Mellon Undergraduate Research in the Humanities & Social Sciences Research and Pre-Thesis Fellowships

The goals of the Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellowship program are to provide opportunities for students (1) to gain critically important research skills and training in a faculty-directed research fellowship and (2) to pursue their own research questions and more fully develop their senior theses with a pre-thesis fellowship.

Eligibility Requirements


  • Research Fellowship: Scripps College students who have completed or are enrolled in Core 3 and whose faculty-directed research projects are in the humanities or social sciences.
  • Pre-Thesis Fellowship (not available for fall): Scripps College juniors whose senior thesis will be in the humanities or social sciences. Juniors studying abroad are eligible for this award. This award does not fund thesis research for seniors


Deadline for Spring and Summer Applications- February 11th

Deadline for Fall Applications- September 16th

Application Information

To apply, please complete the application on-line. Supplemental materials may be uploaded to the on-line application or e-mailed directly to Raina Coutin.


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

More information may be found in the attached Fall call for proposalsSpring call for proposals, and Summer call for proposals.

Questions? Contact Associate Dean of Faculty Jennifer Armstrong.



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