formal written project report (which can be a copy of the D.I.S. or Honors Project report) at the termination of the project. The report must be submitted electronically to the CSURF Assistant Director Dr. Nathan Grove (csurf@uncw.edu) on or before the last class day of the spring semester of your application year. Recipients are also requested to acknowledge the UNCW Undergraduate Research Fellowship in any publications resulting from the work.

F) Acceptance of an Undergraduate Research Fellowship implies permission to post successful proposals and follow-up reports on the Undergraduate Research Fellowship website as models for future applicants.

G) To receive academic credit for your Research Fellowship project, you must be enrolled in a class- typically this is 491 (DIS) or 499 (Honors) under the supervision of your faculty advisor.


  1. Keep the proposal short. Follow the 1500 words or 5 page limit (excluding bibliography), using a 12-point font, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins.
  2. The CSURF committee that is reviewing your proposal is made up of faculty members from the fine arts, humanities, sciences, and professional schools. Write the proposal in such a way that an educated professional can understand it. Avoid technical jargon.
  3. The proposal should be written by you, the student, not by the faculty advisor. Make sure you include ALL required information.
  4. The CSURF committee may ask questions related to your written proposal as well as to your oral presentation. Review your proposal carefully before your interview so that you can answer questions specifically and knowledgeably.
  5. We encourage your faculty advisor to attend your interview. Although advisors are not allowed to speak, they will be able to give you valuable feedback on your answers.

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Nathan Grove (groven@uncw.edu) from the Center for the Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.