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Research Fellowships – $1500

Due date extended!

Summer Fellowship applications are NOW OPEN until midnight on March 22!

If you have any questions, please contact us at curl@uwo.ca!

A student stares at a bulletin board covered in ideas.Do you have a community problem you’d like to help solve? An ethical dilemma you’d like to explore? An intriguing research idea you simply don’t have the means to pursue?

CURL’s Student Research Fellowships support students’ research learning endeavours by providing $1500 and 1-on-1 mentorship with a faculty member at Huron. The funding may be used for project resources or to reduce the need for a part-time job while students complete this important work.

CURL celebrates all types of researchers and values research that is widely accessible. Your Fellowship could culminate in a research paper, a documentary, a website, a local event, or even a comic book!


Obtaining a Faculty Mentor

 least 3 weeks before applying, but ideally earlier, obtain a CURL Faculty Mentor whose expertise and interests are relevant to your project idea. Here are some potential steps to keep in mind:

  • Whether you’re just starting to form an idea or feel pretty set on one, we encourage you to meet with professors you already know, discuss potential ideas, and receive advice.  Most professors will be happy to help, even if they don’t become your mentor!
  • If you have a specific project in mind but aren’t sure who to talk to about it, please email us at curl@uwo.ca and we can direct you to individual faculty or other research resources at Huron to help you. However, we don’t formally match students to mentors: you and your mentor will create that partnership yourselves.
  • When choosing which professors to officially ask about mentorship, consider more than just their area of expertise: comfort, ease of communication, and compatible teaching/learning styles are extremely important to a successful mentorship experience.

The student applicant AND the CURL Faculty Mentor must submit separate applications. These applications will have the same due date.


All students currently enrolled in a Major or Minor program at Huron University College are eligible. There are no grade or course load requirements. Dual degree students studying at both Huron and Western are also welcome to apply.

Research projects from all disciplines will be considered, but priority will be given to interdisciplinary projects and/or projects that describe innovative methodology or learning outcomes. Necessary coursework is not eligible for this award, but substantial extension and mobilization of past coursework is.

CURL typically awards 8 Fellowships per calendar year; however, thanks to a generous donation from CURL Fellow and Huron alumnus Taylor Boyd, one extra Fellowship may be awarded yearly in support of a project in the fields of Psychology and/or Education.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the research period, winners are asked to submit two items:

  • A completed project (written report, documentary, website, etc.) describing their research process and results
  • A written reflection outlining their Fellowship experience.

Please see the Rules and Instructions document below for more information and the reflection template.

For school year Fellowships, these items are due April 30; for summer Fellowships, the due date is August 30. 

CURL is committed to making our programming as accessible as possible. We recognize that submitting your project by these dates may not be possible. Please keep us and your Faculty Mentor informed if you need a more flexible timeline!

Example Projects
  • Research related to a leadership role in community events (e.g: exhibitions, workshops, conferences, etc.)
  • Creation and dissemination of materials for a specific, research-related cause (e.g: websites, brochures, information booklets)
  • Examining the efficacy and potential application of non-local policies, pedagogies, and programs locally (or vice versa)
  • Exploring a local or contemporary ethical issue through video interviews with affected persons
  • Expansion and publication of research-based coursework (e.g: expanding the scope of an essay, going into greater detail, and widening the audience by translating it and publishing it online). Please note that the school assignments themselves or other academic requirements are NOT eligible to receive CURL awards.
  • And more!

If you’re unsure whether your project would be eligible, please send a brief summary to CURL@uwo.ca!

Student Application

OPEN until March 15, 2023

Mentor Application

OPEN until 11:59PM on March 22, 2023

Rules and Instructions

See the rubric, report guidelines, and more!

Preparation Form

View the application questions and prepare your answers.

Fellowship Winners

Check out some projects by past winners!