Undergraduate Research and the Dean for Faculty Development and Research oversee several sources of support for summer research assistants.

These funds are intended to promote faculty development and support student research opportunities. We allocate funding based on the following guidelines:

  • How well the project and or position meets the criteria established for the fund
  • Whether the faculty member already has adequate external funding
  • The merits of the proposed project
  • Untenured faculty and visiting professors with continuing appointments are prioritized in funding decisions.
  • Typically faculty without existing SRA funding will be funded up to 2 SRA positions (or full-time funding equivalent). Faculty with existing funding will likely be limited to 1 Undergraduate Research funded SRA position (or full-time funding equivalent). You may apply for funding for more than these limits, but depending on the funding demand, we may not be able to support larger SRA funding requests.

Deadline: The application deadline for Summer 2024 funding is March 1, 2024.


  • Applications for funding must be submitted by the faculty member with whom the student would be working.
  • Positions need to follow the Summer Research Assistant Policies.
  • If you are funded, hired SRAs must be continuing Middlebury undergraduates. This funding does not support students graduating prior to the summer, non-Middlebury students or alumni.
  • If you do not yet have a student identified, you may still apply.


Faculty members must submit the online application for each project in MiddApply.

Note: If you have been a recommender previously in Middlebury Apply, you may need to add the role of Applicant to be able to apply. After you are logged in, select My Account under your name in the upper right corner, roll down to the bottom to select Become an Applicant, then Save.

To complete the application, you will need:

  • A brief project description including details about the student’s role in the project
  • Requested funding amount and budget description
  • Estimated dates of research and weekly hours

This funding is primarily for student stipends, with a limited additional amount for project related supplies or travel for STEM projects. The 2024 student research assistant stipend rate is $570 per week for a 40-hour work week (with a $10/wk increase to students returning to the same lab) or prorated at $14.25 per hour.

Faculty with other sources of funding (e.g. external grants, start-up funds, endowed chair funds) are expected to use those funds first to support SRA positions before applying for Undergraduate Research funds. URO funds are typically used to assist faculty without other sources of funding or in some cases, to augment external sources of funding for SRAs.

See a detailed list of available funds for general information purposes. On the online application, you only need to choose the broad funding category and not specific funds.


Application review will be completed by late March. In a typical year, the notices are targeted to be emailed the Friday before the break.

For additional details see Setting Up Summer Research Assistant Positions.

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