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.

R&I SRF Virtual Information Session:

November 15, 2021, at 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

The Office of Research will be hosting a virtual R&I SRF Information Session to discuss the R&I SRF program, how to apply, and to answer any questions. The session is designed for both students and faculty mentors to attend. RSVP here.

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 19, 2022: Notifications go out to applicants. Successful grant recipients receive directions on how to start their RSCA projects with their faculty mentors.

March 20 - 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

  1. My faculty advisor told me to look at the RFP for the R&I SRF. What is an RFP? 
    RFP is the common acronym for Request for Proposals. The information posted to the SJSU website here, represents our RFP for the R&I SRF. The RFP contains all the information on the fellowship, eligibility, and the application review criteria.

  2. Is it only possible to apply for the R&I SRF if the faculty member currently has a research grant? Why?

    The student applicant works with a faculty member who has a currently funded research grant to support their RSCA. The grant can be funded by internal SJSU funds or external fundsfrom a federal, state or local agency or a private foundation.

    The framework of faculty funding allows the student to work on a clearly defined project, with set boundaries and timeframes, and supports a culture of research within SJSU.

  3. I am a student, currently working as part of a team. Can I include other team members as part of my application?

    The R&I SRF can only be applied for by individual students, not groups. This means that you can apply, and so can any other student working on the same project, but the award will be made on an individual basis only.

  4. Did the R&I SRF used to be called something different?

    In previous years the R&I SRF has been known as the Student RSCA Grant Initiative (SRGI) and the Undergraduate Research Grant (URG).

  5. May I apply for the R&I SRF as a graduate student?

    The R&I SRF is open to both graduate and undergraduate students who are currently matriculated at SJSU and will remain so through the end of the 2022-23 academic year.

  6. Is the R&I SRF only available to students in STEM related fields?

    The R&I SRF is open to undergraduate and graduate students across all disciplines. 

  7. Do I have to attend the monthly mentoring sessions, or are they optional?
    Attendance at the monthly mentoring sessions is a requirement of this program.

    If your application is successful, you will be required to attend the monthly mentoring sessions together with your faculty mentor, and undertake the required assignments.

    If either you or your faculty mentor is not willing to take part in these meetings, then you should not apply to this program.

  8. Is an in-text citation or a reference list required for the R&I SRF application? If so, is there a specific format to be followed?
    If you look at the application form for the R&I SRF you will note that it takes the form of a series of questions to be filled out in conjunction with your faculty mentor. Assuming that you answer these questions fully, you will have fulfilled the relevant criteria. 

    There is no request for citations. 

  9. I am graduating in May 2022, am I eligible to apply for the R&I SRF given that the grant term is for the 2022-23 academic year? 
    SJSU is only able to pay students who are currently matriculated. Thus if you will not be a student through the end of the Spring 2023 semester you are ineligible to apply for the R&I SRF.

  10. I will be joining SJSU in Fall 2022, am I eligible to apply for the R&I SRF?
    In order to apply for this initiative you must be a current SJSU student.

    The R&I SRF takes place on an annual basis, so you will be able to apply for the 2023/24 cycle.

  11. Can I apply for the R&I SRF multiple times?

    You may only apply once each year, but you may apply in different academic years.

  12. I am almost done with my application but I noticed that there is no guideline for word count or evaluation criteria?
    The application for the Student RSCA Grant Initiative gives an indication of the length of response required in terms of the fillable areas. 

    If you have followed the requirements of the RFP and completed the required application form and budget request form to the best of your ability, then your application should be ready. 

Faculty Questions

  1. My RSCA project is not currently funded by SJSU. Are my students still eligible to apply?
    As a faculty member, for your students to be eligible to apply, you must have current extramural or internal grant funding.

    The funding does not need to come from SJSU.

  2. I have just applied for a RSCA Seed Grant. In my proposal I mention two students providing assistance with research. Should I have my student researchers apply now for the R&I SRF?
    No. You must have a currently funded research grant to apply for funding.

    SJSU cannot guarantee that a RSCA Seed Grant, or any other application, will be funded.

  3. I am working with a student in my college who is in a different department. For the department chair signature, should I ask my department chair or my student's department chair?
    Since you are the mentoring faculty member and the student is supporting your RSCA, please have your department chair sign it.

    Please ensure that the student makes their own department aware of the application, but no signature is required.

  4. Is it okay if just my student attends the monthly mentoring sessions, as I did it last year with a former student?

    It is required that both the student and the faculty mentor attend these sessions and complete the activities jointly. 

Budget Questions

  1. I am a student applicant and have noticed that we can allot a budget for Student Salary in the budget spreadsheet. Does that refer to me, or can it be someone else?
    The fellowship funds go to benefit you as the student applicant only - no other students may be supported with these fellowship funds.

  2. We would like to include support to present research findings at a major conference, either virtually or in person. Is it permissible to subsidise travel through this program, or should we seek other funding? 
    Yes, but only for the student, not for the faculty mentor.