Information for Faculty

There are two rounds of recruitment for Summer Research Scholars, with the first deadline in late January and the second in mid February (please see Administrative Deadlines for exact dates). Faculty members seeking additional Lenfest funding for collaborative student research projects should submit their SRS proposals by the January deadline. Proposals are submitted to the Director of Fellowships and Student Research via the online application system and should contain the following information:

  1. Project title
  2. Estimated project start date (must be on or after the first Saturday following undergraduate commencement)
  3. Estimated project duration (maximum of 10 weeks)
  4. Maximum number of student researchers sought (up to 3 can be funded by SRS)
  5. Brief project description (no more than 200 words)
  6. Prerequisites for student researchers, if any (e.g., if a student should have completed specific coursework before the project begins)
  7. Other relevant information (e.g., fieldwork required, virtual research an option, etc.)

Following each application deadline, proposed research projects will be posted on an SRS website, and students will have approximately two weeks to apply to projects via an online application form. Faculty research mentors will make final student selection decisions.

Guidelines for All SRS Projects:

Duration of Projects:

Summer projects may include up to ten weeks of work. Work can be completed on campus, virtually, or some combination of the two. The project may not begin before the first Saturday after commencement, nor can it continue beyond the first day of fall term classes. Funding for additional supplies needed for the project may be requested from the Department Head or in the Lenfest Summer Grant proposal.


The Office of the Provost determines annually the amount to provide Summer Research Scholars. For the summer of 2024, the combined stipend/living expenses will be $455 per week for up to ten weeks (less applicable taxes). The maximum grant per student is $4,550.

International Students:

When projects include international students, the faculty mentor must contact Hunter Swanson in International Education to check whether that student can be paid.