CURO awards Summer Research Fellowships to support University of Georgia undergraduates interested in pursuing intensive, immersive, faculty-mentored research during the summer. In addition to financial support, Summer Fellows enjoy collaborative workshops, lectures, and other events with their cohort.

The deadline to apply for the 2024 CURO Summer Research Fellowship is March 15, 2024.

Financial award

Summer Fellows receive a total of $3,000 as a scholarship.

Eligible students

Any UGA undergraduate can submit a proposal, if they will remain at UGA through the spring term following the summer in which they receive the fellowship (if selected). This means you expect to graduate in the spring of the following year or later. For example, if you submit a proposal for summer 2024, you should be enrolled as an undergraduate student at UGA through at least the spring 2025 term—and not expect to graduate from UGA until spring 2025 or later.


Any student who accepts a CURO Summer Research Fellowship agrees* to:

  • Invest a minimum of 320 hours in their research between May 1 and July 31
  • Present their research at the Final Forum in late July (date changes each year)
  • Present their research at the next spring’s CURO Symposium
  • Participate in person in the CURO Summer Fellowship workshops

* If you do not comply with the Summer Research Fellow requirements, CURO reserves the right to rescind your award.


All proposals, as well as supporting materials, must be submitted by March 15, 2024. If an application is not complete by the deadline date, it will not be considered for funding. An application is incomplete if it is missing any critical information, which includes your name and contact information, a research proposal, a personal statement, or a faculty letter of support.


Before you begin the application, be prepared with:

  1. A research proposal that must be written by you, the student. Your faculty mentor or fellow undergraduate researchers should not write any part of this. Your proposal / abstract should be no longer than 500 words and written for a general audience.
  2. A personal statement that must be written by you, the student. This statement should be no longer than 500 words and explain your short- and long-term academic and career goals. Indicate how the Summer Research Fellowship would help you reach those goals.

Letter of support

You must obtain a letter of support from your supervising faculty research mentor. They should include your role in the proposed work, a description of the overall mentoring relationship, and any other collaborative mentoring or support resources available to you.


The CURO Summer Research Fellowship is merit-based. We look at:

  • Your GPA and commitment to research
  • Quality, clarity, and organization of the research proposal
  • Relevance and impact of the summer research experience to your goals
  • Financial need
  • Your faculty mentor’s confidence in you and the proposed research project
  • Your faculty mentor’s commitment to mentoring and supporting you throughout the fellowship

If you have questions about or experience problems with the application, contact [email protected].