Research Fellowships

Emory is both an excellent liberal arts college and a tier-one research university. We take advantage of these strengths—and promote the fruitful interaction of undergraduate education and scholarly research—by hosting a select group of undergraduate fellows who actively participate in the university's vibrant research environment. QTM fellows gain valuable research experience in a field of interest and get academic credit for their work.

Benefits of being a fellow

As a fellow, you’ll get:

  • Three academic credits per semester (in QTM 499: Directed Research)
  • Access to QTM’s computer lab
  • Access to QTM's seminars and conferences
  • Opportunities to meet leading scholars from a wide range of scholarly fields and approaches
  • The opportunity to participate in ongoing faculty research as a research assistant
  • Invaluable educational experiences that will give you an advantage in a variety of careers, including research, business, law, and public service
  • Access to research support: QTM fellows can apply for up to $500 to support their research projects*


  • Open to rising juniors and seniors only
  • An overall and major GPA of at least 3.3 is required
  • Fellowships are for one academic year. The research assistant position entails an average of 8-10 hours per week
  • Priority is given to QTM major and minor students (QSS, AMS, PPA, and BBA + QSS students)

During the Fellowship

  • You may not participate in any Honors program
  • You may not participate in any research program outside of the QTM Fellowship
  • You may not participate in any QTM Capstone program
  • You may not be enrolled in more than 15 credits (including the three QTM Fellowship credits) during the semesters during which you are participating

Please note: Research conducted as a QTM undergraduate fellow or research assistant cannot be used for or related to a student's undergraduate honors thesis work


Admission to the Institute's fellowship program is highly selective. For the 2019-2020 academic year, we are accepting applications from rising juniors and seniors.

Applications are due March 22, 2019. Apply by:

You will be contacted by April 1st, 2019 about your application status. Finalists will be interviewed before a final decision is made.

*These funds must directly enable the student to execute a task within his/her/their research role. Can be used for networking, professional development, and to present at conferences.

Q: Can the academic credits I receive through the QTM fellowship count towards my major?

A: Up to three credits can count towards the general credit hour requirements for the QSS major. You cannot substitute for any of the required core courses or electives, but up to three credit hours can count towards the overall 50+ credits you need for the QSS major. 


Q: Can the research I'm involved in as a part of this fellowship be related to my honors thesis?

A: No.


Q: What happens once I apply for this fellowship?

If you meet the criteria for QTM's Undergraduate Fellowship program, we will seek a match between you and a faculty member and/or PhD student based on your research interests and academic background. If we successfully match you, you will then meet with the faculty member and/or PhD student, establish expectations and responsibilities, and sign a contract.


Q: What am I expected to do as a QTM Undergraduate Fellow? Do I just act as a research assistant for 8-10 hrs/week?

A: In addition to acting as a research assistant, you must attend two brief check-in meetings during each semester with QTM's Undergraduate Fellowship Director. Fellows will be asked to complete a self-evaluation and discuss their progress in their respective research projects.


Q: How do I apply for funding to support my research project? What kinds of things can I apply for?

A: Contact Ms. Areanna Sabine at if you are interested in applying for funding to support your research project. The funds must go towards executing your research project.


Q: What are sample projects of previous Fellows? 

A: For a description of current fellows click here.  For past fellows, click here.