The University of Virginia’s Raven Society invites applications for its 2017 Raven Fellowships. The Society established the Raven Fellowships in 1984 to encourage undergraduate and graduate student pursuit of scholarly, intellectual, and creative projects. The Raven Society endeavors to bring together outstanding students, faculty, administrators, and alumni of the various schools of the University so that they may derive the benefits of mutual acquaintance in pursuit of diligent scholarship and intellectual activity beyond the limits of systematic work in the classroom. As such, the Raven Fellowships target innovative research projects that cross disciplines in novel ways. While all applications will be reviewed, special consideration will be given to those projects with an interdisciplinary focus.

The Raven Society will award research fellowships in support of 2017 summer or fall independent research projects. Research may be related to a dissertation or thesis; it is strongly encouraged, however, that proposed projects go above and beyond what is for academic credit. Each fellowship will award up to $2500, and each fellowship recipient will be invited to receive the award at the Raven Society’s annual banquet in April. Applications from undergraduate and graduate students will be given equal consideration. The fellowship is open to all enrolled students at the University of Virginia; applicants need not be members of the Raven Society.

The Raven Society looks forward to reading your application. After the initial review of the applications, there will be one round of interviews conducted by a cross-University fellowship selection committee made up of faculty and students. Fellowship recipients will be expected to submit an abstract of their project to the Raven Society and may present some aspect of the project at an appropriate venue.

The deadline is Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 11:59 PM. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered. All application materials, including letters of reference, should be submitted via e-mail. For further inquiries about the application process, you may consult the posted Frequently Asked Questions document below. Completed applications should be sent to the Raven Society Fellowship Chair, Veronica Mercado, at


Application deadline: February 26, 2017 at 11:59 PM

Fellowship Description/Application Form

Fellowship FAQ