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Richter Scholarship Program

The Richter Scholar awards are the largest single awards on campus for the purpose of independent study. Students are encouraged to pursue enriching, broadening projects that have the promise of being life-changing. To enrich the independent study experience, each student is required to have a faculty mentor for his or her project. Copies of research reports and papers developed under the auspices of the Richter Scholars Program shall upon request be forwarded to the Trustee for the Richter Funds. All publications resulting from the Richter Scholar Program shall acknowledge the sponsorship of the Richter Memorial Funds.

Scholarship recipients are also eligible to apply for additional funds to cover extraordinary expenses of their research as well as to travel to present their results at scholarly meetings. Scholarship recipients may apply for this support, as needed, in a memorandum to the appropriate dean.

If awarded, a Richter Scholarship:

  • Provides up to $6000 to cover travel and living expenses.  Students must develop a budget as part of their application.

Important details to consider:

  • Student applying for the Richter Scholars Program must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Applications require mentorship from a Wake Forest University faculty mentor during the development of the project.
  • The Scholarship program is NOT meant to support classic “study abroad” programs.  No tuitions or fees to other institutions may be made with Richter funds.  Neither does the mechanism support equipment costs.
  • Applications are due February 12th, 2016.

Download Application here: 2016 Richter Fellowship Application

Completed proposals should be submitted via Sakai site Drop Box at Richter 2016

Letters of recommendation from Wake Forest University faculty should be emailed directly to Dr. Helga Welsh (

Review of proposals will begin on February 15, 2016.

Note: When preparing your application, consider carefully the safety of your destination! Consult the list of countries for which the US State Department has issued travel advisories. If your country is on this list, you must petition the Overseas Crisis Management Team to travel to this country, and you might want to have a backup plan!

Criteria for Selection
A committee of faculty and administrators will review applications and select the scholarship recipients. Scholars will be selected based on the following criteria: feasibility of the project, contribution of the project to the overall education and enrichment of the student, commitment of the student and faculty advisor to the project, and the student’s demonstrated ability to initiate and sustain creative activities and research. While there is no absolute grade point criterion, successful applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students must be in good standing with the University. Both the project and the final report must be completed before graduation.

While the Richter Program encourages student to pursue international projects, proposals that focus on “touring”, rather than exploring a topic in-depth, will receive lower priority as will enrollment in a standard course of program. Individually conceived and executed projects are encouraged. Richter Scholars may receive credit toward honors projects and/or individual study projects supported by their Richter grant but Richter funding shall not be applied toward course tuition or course fees for which a student receives credit. The duration of your project normally ranges from 3-6 weeks.

Please avoid making surveys or using human subjects as a centerpiece for your proposal. Most applicants do not have the necessary experience or linguistic tools to carry out such projects. If you want an exception to this policy, see Dr. Helga Welsh, committee chair in advance of your submission.  Please be advised that if a student’s research involves human subjects, the student and mentor must contact Ms. Pam Moser ( to determine whether IRB approval is needed.

For additional information contact Dr. Helga Welsh (, x5452) or Dr. Rebecca Alexander (, x5568).