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Fordham Research Fellow and Research Intern Programs

Fordham-Columbia, Fordham-NYU, and Fordham-IBM Research Fellow and Research Intern Program Guidelines

I. Purpose

The Fordham-Columbia, Fordham-NYU and Fordham-IBM Research Fellow and Research Intern Program is designed to promote and expand research collaborations among the four institutions. The review committee will select up to six Fordham faculty members (Research Fellows) and up to twelve Fordham students (Research Interns) to work collaboratively with Columbia, NYU and/or IBM scholars, scientists, and students on a research project in the summer of 2020.

II. Process

  1. All Fordham tenured or tenure-track faculty members are invited to submit their applications to the Office of Research by October 25, 2019.
  2. The Fordham Chief Research Officer (CRO) will work with the University Research Council (URC) and Research Deans’ Council to review these applications. After consulting with the Provost and the three institutional partners, the CRO will select up to six Fordham faculty members as Research Fellows by November 21, 2019.
  3. Each selected Research Fellow is encouraged to recommend up to two Fordham undergraduate and/or graduate students to be his or her Research Intern(s) during the summer of 2020.
  4. Each Fellow applicant should submit a brief statement of how the students will participate in the project and the students’ resumes to CRO by December 9, 2019.
  5. The CRO will consult with the students’ deans to make the final decision. The Office of Research will complete the selection process of the student Research Interns by February 21, 2020.
  6. The Research Intern must be a current full time and degree seeking Fordham student through August 2020 with a GPA of 3.0 or above.
  7. The summer program will be held from May 15 to August 15, 2020, but the term can be extended or adjusted if all stakeholders agree.
  8. This program does not affect the Research Fellow’s Fordham Faculty Fellowship or other Fordham internal awards/grants; however, applicants must select only one of the three institutional partners—Columbia, NYU, or IBM.
  9. Selected Fordham-Columbia Fellows and Interns must follow the Columbia Faculty Handbook’s Guidelines for Visiting Scholars/Scientists and Seminar Associates 
  10. Selected Fordham-NYU Fellows will be required to sign a NYU standard research intellectual property agreement.

III. Eligibility

Fordham faculty applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a full-time tenure-track or tenured faculty member;
  2. Have strong research credentials that include grant activities and/or publicationsï¼›
  3. Have a pre-approved written plan for collaborating on research with a Columbia, NYU, or IBM scholar or scientist using resources provided by that scholar either independently or in conjunction with Columbia, NYU or IBM.
  4. This year, our partners have indicated their preference in supporting proposals that would advance research collaborations in the areas of a) neuroscience; b) cybersecurity; c) social innovation; d) urban studies; and e) global studies.

IV. Application

Fordham faculty applicants must submit the following application materials via Fordham Research Fellow 2020 application form no later than October 25, 2019:

  1. A one-page project summary, including objectives, project description, role of student research interns, expected outcomes, research equipment usage, and any related expenditures;
  2. A two-page resume;
  3. A letter of support from the applicant’s Department Chair or Dean at Fordham;
  4. A letter from the Columbia, NYU or IBM scholar/scientist agreeing to conduct collaborative research and provide needed resources; and
  5. All applicants must consult with and/or secure requisite approvals from the IRB, IBC and/or IACUC, when applicable.

V. Benefits

  1. The Fordham Research Fellows and Research Interns will, if previously arranged, have access to research facilities, equipment and a work space within Columbia, NYU or IBM as appropriate, and obtain a written agreement with a Columbia, NYU or IBM responsible person.
  2. The Office of Research at Fordham will be responsible for providing up to $5,000 as a stipend in support of the Fellow’s professional development and scholarly activities.
  3. The Office of Research will issue an award of up to $2,000 as a stipend payment to each selected student Research Intern.

VI. Outcomes

Fellows will be expected to produce scholarly publications, submit external grant proposals, develop interdisciplinary research collaborations, and/or deliver conference presentations. Fellows and Interns will also be required to submit a comprehensive report by October 1, 2020, and all fellows and all interns should make presentations at the university research forum and/or their college’s research event.