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Undergraduate Fellowships

The Council for Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) is excited to announce its undergraduate student research fellowship awards in 2023-2024. As a collaboration between the Asian American Studies and Latina and Latino Studies Programs to advance the interdisciplinary study of race at Northwestern, CRES supports undergraduate, graduate, and faculty fellows. The Council’s undergraduate student fellowship program seeks to generate and support interdisciplinary research that advances the study of race and Ethnic Studies scholarship at Northwestern. Undergraduate students will be part of a CRES fellows cohort; receive mentoring by CRES faculty; and present their work at a research colloquium.

Fellowships offer funds to support undergraduate students working with a faculty mentor on a collaborative project or their own work either during the summer or as a year-long project. Fellows will present their work at the annual research colloquium, and join a community of scholars dedicated to the study of race and Ethnic Studies. We welcome fellowship applications from Northwestern undergraduate students in all majors and schools. 

Based on the quality of the proposed project, we will award multiple fellowships between $1500 - $5000; we anticipate awarding up to four fellowships each year. These awards may also be used in conjunction with other undergraduate research awards.



Applications are due by 11:59 PM on March 10, 2023.



Applications are due by March 10, 2023. Please submit the following documents to our online portal

  • 3 pages, double-spaced (maximum) description of your research topic and plan, and whether the research will be conducted over the summer of 2023 or during the 2023-2024 school year. Please write for an interdisciplinary audience and explain how your research advances the study of race and is appropriate for a CRES fellowship. 
  • A letter of support from your faculty advisor or CRES faculty member outlining their role in your research plan (sent directly from the advisor). 
  • A copy of your unofficial academic transcript 

Applications must contain all of the above elements to be complete.



 Your application must include a letter of recommendation from the faculty advisor who will supervise your project. There is a field in the application portal where you will submit your faculty reference's name and email; the system will send them an email prompt and link for uploading their letter. 

Important: Recommendations are due on March 21. We suggest that you give your recommender advance notice so they are ready to submit their letter by this date.



Please prepare PDFs of your application materials and submit them via the online portal no later than 11:59 PM on Friday, March 10, 2023.



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