Richter Scholars Research Fellowship

The Richter Scholars Research Fellowship (RSRF) program enables APU undergraduate and graduate students to pursue independent research projects in conjunction with a faculty sponsor. APU is one of only 12 institutions to be awarded funding for a Richter Scholars program, and the RSRF is generously funded by the Paul K. Richter Memorial Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

Eligibility

Richter Fellows grants are available to full-load graduate (8 hours per semester) and undergraduate (12 hours per semester) students at APU. When a graduate program does not require 8 hours to qualify as a full load, a faculty sponsor may submit a justification to the review committee in particular circumstances.

Students must complete projects before they graduate, and funding is for research that has not yet been conducted—funding cannot be used to reimburse students for already-conducted research projects.

The applicant’s cumulative GPA at Azusa Pacific must be at least 3.0, but in exceptional cases a faculty sponsor may submit a justification for an applicant who does not meet the minimum GPA requirement.

Undergraduate students must be an incoming sophomore, junior, or senior to be eligible for the RSRF. Graduate students may apply in any year, but the research should be completed before graduation. Only individual applications will be considered—students are able to coordinate with another Richter Fellow when appropriate, but the final project must be led by an individual student.

The student is solely responsible for the design and execution of the project. The faculty sponsor is actively involved in reviewing the student’s Richter Fellows application before approving it, and will monitor the student’s progress if a scholarship is awarded, but the project must be student-driven and -initiated.

Funding

The Paul K. Richter Memorial Fund and the Evalyn E.C. Richter Memorial Fund, administered by Bank of America, have awarded the funds for this program to Azusa Pacific University. There is no specific limit on the amount of funding per student, but most grants will not exceed $5,000. These grants are specifically for the research project and do not affect other Azusa Pacific University scholarships or financial aid.

Application Key Dates

  • Applications Due: April 1, 2022
  • Award Notification: Week of April 25, 2022
  • Post-Award Required Session: TBD

Richter Scholars Research Fellowship Application (MS Word)

Fellowship Project Completion

Students who have applied for and are awarded a 2022 Richter Scholars Research Fellowship may use the following information as a guide for project completion. For any additional questions, contact your faculty sponsor.

Research Key Dates

  • Conduct Research: May-August 2022
  • Midterm Report: August 31, 2022
  • Complete Preparation of Paper/Presentation: October-December 2022
  • Final Report: December 9, 2022
  • Complete Postfellowship Survey: January 2023
  • Deliver Paper/Presentation at an APU Event: Spring 2023

Award Payment

Students who have been awarded a Richter Scholars Research Fellowship may be paid up to $3,600 of their total $5,000 award to work on their projects. Student awardees will be hired as student employees and will be paid $15 per hour. All monies paid are subject to applicable state and federal income taxes.

Once the awards are announced, student awardees will be contacted by Yvonne Rodriguez (yrodriguez@apu.edu) from the Office of Research and Grants, and she will provide instructions regarding the Office of Student Employment hiring process. Students must be hired through the Office of Student Employment before project work begins.

Note: The faculty sponsor may terminate student employment if convinced the student awardee is not satisfactorily carrying out the grant project. Therefore, it is important that you communicate regularly with your faculty sponsor.

Travel for Data Collection

A portion of award funds may be used for travel to collect data, including international travel. These costs include transportation expenses (e.g., airfare or mileage) as well as food and lodging. All receipts from travel costs must be maintained by the student and noted in the final project report. Each student will need to submit an expense report in SAP Concur in order to be reimbursed for their travel expenses. Contact Yvonne Rodriguez at yrodriguez@apu.edu for instructions on how to use SAP Concur.

Presentation and Publication Funding

Funds may be requested for participation at a scholarly conference, but funds for travel and conference registration will not be disbursed until the student awardee has been accepted to present their research. Travel requests must be based on the most reasonable rates available for transportation, lodging, and meals.

Actions on the Proposal

A committee made up of graduate and undergraduate faculty from a variety of disciplines reviews the proposals and makes one of the following decisions about the proposals:

  • Approve as submitted
  • Approve with changes
  • Invite the applicant to resubmit with specified revisions
  • Disapprove with no opportunity to resubmit

Substantial Changes in the Approved Proposals

After proposals have been approved, minor changes may be made in consultation with the faculty sponsor and based on recommendations from the review committee. Substantial changes will be considered if strongly supported by the student’s faculty sponsor.

Reports

After completing the project, applicants are required to submit a minimum three-page summary of the project results, in the style of the discipline, to the Richter Fellows Committee by December 31, 2022. Students also present their research to the committee in December and subsequently at an APU event the following spring semester. For students who are studying away in the spring, accommodations can be made.

Dissolution of Fellowship

A faculty sponsor and/or the department chair of the student’s program may recommend to the Richter Fellows Committee the termination of the grant and the cancellation of further funding if the student is not fulfilling the terms of the proposal.

Contact Information

For questions, contact Robert Duke at rrduke@apu.edu.

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