The Office of Undergraduate Fellowships & Research invites applications for the 2019 Summer Emerging Scholars Program. The program's goal is to support students in the early exploration of their research and scholarly interests, and in developing their research skills, under the tutelage of a faculty mentor or mentors. This program differs from other summer research grant programs, such as the Program for Undergraduate Research (PUR), that call for detailed project proposals outlining structured research projects. Instead, Emerging Scholars are expected to pursue exploratory, conceptual, and applied research, scholarship, or creative projects.


Successful applicants are expected to work on their scholarship on a fulltime basis, 30 hours or more a week (with the understanding that this amount will necessarily vary based on the project), for at least 8 weeks, preferably 10 weeks, over the summer under the close mentorship of a Bucknell faculty member.

Scholars will also participate in weekly scholarly and professional development workshops that will meet over much of the summer.

How to Apply

The application is in two parts. One should be written by the student, the other by the faculty mentor. Each part is submitted separately, though the faculty mentor should review the student's portion. The application must include a clearly defined set of goals for the proposed scholarship that are achievable within a period of 8-10 weeks during the summer months. Both the student's and faculty mentor's parts should evidence a close intellectual collaboration between the student and the faculty mentor.

Submission Deadline is Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

Further Information

Contact Gretchen Fegley, at 570.577.3655 or If you have questions about your proposal as you are developing it, feel free to contact Margaret Marr at 570.577.1979 or