FAQ

How long does the program last?
DURI is a one year fellowship lasting from the spring of 2019 through the fall of 2019.

Is this for course credit or paid?
Spring of 2019 - 10-12/week for course credit.
Summer of 2019 - 40/week for $2,500 stipend.
Fall of 2019 - 10-12/week for $1,500 stipend.

Why should I pursue research through DURI?
DURI aims to broaden the undergraduate student experience and provide opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to develop skills in mentoring at the VCU School of Engineering under the leadership of our faculty. Research through DURI is progressive and sustained. These challenging endeavors for budding researchers demand a sense of commitment, require considerable time and effort, spark critical thinking and creativity, provide learning opportunities outside the classroom, and promote teamwork skills, all transferable to many real world problems. The research and mentoring experiences gained through DURI will be transformative for faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral trainees and undergraduate students alike.

What are the requirements for eligibility?
This fellowship is open to full time VCU undergraduates receiving a Bachelor’s degree in or after December 2019 from the School of Engineering. Students currently enrolled in other departments outside the School of Engineering are not eligible for this program. Students currently enrolled in other departments outside the School of Engineering are not eligible for this program. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows can apply to be mentors and are encouraged to do so. Preference will be given to graduate students and post-docs, but assistant professors in their startup years (i.e. within 3 years of their start date at VCU) are welcome to apply.

If selected, when can I use the travel award?
Students can use their travel funds up to two years after beginning the program as long as they have not graduated by that time or if they remain at VCU as a post-graduate student.

When are the application deadlines?
Applications for 2019 fellows are due November 1, 2018

When will I know if I have been selected?
Additional details about the program and selection will be posted later. 

How do I apply to be a fellow?
Please visit Apply Now to submit an application or download an application.