Fellowship Advising Office SUPER-Curricular Seed Grants
Strong candidates for highly competitive national fellowships are intellectually engaged; they value a broad-based education and they have explored their individual interests through wider reading and research outside structured classroom and extracurricular activities. The Fellowship Advising Office SUPER-Curricular Seed Grants* are intended to encourage and enable promising undergraduate students to build on their undergraduate studies by participating in EXTRAORDINARY summer experiences that will enhance their competitiveness for prestigious national and international scholarships and fellowships and for admission to highly competitive graduate programs.
The best thing about SUPER-Curricular activities is that there are no exams, no deadlines, and no grades to worry about. You are FREE to follow your own lines of inquiry into areas that interest you the most within your academic curriculum. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to propose a creative, intellectually engaging project that many students can only dream about! Undergraduate students from all backgrounds and majors are encouraged to apply. We particularly invite creative and original proposals.
Award amount: up to $5,000
Number of awards available: varies
• Full-time undergraduate student at the time of application.
• Open to freshmen and sophomore undergraduate students with 3.5 or higher GPA
• Open to junior undergraduate students with a 3.7 or higher GPA if, and only if, their summer project is for an Honors Thesis (University Honors Program or Department Honors Program).
Guidelines for the Proposed Project
A. The Project MUST
• Be self-designed
• Have a direct tie to your major or minor or to your thesis
• Occur during the summer, for eight (8) weeks or longer, and be your primary summer activity
B. The Project MAY
• Enhance or expand your independent research already in progress, if the summer research is undertaken outside of NC State
• Supplement a traditional summer study abroad program with an independent research project outside of structured activities
• Be a highly competitive unpaid internship (e.g., National Endowment for the Humanities, State Department, U.S. Embassy abroad)
• Occur within or outside the United States
C. The Grant WILL NOT FUND
• Any experiences taken for academic credit
• Group projects
• Participation in experiences organized by someone else (e.g., REU, missions, service organization)
• Tuition for a program of study
Contact Dr. Tiffany Kershner and Ms. Alsace Gallop to discuss your proposal and receive feedback.
Click here for an application packet with full details and forms (a summary is below).
Application Procedure (see the link above for the packet):
Please e-mail your application to Dr. Tiffany Kershner by Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by 5PM ET in the following order:
- Application Cover Page (pg. 3 of this packet)
- Resume that includes the name and contact information for one NC State faculty member who will serve as your mentor for the project. For juniors, this mentor should also submit a letter of reference. Please share with him/her your intention to apply.
- Essay that describes in detail your proposed summer project. You should also explain how this project will support your future academic AND professional career goals. Please limit your essay to 1000 words.
- A detailed budget and timeline for proposed project (e.g., airfare, living expenses, etc.). Juniors must include in their timeline a schedule for writing and defending (if required) their Thesis for the next academic year.
- Current unofficial transcript (PDF copy)
- Signed copy agreeing to the program expectations, terms, and conditions (pg. 4 of this packet).
Candidates may be interviewed by the NC State Super-curricular SEED Grant Selection Committee.
*The Fellowship Advising Office Super-Curricular Seed Grants have been made possible by a private gift to the Fellowship Advising Office.