Sophomore Research Fellowship

The Sophomore Research Fellowships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW-Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff.

Eligibility Criteria
A second year undergraduate
A first year undergraduate who will have more than 24 credits after May of the current academic year
A transfer student in their first year of attendance at UW-Madison
Cumulative GPA of 2.3 or above
Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing to apply

Other Restrictions
Faculty/staff members may submit no more than two student projects/year across all divisions (biological sciences, humanities, physical sciences, social sciences and interdisciplinary).
Students may not apply for the Hilldale/Holstrom and the Sophomore Research Fellowship in the same year.
Previous student recipients of a Sophomore award may not apply again.
Students who accept a Sophomore Research Fellowship (SRF) may not accept funding from other sources for the same research project during the same time period. (For example, if you plan to apply for summer funding from another source you may want to apply for the SRF for the fall and/or spring term.)

How to Apply
Applications include a 3 -5 page proposal and a letter of recommendation.

Selection Criteria
Evidence of the student’s intellectual contribution to the research; degree of meaningful collaboration with a faculty research mentor; extent to which the research objective is achievable within the proposed timeline.

Award Information
The student researcher receives a stipend, and faculty/staff research advisor receives a stipend for costs associated with the research (e.g., supplies, student travel related to the project). Approximately 25 Sophomore Research Fellowships will be awarded this year.

Conditions of Award
Award recipients must register for three credits of supervised research or directed study during the summer or academic year following the receipt of the award in May. (This is to provide structure for the research training and collaboration; the course is not a required part of the student’s degree program.) The recipients must also have proposals approved by the Human Subjects and/or Animal Care and Use Committee(s) if they propose to use human or animal subjects. The recipients must also present findings at the Undergraduate Symposium and submit a research report of approximately 500 to 1000 words upon completion of research.

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For questions please contact the Undergraduate Academic Awards Office:, (608) 265-2428.

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Supplemental Questions
  1. Please indicate which of the following describes your academic level and establishes your eligibility for a Sophomore Research Fellowship:
  2. Have you applied for a Hilldale Research Fellowship/Holstrom Environmental Research Fellowship this year? (You may not apply for both the Sophomore Research Fellowship and the Hilldale Research Fellowship/Holstrom Environmental Scholarship in the same year.)
  3. Academic field of proposed research:
  4. Title of proposed research project:
  5. Project Advisor
    • a. Project advisor's name:
    • b. Project advisor's UW-Madison email address:
    • c. Project advisor's title (Professor, Research Scientist, etc...):
    • d. Project advisor's department (Sociology, Botany, etc...)
    • e. REQUEST REFERENCE: To request the letter of reference from your project advisor click on "Add a New Reference" below, enter their name and UW-Madison email address and save. The WiSH system will send an email to your project advisor with a link to upload their letter. You are responsible for ensuring your project advisor completes this reference request.
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