Undergraduate Library Research Fellow

Undergraduate Library Research Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The University Libraries' Undergraduate Library Experience provides undergraduates the opportunity to see how scholarship is communicated and disseminated through work in libraries that is often invisible to the casual user.  It will position students with an interest in academic research to experience more deeply the type of partnerships many researchers have with libraries around projects that enhance the work of their discipline. Experience might be with scholarly communication, metadata, primary resources and artifacts (as found in our Archives or Special Collections), development of open education resources, knowledge discovery tools, bibliography/resource curation of a discipline, digitization, and more.

This is a paid fellowship of $3,500 for a 10 week; 40 hours/week project. Up to 4 projects will be awarded.


The award is open to undergraduate students from all majors who are returning the following autumn semester and will require that students commit to at least 40 hours per week on the proposed project over a period of 10 weeks during the summer term under the mentorship (supervision) of a faculty librarian.

How to Participate

Contact and meet with a faculty librarian to develop a project plan. Faculty Librarians available to work on summer projects are listed here with many ideas for potential projects as a starting point. Please contact them directly.

Review Criteria

The selection committee considers the following when judging submissions:

  1. Student’s cover letter, GPA, and proposal
    • Is the writing clear and persuasive?
    • Does the student have a good grasp of the research area and methods?
    • Is the student likely to follow through and complete a worthwhile project?
    • Is the project highly original, independent, or ambitious?
    • Would this experience contribute greatly to the student’s future plans?
  2. Faculty librarian 's (advisor for project) letter
    • What is the advisor’s opinion of the student’s academic potential?
    • Does the advisor have a good plan for supervising the student (this information was requested on the application form)?
    • Is the advisor’s letter compelling?
  3. Second letter of recommendation
    • Is the letter well written and supportive?
    • Does the writer know the student well?

How to Apply

Applications require a completed application packet, personal statement, research proposal, and two recommendations, including one from your project advisor. All student materials should be submitted online and all faculty recommendations should be emailed to summerresearch@osu.edu by February 15, 2016. For more detailed instructions, see the application instructions.

What will I need to do if awarded this fellowship?

A report on the progress of the project is required by the first day of Autumn Semester 2016.  Scholarship recipients will be required to present their findings (or work in progress) at the 2016 Fall Undergraduate Research Day and are strongly encouraged to apply to present at the 2017 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum.