The R. Craig and Sheila Yoder Applied Research Fellowship supports one student each summer for research with a faculty member and an external mentor.

The Yoder fellowship, administered by the Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, seeks proposals for projects that have as a significant component the application or development of new technologies, products or services with potential for commercialization. The process of researching and evaluating the feasibility of commercialization is required as part of the fellowship. Projects need not be ready to go to market.

The project must be done in collaboration with a Davidson faculty member and an external mentor from a related business, professional, or industry partner. Project proposals are encouraged from across the disciplines, and must be written by the student, in consultation with the faculty member and external mentor.

The fellowship is for 10 weeks of full time work (40 hours per week) during the summer. The student and faculty mentor must spend at least 5 weeks of the fellowship collocated and in close collaboration. While the student and faculty member are collocated, they must meet jointly with the external mentor (in person or virtually) at least once per week. If work at the external mentor’s place of business or another facility is necessary for successful project completion, the student must still meet with one or both mentors at least once per week.

Proposal details and applications are on Handshake

Deadline: January 3, 2020

Eligibility: Davidson first-years, sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply

Funding: $480 per week stipend, $1,200 total for housing, and up to $3,000 for supplies, travel, or necessary professional services

Faculty mentor stipend: $3,000

Apply: On Handshake

Contact: Dr. Laurie Heyer (