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.

IRB and IACUC information

If a student’s research involves work with human participants, (e.g. surveys, interviews, taking oral histories) she must apply for approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB). See  for information on how to apply, including the link to the online application. The student must meet with the IRB chair prior to the application deadline to get guidance on proposing a project that will meet IRB requirements.

For questions on whether or not the project requires IRB review, contact IRB administrator Professor Jennifer Armstrong (

If a student’s research involves work with animals, she must apply for approval from the KS 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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