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 processes, products or services with potential for commercialization. The process of researching and evaluating the feasibility of commercialization is required as part of the fellowship, but there is no requirement to actually go to market with a process, product or service.

The project must be done in collaboration with a Davidson faculty member and a subject matter expert from a related business, professional, or industry partner. Project proposals must be written by the student, in consultation with the faculty member and subject matter expert. 

The fellowship is for 10 weeks of full time work (40 hours per week) during the summer. The student must spend the entirety of the fellowship in close collaboration (in person or remotely) with either the faculty or external mentor (meeting with one or both mentors at least once per week). At least half of the fellowship must be in close collaboration with the faculty mentor. The student and faculty member must meet jointly with the external mentor (in person or virtually) at the outset of the project, and again near the middle and end of the project. 

Proposal details and applications are on Handshake

Deadline: February 1, 2021

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 (laheyer@davidson.edu)