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HERC Fellowship

Research Opportunities


The Higher Education Research Council (HERC) Fellowship is a paid, 10-week research experience offered to undergraduate students by the Institute for Inclusive & Transformative Scholarship. This fellowship is open to all STEM majors, including: students in natural sciences, social sciences, and health sciences, giving students the opportunity to gain meaningful research skills with a faculty mentor. HERC Fellows receive a $3,000 stipend, and the opportunity to present their research. Recipients of the HERC Fellowship must have a faculty mentor nominate them for the fellowship.

Are you new to research? The HERC Fellowship is a great opportunity to get engaged.

The fellowship is offered during both fall and spring semesters. Fall 2023 applications are currently open. Scroll down to learn more about the application process.

HERC Application Process

Students will need a faculty sponsor to complete the application process. The deadline for the Fall 2023 Application Process is Monday, April 10th, 2023. Follow the instructions below to complete the HERC Fellowship application process:

  1. Identify a faculty research mentor you would like to work with and a research project you are passionate about. All HERC Fellows need to work with and receive the support from a faculty member. Check out OUR’s “Getting Started” guide to learn more about connecting with faculty and doing research on campus.
  2. Prepare answers to two short prompts: 1) describe your research area interest and what you hope to gain from an undergraduate research experience, in 250 words or less and 2)  describe your personal and professional career goals, in 250 words or less.
  3. Complete HERC Fellowship Application Form.
  4. After you submit your HERC Fellowship Application form (Step 3), make sure that your faculty mentor completes the HERC Faculty Mentor Sponsorship Form. Both forms will need to be submitted in order for applications to be considered.


Office of Undergraduate Research

The HERC Fellowship is funded by the Idaho State Board of Education.