Johnson Summer Student Research Grants

Scripps awards 5-8 Johnson Summer Student Research Grants each year. This award enables current Scripps students to complete interdisciplinary summer research.


The awards are given on a competitive basis for student-initiated, interdisciplinary projects. Each research grant is for $4,000, plus $300 for any necessary equipment and expenses. The stipulations on the awards are:

  1. The research project must be interdisciplinary (i.e. at least two disciplines must be involved).
  2. Criteria for evaluation of an application will include the intellectual rationale for the research project, its feasibility, its interdisciplinary focus, strength of sponsor's recommendation, and relevant aspects of the student's background.
  3. The research project must have a sponsor advisor who is a Scripps faculty member. If an off-campus professional is the primary advisor on the project, a Scripps faculty member needs to sign as secondary advisor.
  4. The results of the research will be presented at the fall research symposium. Thus, only students returning to Scripps in the following fall are eligible, with the exception of juniors abroad in the following fall, who will then present in the fall of their senior year
  5. No academic credit will be granted for the project
  6. Projects may be carried out domestically as well as abroad.

Eligibility Requirements

Only students returning to Scripps in the following fall are eligible, with the exception of juniors abroad during the fall following their research, who will in such cases present in the fall of their senior year.


Sunday February 11th

The application process and timetable are as follows:

  • Monday, February 11, 2019:  Applications are due.
  • End of February:  A subcommittee will meet to evaluate the applications
  • First week of March:  Letters will be sent out announcing awards.  Students will have one week to accept the award, after which there is a firm commitment
  • Summer:  Research project is carried out
  • Monday, September 3:  Final report due to faculty advisor and the Dean of the Faculty’s office
  • Academic year:  Presentation at a college-wide event scheduled by the Dean of Faculty’s office (normally fall semester)

Application Information

  • Call for Proposals
  • Application: Must be submitted electronically.
  • Letter of Recommendation: May be uploaded to the application or recommenders may send them via e-mail to Raina Coutin
  • Unofficial Transcript: Must be submitted electronically, upload to application
  • Project Abstract: Must be submitted electronically- upload to application or write in field provided.
  • Project Detail: Please describe in detail your proposed research in one to two pages, directly addressing the award criteria. Include a budget of your projected costs. The research award may be used to reimburse expenses associated with your project, including travel, or may be taken as a stipend (please be aware that stipends will be taxed).
  • Budget Detailing how one intends to use money: Must be submitted electronically-  upload to application or write in field provided.  (Recipients approved for projects outside of the U.S. will be required to purchase the International Student Identity Card for $22.00)

Please note the grant may be taken totally or partially as a stipend, in which case it is taxable. It may also be utilized totally or partially to reimburse the student for travel, equipment, books and other expenses associated with the project.

Requirements for Summer funding:

  1. Meeting with Fellowship Coordinator: Students are required to schedule an initial meeting with fellowship coordinators. Contact Liza Chavac for Mellon IHI Funding and Raina Coutin for all other summer funding to discuss project guidelines and requirements in detail. If you are studying abroad, you are required to schedule a skype or facetime meeting. Schedule this meeting as soon as possible during the Spring semester.
  2. International & Summer Research: Any student traveling out of the country during their research period will be required to fill out additional paper work/release forms with SAGE. Please be sure to notify the appropriate coordinator for all other summer funding if your research will take place outside of the US.
  3. Report: All students are required to submit a Summer Research Report by email on September 6th, 2018 to
  4. Research Symposium: All students are required to submit a poster and present their research to the Scripps community at the Summer Research Scripps Tea on September 18, 2019. If you will be studying abroad during the fall semester or have a scheduled class during the Scripps Tea, please notify the appropriate fellowship coordinator. You will still be required to submit a poster and research paper. Click here for a sample poster.
  5. Receipts & Reimbursements: All students are responsible for keeping original receipts and submitting them to the appropriate coordinator. NO photocopies or scanned images will be accepted. If you receive an electronic receipt you may print that and submit with receipt packet.

All receipts for SUMMER 2019 FUNDING are due by SEPT. 6, 2019.

  • Mileage Reimbursement Form: If you plan on being reimbursed for mileage/drive time you will be required to submit a mileage reimbursement form. You will also be required to submit a map which indicates the miles traveled and entered on the reimbursement form.
  • Credit Card Procedure: If you require a credit card for purchasing items related to your research please contact the appropriate coordinator or the Associate Dean of Faculty. You will be required to submit specific information related to the purchase and the amount will be deducted from your supply budget.

Advance on Funds: Students are eligible to request an advance on funds. Funds will be available by June 1st. If you are interested in receiving an advance please contact the appropriate coordinator or the Associate Dean of Faculty.  Please note, if you are given an advance you are still responsible for submitting ALL proper receipts and paper work. If you DO NOT submit your receipts by the deadline the money advanced will be considered taxable income.


Institutional Review Board (IRB) Information:

If your project involves work with human participants (ex. surveys, interviews) your project will require IRB approval.  Your faculty mentor must possess the relevant training and be willing to supervise your research methodology.

You must correspond via email or in person with an IRB chair or the IRB administrator prior to applying to receive guidance on IRB requirements.  You may apply for the fellowship prior to receiving official IRB approval, but if granted the fellowship, you will not receive funding until you have received IRB approval.  See  for information on how to apply for IRB approval, including the link to the online application.


Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Information:

If your research involves work with animals, you must work closely with a Keck Science professor who has the expertise required for the project and you must receive relevant training and health clearance. All experiments involving vertebrate animals must be approved by the Keck Science Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (   Contact Professor Melissa Coleman ( with questions about animal use.


Additional Information

Questions? Contact Jennifer Armstrong .




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