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SAF Research Fellows Program

The SAF Research Fellows program is designed to increase student engagement opportunities and expand the campus-wide research culture by adding a new entry level to the existing Coastal Research Fellows Program for deserving upper level students. Twenty CCU students will be selected to work for up to two years with a faculty mentor of their choosing on a specific research or scholarly project. Research Fellows will be paid for 8 hrs/wk for either two school years (fall/spring semesters) or a summer plus one school year. In addition, $1,000 per Fellow will be made available each year (or summer) to support project-specific research expenditures, as approved by the faculty mentor and program director. 

The Coastal Research Fellows Program began in the fall of 2014 in the colleges of Business, Education, Humanities and Fine Arts, and Science. In the College of Business, it is known as the CoBE Program. In each college, Fellows are selected each year based on their performance during their first semester as freshmen. With the benefit of Student Achievement Funding (SAF), the SAF Research Fellows program was created to expand this opportunity to deserving upper level students. Rising juniors or seniors from all disciplines are eligible to apply (rising sophomores are also eligible from the College of Education and Degree in Three).     

Who can apply? 

  • Current CCU sophomores and juniors from any major
  • Seniors who will not graduate until at least May of the following year
  • Majors in the College of Education can apply as freshman (senior Education majors cannot be Research Fellows due to their teaching internship time commitments)
  • Degree in Three students can apply as freshman

 How do I apply? 

On your application form, you must identify your CCU faculty research mentor and the project you plan to work on. This will require initial discussions with your chosen faculty mentor prior to submitting your application. “Research” in this case is broadly interpreted as scholarship in your discipline, and depending on the discipline, may go by names such as research, scholarship, creative works, etc. In conjunction with your faculty mentor, you must select one of two models for your time commitment:  (1) two consecutive academic years (fall and spring semesters each year), or (2) a summer and the following academic year.

 Links to the application materials:

Application, SAF Research Fellows Program

Faculty Mentor Recommendation, SAF Research Fellows Program

 Submission Deadline and Procedure:

  • Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2019 by midnight
  • Required: both the Application and the Faculty Mentor Recommendation
  • Procedure:
    1. Download the application above. It is a MS Word template. Fill it out, save it as a pdf under the file name “(your last name) SAF RFP application,” and email it to The subject of your email should be “SAF RFP application.” Note that the application requires a simple, one-page summary of the project objectives, background, methods, and significance. Additional instructions are on the application.
    2. Your faculty mentor should download the recommendation form above, fill it out, save it as a pdf under the file name “(applicant’s last name) recommendation,” and email it to

 Selection Criteria:

Selections will be made by a faculty panel convened by the director of Undergraduate Research with representation from all colleges. Selection will be based on the quality and viability of the project summary, the faculty mentor’s recommendation, and the student’s academic record. 

 Responsibilities if selected:

  • SAF Research Fellows will be expected to work 8 hours per week for 14 weeks during each semester (224 hours for the entire academic year) or an equivalent number of total hours over the summer. Fellows will be paid at a rate of $10/hour.
  • As an SAF Research Fellow, you will be part of the Coastal Research Fellows program in your college. The college program directors are: Peter Gasca (Business/CoBE), Edward Jadallah (Education), Aneilya Barnes (Humanities and Fine Arts), and Michael Roberts (Science).   
  • Periodically, you will be asked to provide updates for University Communication, including photos, quotes, or brief activity summaries.
  • At some point during your fellowship, you must enroll in at least three credits of undergraduate research, senior thesis, or a related Experiential Learning course. If not already required for this course, you must complete a final research/thesis paper or project.
  • You must present your research at least once at the annual CCU Undergraduate Research Competition, held each April. You are also encouraged to present at an external conference or venue, if possible.
  • At the end of your final semester as a Research Fellow, you will complete a reflective survey addressing three Experiential Learning Student Learning Outcomes: development of knowledge and skills, ability to connect theory and practice, and impacts on career goals and world view. 

Questions? Please contact Rob Young (, director of undergraduate research and interim dean, College of Graduate Studies and Research.