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.

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.


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

Applications for Scholars and Fellows will open here on December 1, 2018.

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. In the application the team leader will list the name and email address of other team members. The team leader will upload a PDF of the proposal which should include 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. Once the application is submitted team members 2 (and 3) will receive an email with a link to a form in which they must provide their personal demographic information and upload a labeled one-page essay describing how this project connects to their academic and career goals.

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.