Apply for an Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Students in the Center for Tree ScienceUndergraduate Research Fellowship (CTS-URF) program spend 10 weeks at The Morton Arboretum conducting independent research under the mentorship of our Research Scientists and Research Associates. 


Applying for the Fellowship Program


APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2018 ARE NOW CLOSED. The 2018 program dates are June 11 through August 17. Successful applicants receive a stipend, an opportunity for housing, and a nominal budget for research. Applications are accepted from January 1 through February 23. Please note: This program is only open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Graduating seniors and recent graduates may not apply.

The following application materials should be submitted on the application website:

1. Cover letter (one page maximum), describing:  why you would like to participate in the CTS-URF program; your career goals and how this program will help you meet them; prior research experience (if any); and your mentor and/or research area preference).

2. Curriculum vitae or resume.

In addition, the following application materials should be submitted to

1. Letter of reference should be sent by an instructor or advisor from your academic institution.

2. Official or unofficial transcript from your academic institution.

The Morton Arboretum is a champion of diversity, supporting a culture of inclusion that attracts, inspires, and engages people to achieve success. The Center for Tree Science - Undergraduate Research Fellowship (CTS-URF) is particularly interested in increasing the numbers of women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Services in research.  CTS-URF projects are strongly encouraged to involve students who are members of these groups, as well as first-year and second-year undergraduates who are at earlier stages in their college experience. 

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