A mentored summer research experience that will accelerate your professional and personal growth and prepare you for leadership.


FIRE Summer Fellowships enable a research-intensive 8 week summer experience. It is an optional component of the FIRE program and one that enhances a student's FIRE experience by providing them with extra opportunities to develop research and leadership skills during the summer.

FIRE Summer Fellows work closely with their Research Educator and a small group of their peers on advanced research projects for their stream.  Students learn, test, and implement new research methodologies; develop new protocols; and pilot experiments for their stream.

Each of our research streams has a small number of fellows every summer, so selected students get a highly personalized and mentored research experience. 

By the end of the fellowship, FIRE Summer Fellows are naturally positioned to return to their stream in Fall 2020 as research leaders. Fellows also become strong candidates for the 2021 FIRE Peer Mentorship Program.

Due to space, mentorship, and stipend limitations, FIRE Summer Fellowships are limited, and only about twenty percent of all eligible FIRE students become a summer fellow.


​When is the fellowship?

FIRE Summer Fellows commit to 8 weeks of research over the summer.  The fellowship period lasts from June 1 to July 31, 2020.

How many hours per week are required?

Students to commit to either 12 hours per week or 18 hours per week.

Is this a paid research position?

We are not able to offer paid positions to the students who participate in the FIRE Summer Fellows Program each year.

We are able to offer modest stipends for both the 12 and 18 hour weekly commitment options.  Stipends are intended to help defray some costs of participation.

Are all FIRE students eligible to apply?

Yes, any student currently enrolled in FIRE Semester 2 is eligible and encouraged.

Are international students eligible?


Does FIRE provide housing?

We are not able to provide housing.  However, fellow can find on- and off-campus housing resources through UMD's Department of Resident Life and Off-Campus Housing Services, respectively.

Do FIRE Summer Fellows need to be able come to campus during the summer? 

Yes, FIRE Summer Fellows need to be able to come to campus to perform the research engaged and attend professional development seminars. We are not able to offer this program remotely.

Has COVID-19 impacted plans for summer fellowships?

We are working with a number of offices at UMD to actively monitor the ongoing situation.  While no changes to FIRE Summer Fellowships are planned at this time, we will update this web page and communicate with all applicants should our capacity to offer this part of the FIRE experience change.


Applications are available here. Interested FIRE students are encouraged to indicate their interest in becoming a summer fellow to their Research Educator in addition to completing the application.

Students must demonstrate excellent research and leadership potential to be considered. Applicants will also be evaluated based on their demonstrated professionalism, reliability, and communication skills. 

Questions about FIRE Summer Fellowships should be sent to Dr. Ian Page (

University of Maryland

Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost

The First-Year Innovation & Research Experience

Dr. Patrick Killion

Director of Discovery-Based Learning


Tel: 301-405-0057