The Richter Fellowship Program is funded by the Paul K. and Evelyn E. Cook Richter Memorial Funds and is awarded to members of the University Honors Program to conduct independent research, usually outside the United States. The project can cover any area of study, but should be international or multicultural in nature. SMU is one of only 12 schools offering Richter Fellowships, and only Honors students are eligible to apply for the Fellowships.
Richter Fellows receive funding to conduct one to three months of research over winter or summer break, generally abroad. Alternately, students may conduct a research project at the SMU-in-Taos campus in Taos, NM. Upon returning, Fellows write and submit a scholarly article based on their research with intent to seek publication. Past Richter Fellows have been published in various academic journals and magazines; one SMU student won the prestigious Sidney De Vere Brown Best Undergraduate Paper Award in 2003.
Student candidates for the Richter Fellowship submit a completed application, a project proposal describing the project, its purpose, how it will be carried out, and its location. Students of sophomore or junior standing are encouraged to apply. Students must work with a faculty sponsor to develop and implement their projects.
Students interested in the Richter Fellowship program should contact the University Honors Program office for further information. Application due dates for the winter and summer periods will be announced by email.
Applications for summer International Richter Fellowships will be due on February 11, 2013 by 5pm in G02B Clements Hall.
Applications for summer Taos Richter Fellowships will be due on February 25, 2013 by 5pm in G02B Clements Hall.
Requirements for an acceptable proposal:
1. You will be required to satisfy the Rubric for a Richter Proposal
2. You must demonstrate significant consideration of the Richter ReadMe Document
3. You must include an Application Packet and proposal, for the International Richter Fellowship, or a Taos Application Form and proposal, for the Taos Richter Fellowship, in good form - note, the address of our office has changed to Clements G02B PO Box 750283.
4. Bring two printed copies of your Richter Proposal and Application (at least one copy must be unbound) before the deadline.
For additional information on university-wide competitive awards and scholarships, please visit: SMU Office of National Fellowships and Awards.