CEI Summer Scholars and Fellows

The CEI Summer Scholars program provides highly motivated undergraduates the opportunity to immerse themselves in a community-based research or creative project under the direction of a faculty mentor.  Scholars spend ten weeks during the summer in full time pursuit of their projects in partnership with a Delaware non-profit, governmental, community-based action research, or service-based corporate activity and simultaneously pursue academic reflection under the guidance of a UD faculty mentor. Scholars earn three credits in preparation for the program, following their summer project, or some combination of the two.  During the summer, scholars are enrolled in a zero credit P/F Sustaining Course and attend a weekly seminar led by CEI staff. Scholars receive a stipend of $4000. APPLICATION.

The Wilmington Summer Fellows program will be a group experience involving 4-6 UD undergraduate students.  Fellows will engage Wilmington residents through interviews and research to help better understand their challenges, with the goal of helping improve overall quality of life in the city.  During the summer, fellows are enrolled in a zero credit P/F Sustaining Course and attend a weekly seminar. Wilmington Summer Fellows receive a stipend of $3000 and may combine their experience as a fellow with other summer activities such as coursework and/or employment. The Wilmington Summer Fellows program has its own application.  For more information contact Rayna DeReus, Public Allies DE, AmeriCorps Member and Community Engagement Coordinator with the University of Delaware.  Phone (813)-514-7487; email: rdereus@udel.edu. APPLICATION CLOSED.

The CEI Summer Fellows  program provides partial support for students who would like to continue a project in the summer or begin a project that will continue in the next academic year but wish to combine it with other summer activities such as coursework and/or employment. Fellows’ projects will vary in length of time commitment and funding. During the summer, fellows are enrolled in a zero credit P/F Sustaining Course and are invited to attend a weekly seminar led by CEI staff. Award stipends range from $500-$3000. APPLICATION CLOSED.

SummerCollab/CEI Summer Fellows.  SummerCollab is a nationally recognized non-profit founded in Delaware.  Through its deep rooted network of community based agencies and schools, it co-constructs extraordinary learning environments that inspire purpose and passion in nearly 2700 of Delaware’s highest need K-8th grade children. Six UD students will create and teach an arts based curriculum at one of the SummerCollab sites during the 2019 summer.  Fellows will attend an opening orientation, meet regularly with a faculty mentor, and present an oral or poster presentation at the August 15 Undergraduate Research and Service Symposium. Fellows will receive a $3000 stipend, jointly provided by the SummerCollab and the Community Engagement Initiative.  APPLICATION CLOSED.

Summer STEM Education Fellows. The 2019 Summer STEM Education Fellows Program will be a group experience involving 4-6 UD undergraduate students. Fellows will work in summer camp settings in Wilmington schools and non-profit organizations to provide STEM educational enrichment for upper elementary or middle school age youth.  Completed applications are due March 29, 2019. APPLICATION CLOSED.


Contact Susan Serra, Assistant Director of Service Learning, Community Engagement Initiative.

2019 CEI Summer Scholars and Fellows Application Process

Projects may be conducted in any major. Strong proposals will connect to the faculty mentor’s teaching or research. Proposals will explain the goals of the project, the questions you seek to answer by the combination of service and reflection, and the purposes of the service portion of the project.

The reflective portion of the proposal includes a preliminary bibliography and addresses questions in terms appropriate to the academic discipline(s) in which the project is being conducted. The end product of this project might be a written document (technical report, feature article, academic paper, journal, etc) or a presentation.

Each application should include a one-page essay (with name on the top) indicating how this project connects to the applicant’s academic and career goals

CEI Summer Scholar Individual/Team Leader Application–APPLICATION CLOSED

CEI Summer Fellow Individual/Team Leader Application–APPLICATION CLOSED

Proposals Due

March 1, 2019; Awards Announced April 1, 2019.

Team Applications

Students, with support of their faculty mentor, may apply as 2–3 person teams. To do so, students must choose a team leader to complete the application above. The team leader will upload a PDF of the proposal which includes a 2–3 page project description with bibliography, project timeline, and a one-page essay (with name on the top) indicating how this project connects to the team leader’s academic and career goals.

Other team members can submit their personal demographic information and labeled one-page essay describing how this project connects to their academic and career goals through the links below.

CEI Summer Scholar Team member application–APPLICATION CLOSED

CEI Summer Fellow Team member application–APPLICATION CLOSED

Once the team leader submits, faculty will receive an email with a link to upload their recommendation online. Only one recommendation letter is needed per team.

Early Decision

Scholars or Fellows who intend to earn credits in Spring 2019 as preparation for their summer service experience may apply for Early Decision and receive provisional approval within a month. The online application opens December 1 and the Early Decision deadline is January 15, 2019. Please indicate in your application that you wish to be considered for Early Decision and include a description of your spring semester plans. Early Decision awards will be announced by February 1.

Community Partner Letter of Support

Community Partners should indicate their support by emailing Susan Serra prior to the January 15 (early decision) or March 1 deadline.

Conference Travel Grant for CEI Summer Scholars and Fellows

CEI Summer Scholars and Fellows may apply for up to $1000 in travel expenses to support attendance at a disciplinary conference where the student shares the results of their faculty-directed community-based project. Applications are submitted and awards announced on a rolling decision basis after review.