Elizabeth Lee Moody Undergraduate Research Fellowship

in the Humanities and the Arts

Elizabeth Lee Moody Undergraduate Research Fellowship in the Humanities and the Arts

The School of Humanities invites humanities majors to join our cohort of fellows dedicated to pursuing critical humanities-based research and innovative creative work. These competitive fellowships offer humanities majors the tools, resources, and opportunities to experience and conduct humanities research in a wide array of disciplinary and interdisciplinary pursuits. Undergraduate fellows receive one summer of funding, a $3,500 summer stipend, to support a research project or internship of their own choosing. The cohort meets monthly with faculty and esteemed guest speakers for presentations, workshops and discussions on all manner of topics related to humanities research, often in relation to the most pressing issues of our time. Students remain fellows throughout their undergraduate education at Rice and benefit from the long-running community this fellowship cultivates.

Goals and benefits:

  • Foster a community of undergraduate students dedicated to pursuing critical and innovative scholarly and creative work in the humanities and the arts at Rice. 
  • Provide at least one summer of funding to pursue research or internship opportunities.
  • Meet monthly for lunch with humanities faculty to engage key questions and debates in the humanities.
  • Offer workshops to provide guidance on addressing and improving written and oral communication and creative-based skills. 
  • Provide opportunities for small-scale exchanges with visiting faculty and eminent humanities-based guest speakers.
  • Support and spotlight humanities-driven exploration and innovation. This research takes on all manner of form, from text-based work to creative and curatorial production.

For an understanding of the breadth of past scholarship, visit the Moody Fellows webpage to understand the rich and varied research pursuits that have garnered support. 


  • Students may draw upon the fellowship funding to support a summer internship they have identified and confirmed or funds may be used to support a research project that students have developed in consultation with a faculty member (the project may be faculty-led or initiated by the student, in-person or remote).
  • Fellows will receive $3,500 in summer funding and are expected to work approximately 200 hours on their research project.
  • Students who engage in a research project are expected to share their findings at a future date in some kind of public forum, in person or online. This could manifest in a variety of forms, including but not limited to, a short talk/presentation, written piece, digital humanities work, curated exhibition or creative work.