Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

The Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program provides funding and support to a select group of undergraduate students in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. The program enables students to pursue unique research opportunities that exceed what is typically available to undergraduates.

Woodrow Wilson Fellows begin working on project design and implementation during the first semester of their award and carry that research through to graduation. In addition to the support they find from their peers during workshops, they also work one-on-one with a faculty mentor and receive supervision from the program director.

Each fellow receives up to $10,000 of funding over four years (up to $7,500 for sophomores) to be spent on research costs, which may include travel, equipment, and use of archives or laboratories. Fellows will focus on their undergraduate fields of specialization to pursue one or more intensive research projects, crafted in conjunction with the director of undergraduate research and the fellow’s faculty mentor. The fellowship is a multi-year research project, and fellows are expected to dedicate at least 2-3 full summers to their research projects.

Fellows attend frequent seminars and group events focusing on research skills and professionalization. They also meet with the director of undergraduate research at least once per month.

Senior fellows are required to present the results of their research to the Hopkins community at an annual poster presentation, held in April or May. Additionally, a portion of each fellow’s award must be dedicated to the dissemination of their research at a professional conference.

Who Can Apply?

  • Undergraduates applying for freshmen admission to the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS)
  • Current first-year KSAS students (rising sophomores)

Strong candidates for this award will demonstrate an active interest in conducting their own research. The selection of Wilson Research Fellows is based on academic merit and the strength of the applicant’s proposal for independent projects. Awards are given out across all majors, and projects range from lab investigations to film productions. Interdisciplinary work is highly valued, but projects should also tie into a student’s major so they are well trained to pursue the project.


  • Incoming Freshmen should complete and submit the online application form accompanying your application to Johns Hopkins University. If you are awarded a fellowship, you will be notified when you receive your admissions acceptance letter to Hopkins. Notifications are only sent to fellowship recipients.
  • Rising Sophomores should complete the online application by the annual deadline. Check the fellowship webpage for information about the deadline, which is typically in the spring semester.

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