ICIS Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The International Congress of Infant Studies (ICIS) is pleased to announce the offering of a limited number of grants to support undergraduate student research in infancy science during the summer of 2017.

Grant Information

Grants of up to $3,000 will be offered to support undergraduate student research in infancy science.  It is expected that the research conducted will result in findings submitted for presentation at the 2018 International Conference on Infant Studies.

Preference will be given to students from underrepresented groups; first generation to attend college; and to students who would not be able to devote a full summer to research without the funding.

Application Information

Please review the following application information. The application deadline is Monday, April 24. Award recipients will be announced by Monday, May 1.

Proposal Submission

All proposals should be submitted as one PDF file to Sam Putnam and include:

  • Application information page
  • A description of the project, including goals, timetable, products/outcomes, and what you hope to gain from the experience. Proposals should be no more than three 8.5 x 11” pages, double-spaced, using 12-point Times or Times New Roman font, with 1 inch margins
  • An accurate, detailed budget proposal itemizing projected expenses and furnishing a rationale for expenditures. Projects whose total funding requires more than the $3,000 should explain in their proposal how they plan to fund the full cost of the project or experience.
  • A current resume
  • An unofficial transcript (a screen shot is fine)
  • A letter of support from a faculty supervisor (see details below)

Please note carefully the following guidelines:

  • Successful research proposals typically include: a statement of the research problem; a description of the research design or methodology; a brief literature review; an explanation of the significance of the work; any preparation for this work (course work, related experience); a compelling explanation of how the project will benefit the applicant academically, personally, and/or professionally; and indication of financial need.
  • Budget requests may include funding to cover any legitimate research expenses associated with the project, including purchase of research materials, travel, food, and lodging. In addition, you may request a stipend to offset lost wages up to $2000.
  • Research projects involving human subjects must be approved by the host institution’s Institutional Review Board before funds can be disbursed.
Faculty Supervisor Letter

Please indicate:

  • The role the student will play in the lab or on the specific project.
  • Your willingness to support this student and the work.
  • Your plan for mentoring the student both in developing research skills and regarding preparation for graduate school.
  • How you will facilitate the student’s integration into the larger lab/campus community.
  • The degree to which the student’s summer research is contingent on these funds.
  • Confirmation of your willingness to help the student prepare an abstract to ICIS 2018 and the poster/presentation, if accepted.
  • Confirmation of your status as a member of ICIS.
Project Completion
  • Students/faculty are expected to submit the outcomes of this research to the 2018 ICIS meeting.
  • By October 1, grant recipients are required to submit a final report (1-2 pages) to Sam Putnam.
  • The final report should be accompanied by detailed documentation of all expenses paid for by the grant. The expense report should contain receipts documenting expenditures. For purchases, the report must document both what was purchased and, if applicable, the amount. Students will be expected to return funds whose use cannot be documented.

Submit a Proposal

Applications are reviewed by members of the ICIS undergraduate committee.
Proposals should be submitted electronically (PDF files please) to the committee co-chair, Sam Putnam.