The Summer Research Fund

The Summer Research Fund is an opportunity for students to work with a Tulane professor on a scholarly project for six weeks during the summer. 

It is great for all students interested in research, regardless of their experience; for students new to research or already working with a faculty mentor. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors across Tulane’s five schools are welcome to apply. You can earn up to $3000 for housing and/or research costs.


Funding can be used to cover the cost of housing and research materials, so students can focus on this enhanced academic experience. The program supports eight weeks of research on the Tulane campus, supervised by a Tulane faculty member. Students meet as a community weekly throughout the eight–week period to gain reflect upon the research process, provide support for one another, and learn how to turn their research into future careers, theses, conference presentations, and more.

*In previous years, $1,000 was awarded to the Faculty Member/Principal Investigator of this research project. During summer 2024, all funds will be awarded to the undergraduate student to cover research materials and living expenses.

Application Requirements and Eligibility

  • You must submit an online application, a budget, proof of research project, and a letter of support from a member of your lab that is supervising your research and you plan to collaborate with (e.g., faculty member or principal investigator, postdoctoral fellow, PhD student).
  • The online application will include the following questions:
    • Question 1 (no max or min word count): Brief Description of Research Question/Topic
    • Question 2 (500 words max): Why are you interested in research? What do you hope to gain from this research experience?
    • Question 3 (500 words max): What are your long-term academic, personal, and career goals, and how will engaging in research help you reach these goals?
  • You must be an undergraduate student in good academic standing and conduct.

Summer 2024

Application Timeline

  • Tuesday, January 3: Application opens
  • Wednesday, March 15: Deadline for submissions
  • Friday, April 5: Decisions announced

Program Schedule

Dates & Topics are Subject to Change

  • Pre-SRP: Orientation -- week of April 30th
  • 1st Didactic Session -- week of June 3rd: Welcome to SRP & Overview of Research Jargon
  • 2nd Didactic Session -- week of June 10th: Panel of Current Graduate Students (Masters, PhD, Law, Medical)
  • 3rd Didactic Session -- week of June 17th: Faculty Member Chat, Education & Career Trajectory
  • 4th Didactic Session -- week of June 24th: Nationally Competitive Fellowships & Scholarships with OFA
  • 5th Didactic Session -- week of July 1st: Off-Campus Social Activity
  • 6th Didactic Session -- week of July 8th: How to Fund Your Research this Fall
  • 7th Didactic Session -- week of July 15th: You’ve Done the Research, What Comes Next?
  • Final Didactic Session -- week of July 22nd: Celebration & Closing of SRP
  • After SRP: Optional Workshops -- How to make a research poster? How to write an abstract? Personal Statement writing for Graduate School Applications.

Application Link