2022/23 Research and Innovation Student RSCA Fellowship

The 2022/23 Research and Innovation Student RSCA Fellowship (R&I SRF, formerly the Student RSCA Grant Initiative; SRGI) is designed to support undergraduate and graduate students engaged in RSCA with an SJSU faculty mentor. The goals of the R&I SRF are (1) to support high quality RSCA experiences for students, (2) have the R&I SRF students envision themselves as successful researchers and scholars beyond the fellowship, and (3) enhance the mentoring skills of SJSU faculty to support their students in RSCA.

The R&I SRF program provides grants that pay students for their work and needed RSCA related travel. Additionally, student awardees—together with their specific faculty mentor—attend a cohort-based R&I SRF mentoring program that meets monthly throughout the 2022-23 academic year and culminates with a poster presentation at the 2023 Celebration of Research.

Students who are awarded this fellowship and their faculty mentors will each have to complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training offered through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). This roughly 4-hour training will be required prior to accepting the R&I SRF. If you have already completed the CITI RCR training within the last 48 months you do not need to retake it. For instructions on how to access this training, please visit the SJSU Research Compliance website. Students and faculty mentors will be required to provide a copy of their Certificate of Completion upon acceptance of the award.

Informational video on R&I SRF

Who is eligible?

Eligible students are those who are currently matriculated and collaborating with an SJSU faculty member with a currently funded grant (extramural or internal) supporting their RSCA project. Students must remain matriculated throughout the entire R&I SRF program (i.e. they must not graduate prior to May 2023).

How much funding is available?

Thirty-four awards of up to $3,500 will be granted. Grant funds may be used to compensate students for time during the R&I SRF and to pay for conference registration fees or RSCA-related travel for the student. Funds may not be used for faculty travel or faculty compensation.

How do I apply?

Students and their faculty mentor must (jointly) complete the 2022/23 Application Form [pdf] and Budget Spreadsheet and obtain all necessary signatures (we suggest using Docusign). 

Please email completed applications, preferably as a single PDF, by 5 pm February 11, 2022, to Office of Research Applications. Please put “R&I SRF” in the subject head.

Selection Criteria

The evaluation criteria are as follows:

  • Overall quality of the application;

  • Significance of the project and merit of the work;

  • Likelihood that the student’s participation will contribute to their educational and career goals;

  • Appropriateness of the methodology or the creative focus;

  • Potential for accomplishing the proposed project; and

  • Strength of the proposed mentoring relationship.

Process Timeline

February 11, 2022: Applications due

March 18, 2022: Notifications go out to applicants. Successful grant recipients receive directions on how to start their RSCA projects with their faculty mentors.

March 21 - May 16, 2022: Successful student grant recipients begin to plan their 2022-23 Academic Year RSCA projects with their faculty mentors.

April 14, 2022: Grant recipients will be invited to participate virtually in the 2022 Celebration of Research where their R&I SRF awards will be announced to the campus community.

2022-23 Academic Year: Students and faculty mentors jointly attend and participate in required monthly meetings designed to enhance the success of the proposed RSCA project and the faculty-mentor/student-mentee relationship.

Spring 2023: R&I SRF grant recipients will be expected to present their research at the 2023 Celebration of Research (date will likely be in April, 2023).

May 31, 2023: Program ends

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Student Questions

Faculty Questions

Budget Questions