The Provost Fellowship is the largest, most flexible, and most diverse fellowship offered by the Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (LUROP). In recent years, over 60 undergrads have won the fellowship each year. Known as Provost Fellows, these students may conduct a research project under the mentorship of a faculty member in either the summer or academic year (although hard science students must apply for the summer only). Significantly, any Loyola undergrad from any program or professional school can be a Provost Fellow.
At the heart of the Provost Fellowship experience is the working relationship between the Provost Fellow and their faculty mentor. Before applying, students must find a faculty member who will agree to serve as their mentor. Provost Fellows can expect their mentor to teach them the skills needed to conduct the research, meet regularly with them to assess progress, and offer feedback on how to present the research. At the same time, fellows have certain responsibilities to their mentors, completing work on time, communicating their progress regularly, and assisting their mentor where their project overlaps with their mentor’s work. Mentors and fellows are all expected to outline these expectations in a Provost Fellowship Learning Agreement shortly after winning the award.
What makes the Provost Fellowship unique, however, is the opportunity to join a select group of Loyola undergraduate scholars from a wide range of disciplines. At monthly receptions over food or refreshments, Provost Fellows get together to discuss their research informally, share ideas about future opportunities, and generally serve as a resource for each other. For example, fellows can present their work for feedback, meet with faculty to discuss graduate school and career options, or discuss issues of interest such as the ethics of genetic engineering. In other words, Provost Fellows join a true fellowship.
The meaningful rewards of a Provost Fellowship have little to do with money, but the program does provide financial support. Fellows receive a $1,000 stipend paid in three installments, $250 at the beginning of their term (summer or AY), $500 after they submit a mid-term progress report, and $250 after they present at Loyola’s spring research symposium. Additionally, fellows receive up to $1,000 in a research budget. The research budget is not awarded as a lump sum, but paid out through reimbursements. Fellows and mentors must first submit a budget request form, and when that is approved, they purchase the needed items, then submit the receipts to Andrew Warne to process for reimbursement. For more detailed information on stipends and research budgets, see the Provost Fellowship Payment & Budget Info form below.
If students want to obtain academic credit for conducting this research, there are several mechanisms in place that make this possible. The discipline/school/department that the faculty mentor belongs to will have formalized courses or internships in the course offering guide for obtaining credit. Students can also consider the UNIV 391: Internship Seminar in Undergraduate Research.
The capstone of the Provost Fellowship is Loyola’s spring research symposium, at which all Provost Fellows are expected to share their research projects in either an oral presentation or poster presentation. Provost Fellows are also encouraged to present their work at other conferences, and should rely on their mentors and other Provost Fellows for feedback as they construct their presentations.
Key Documents for Provost Fellows
Applying for the Provost Fellowship
As with the other LUROP Fellowships, students must apply online for the Provost Fellowship by March 1. Additionally, all applicants MUST have a faculty member willing to serve as a mentor BEFORE applying. Upper-level undergraduates generally apply with projects they have taken more individual initiative over designing, while younger undergraduates tend to apply with projects that their mentors designed (although all fellows should show a distinct individual component and take initiative within the project).
A group of faculty from various disciplines will evaluate each application, including an abstract and project description that includes a project timeline, a budget, and the mentor’s letter of recommendation.
For more information about the Provost Fellowship program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773.508.3886.
Andrew Warne, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Research Program Manager
Patrick Green, Ed.D.
Director, Center for Experiential Learning