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Summer Programs

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The CEI Summer Scholars program provides highly motivated undergraduates the opportunity to immerse themselves in a community-based research or creative project under the direction of a faculty mentor.  Scholars spend ten weeks during the summer in full time pursuit of their projects in partnership with a Delaware non-profit, governmental, community-based action research, or service-based corporate activity and simultaneously pursue academic reflection under the guidance of a UD faculty mentor. Scholars earn three credits in preparation for the program, following their summer project, or some combination of the two. During the summer, scholars are enrolled in a zero credit P/F Sustaining Course and attend a weekly seminar led by CEI staff. Scholars receive a stipend of $4000.  

The CEI Summer Fellows program provides partial support for students who would like to continue a project in the summer or begin a project that will continue in the next academic year but wish to combine it with other summer activities such as coursework and/or employment. Fellows’ projects will vary in length of time commitment and funding. During the summer, fellows are enrolled in a zero credit P/F Sustaining Course and are invited to attend a weekly seminar led by CEI staff. Award stipends range from $500-$2000.


Contact Sue Serra at, Associate Director, Community Engagement Initiative.

2021 CEI Summer Scholars and Fellows Application Process

Projects may be conducted in any major. Strong proposals will connect to the faculty mentor’s teaching or research. Proposals will explain the goals of the project, the questions you seek to answer by the combination of service and reflection, and the purposes of the service portion of the project.

The reflective portion of the proposal includes a preliminary bibliography and addresses questions in terms appropriate to the academic discipline(s) in which the project is being conducted. The end product of this project might be a written document (technical report, feature article, academic paper, journal, etc) or a presentation.

Each application should include a one-page essay (with name on the top) indicating how this project connects to the applicant’s academic and career goals. 

CEI Summer Scholar

CEI Summer Fellow Application

CEI Faculty Letter of Support

Applications Open/Proposals Due

Applications open December 1, 2020

Proposals are due March 1, 2021

Awards Announced by April 1, 2021.

Team Applications

Students, with support of their faculty mentor, may apply as 2–3 person teams. To do so each team member should complete an application.  Team members may use the same proposal while including a one-page essay (with name on the top) indicating how this project connects to the their own academic and career goals.

Faculty should forward to CEI one recommendation letter per team.

Early Decision

Scholars or Fellows who intend to earn credits in Spring 2021 as preparation for their summer service experience may apply for Early Decision and receive provisional approval within a month. The online application opens December 1 and the Early Decision deadline is January 15, 2021. Please indicate in your application that you wish to be considered for Early Decision and include a description of your spring semester plans. Early Decision awards will be announced by February 1.

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