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Michigan Community College Summer Research Fellowship


"Explore your Future Career while Discovering the World of Research"


Application Opens: December 1, 2017

Early Decision Deadline: February 9, 2018

Final Deadline: February 16, 2018

Please click here to access the CCSFP Application

The Admissions team will be offering webinar info sessions on January 10th, 17th, 23rd, February 2nd, 5th, 6th & 8th. Please click here to register for a session. We look forward to answering your questions and assisting you in successfully submitting your complete application.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at the University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor offers a 10 week paid Summer Research Fellowship for currently enrolled Sophomore and Junior Michigan community college students who are interested in transferring to UM, Ann Arbor in the future. The fellowship runs from May 29th through August 3rd, 2018.

Research Projects are available in ALL FIELDS including:

  • Social Sciences (Public Policy, Psychology, Political Science, Communication Studies, Social Work, etc.)
  • Humanities and Arts (Architecture, Film, Anthropology, Language, History, etc.)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences (Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, etc.)
  • Health Sciences (Biomedical Studies, Public Health, Epidemiology, Clinical Research, etc.)
  • Natural and Environmental Sciences (Environmental Studies and Policy, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Ecology)

Participating in CCSFP will:

  • Build a close working student-mentor relationships with UM Faculty and research scholars. 
  • Connect with representatives from UM Admissions, Financial Aid, Academic Advising and learn about Transfer Procedures and Strategies. 
  • Gain familiarity with the University of Michigan Campus Resources and Programs.
  • Develop students' Professional and Transferable Skills in their field of Study or major.

The program seeks to attract a diverse student population, including women and historically underrepresented students, first generation college students, students from low-income backgrounds, and veterans.

Main Components of the Program:

  • Once being accepted into the program, the first few weeks, before the fellowship begins, students will receive information about the project search process. Fellows will schedule a time to meet the CCSFP Team and prepare to select a project. The CCSFP Team will help fellows prepare for the meetings with faculty and find a suitable research project for the summer.
  • The first week of the fellowship focuses in training needs. The remaining nine weeks are typically devoted to conducting research work with a faculty research mentor.
  • Every week there will be a required UROP Seminar tentatively scheduled on Tuesdays from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. The remaining hours can be scheduled and coordinated between the fellow and the faculty research mentor.
  • At the end of the fellowship, fellows are required to present their research project at the UROP Summer Research Symposium.


CCSFP Eligibility

Students applying should be one of the following:

  • Applicants must have already graduated from High School (or earned a GED).
  • Applicants must have completed at least 18 credits (or 2 semesters) at the community college level.
  • Applicants must be a currently enrolled student attending a community college in the state of Michigan.

Please note:

  • Students who have already received a bachelor's degree will not be eligible to apply. 
  • Students who have been already admitted to UM-Ann Arbor for Winter 2018 or Fall 2018, are encouraged to contact us directly for the UROP’s Changing Gears Program for incoming transfer students.
  • Note to International Students currently in the U.S.: Because these fellowships come with a stipend, it is important for any F-1 or J-1 status holders to obtain authorization through F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or J-1 Academic Training (AT) to be able to participate. Please consult with your Academic Advisor and International Student Advisor at your home institution to verify CPT/AT eligibility, requirements, and application procedures.

CCSFP Application

Steps to Apply

Please read ALL the information below before beginning your application.  

  1. Complete the Online Application: click here for the application link and follow all the instructions provided.
  2. Required Materials and Information

Personal Statement

The personal statement will be uploaded as part of the Online Application. The personal statement is a (recommended 1,000-2,500 word) essay and is your opportunity to showcase your skills and qualifications pertaining the fellowship and answer the following questions:

a. What are your academic and/or professional career goals?

b. Why do you want to transfer to the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor? 

c. What experiences have you had that would make you stand out as a candidate for the program?

d. As a part of CCSFP you will be joining a network of Research Fellows and Mentors. What type of experiences and skills would you bring to our community?

e. Once admitted to CCSFP, we will help you explore our database of research projects across disciplines. You will apply to projects of interest, receive a research mentor at your new project and begin working. You will also be required to attend weekly seminars with topics ranging from the admissions process to achieving success at the University of Michigan. Additionally, a peer advisor will be assigned to you who is a current transfer student at UM. How will the different components of the program (research, having a mentor, seminars, admissions help, workshops, career exploration, having a peer advisor, meeting other community college students etc.) benefit you?

f. Additionally, the personal statement gives you an opportunity to explain any potential hardships or drawbacks in other areas of your application.

Please note: Please save your Personal Statement as Last Name_ First Name_Personal Statement


A PDF file of your resume will be uploaded as part of the Online Application. 

Please note: Please save your resume as Last Name_First Name_Resume


There are two requirements for submitting transcripts. A scanned copy of all transcripts should be uploaded as part of your Online Application AND original community college transcripts from all previously attended institutions must be sent directly to the UROP Office. Please see below for more information.

1) A merged PDF file of your unofficial copy of all  your  transcripts (in the following order Community College/other institutions, High School/GED certification) should be uploaded as part of the Online Application (transcripts session). This will allow our admissions team to review your application in a timely manner.Please note: Please save your transcripts PDF file as Last Name_First Name_Transcripts


2) You are required to send your official transcripts to the UROP Office via mail. We recommend sending transcripts as early as possible and at least two weeks before the deadline to the address below. All transcripts must arrive to the office by February 23rd, 2017.


1190 Undergraduate Science Building

204 Washtenaw Ave

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2215

Note: Applications without official community college transcripts by the February 23rd deadline will be considered incompleteAll materials must have arrived, including official transcripts, must be received in order to be notified of an admissions decision.  

Two Letters of Recommendation (online system)

To apply for this fellowship, you must obtain at least 2 letters of recommendation. We strongly recommend that letters of recommendation are from faculty members at your current institution who can speak specifically about your capability of doing research in your desired field. For example, if you are hoping to work in the biomedical sciences field, one of your letters should be from a faculty member who can talk specifically about your ability to do such research (e.g. biology professor). Recommendation letters could also be from anyone you have a professional relationship with (graduate student instructor, advisor, supervisor, personal reference, etc.).

The letters of recommendation must be submitted by the reviewers directly to the online recommendation application system. Applicants will be asked to provide the recommender's contact information when completing the online application.

Please note that each recommender will receive an automated email with the instructions to submit their recommendation only once applicants have completed and submitted the online application. Recommenders will be instructed to upload their letter of recommendation in Adobe PDF format. Applicants will receive an automated email when the recommendations are submitted by the reviewers. We give all recommenders a 2 week grace period to submit all letters after the application deadline.

Program Timeline:


December 1, 2017 - Application Opens 


February 9, 2018 - Early Decision Deadline

February 16, 2018 - Final Decision Deadline


March 31, 2018 - Admissions Decisions 


April 3, 2018 - Project Search/Interviewing Process


May 30, 2018 - Orientation 

May - August

May 31st - August 3 - Summer Fellowship 


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CCSFP Contact Information

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CCSFP Compensation

The Summer Fellowship typically begins in late May and ends in early August (actual program dates are updated online). Below are information on research work hours, stipends and housing.

Hours and Stipend:

Research fellows receive a $4,000 stipend for their full-time participation in the program (approximately 400 hours total)


For fellows whose permanent residence is located 50 miles outside of the Ann Arbor Area, an additional housing stipend may be awarded to assist in locating housing on campus based on need.

CCSFP Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is this a paid summer fellowship? 

This is a paid summer fellowship. Students earn a stipend for their research based on the following criteria

  • Full Time (40 hours per week/ 400 hours total): $4,000. Some opportunities may be provided on a part-time basis.

Please Note: Stipends will be prorated for fellows unable to complete the full 400 hours in the time allotted.

Note to International Students currently in the U.S.: Because these fellowships come with a stipend, it is important for any F-1 or J-1 status holders to obtain authorization through F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or J-1 Academic Training (AT) to be able to participate. Please consult with your Academic Advisor and International Student Advisor at your home institution to verify CPT/AT eligibility, requirements, and application procedures. 

2. How long is the summer fellowship?

The summer fellowship is 10 weeks long and runs from Wed., May 30th, 2018 through Fri., August 3rd, 2018.

3. Does the fellowship provide housing on campus or parking?

Housing: No, the fellowship does NOT provide housing on campus, however housing stipends (based on need) are available for fellows whose permanent residence is located 50 miles outside of the Ann Arbor Area.

Parking: Due to parking restrictions, UROP is unable to cover on-campus parking for fellows. However, UROP will work with students to find accessible commuter parking lots and access to free public and university transportation.

4. What fields are available for the summer fellowship?

Research projects are available in ALL fields including:

  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences 
  • Physical Sciences
  • Natural Sciences 
  • Environmental Sciences 

5. Can I switch my field of interest/research project once I get accepted? 

We highly recommend that you stay with your chosen field and the research topic that you initially indicated on your application.

6. Can I ask anyone to write my Two Letters of Recommendation?

We ask that one of your letters of recommendation be from a faculty member at your current institution who can speak specifically about your capability of doing research in your desired field.

7. When is the Recommendation Deadline?

Your recommenders have two weeks after the regular deadline to submit their letter of recommendation.

8. Can I take summer classes and do the summer fellowship?

Yes. However, we STRONGLY discourage you to take summer classes and do research because the summer fellowship and the program require a significant amount of time commitment.

9. Do I receive credit toward my degree at my community college for my summer fellowship? 

No. You will not receive credit toward your graduation requirements at your community college.

10. If I am a dually enrolled High School senior/student at a community college, am I eligible to apply for the summer fellowship?

Yes, but you must have a minimum of 18 credits at your community college and the 18 credits cannot be applied to your high school graduation requirements.

11. If I am a community college transfer student who just got accepted to University of Michigan, or if I am waiting for my acceptance letter from the University of Michigan, am I eligible to apply for the summer fellowship?

Yes, you are eligible to apply for the Michigan Community College Summer Fellowship. 

12. I completed a bachelor’s degree but I am now taking classes at the community college. Do I qualify?

No, students who have already received a bachelor's degree will not be eligible to apply for the Community College Summer Research Fellowship Program.

Student Testimonials

“This experience has helped me become a stronger and better human being. I have grown in my confidence, I am more outgoing, and more willing to believe in myself that I can truly make a difference in the lives of others. Things were tough for me the first month of UROP, but the CCSFP staff (Mai Ze, McKenzie, Justin, and Catalina) gathered around me to let me know I was not alone -- thank you! This made all the difference. “Being a part of CCSFP has confirmed my passions for psychology and working with children. Being in this program this summer has prepared me to attend successfully this fall as a transfer student. If it weren't for this program, and the amazing staff at UROP -- my chances of being successful this fall would be slim, but because of you all and this amazing program -- I know I am right where I am supposed to be!! I am proud to be a Fellow and a Wolverine!! Go Blue!”  –Julia, GRCC, CCSFP Fellow 2016

“My goals remain mostly the same, but this program reaffirmed my belief in myself. I almost didn't apply, because I thought I was such a long shot. I am glad I gave it my best, despite all of the rough circumstances I went through this summer. My experience here this summer just gave me the extra motivation to keep working towards goals, no matter what happens, and to believe in myself.” –Joshua Peters, MCC, CCSFP Fellow 2016

“Prior to this summer and CCSFP I never would have considered coming the University of Michigan. It's not that I didn't want to, it's that I would have never thought that I would be able to because I never saw myself being accepted here. But through the relationships and the accomplishments of this summer I have seriously began to re-evaluate my goals and standards for my life and set them just a little higher.” –Kia, NMC, CCSFP Fellow 2016

"CCSFP has allowed me to fully understand what academia entails beyond just reviewing literature and preparing for exams. In this program, I have learned so much about research and how research is vital in shaping the society we live and understanding it. In particular, my research project has solidified my interest in helping underrepresented communities." –Kai, HFC, CCSFP Fellow 2016

“CCSFP definitely provided me with the research aspect that was missing in my life, just like I'm certain it did with the rest of the students. It allowed me to experience and learn about current/previous scientific discoveries through the evaluation of literature, which is something I only dreamed of doing. In addition to the exposure to the lab atmosphere and the review of scientific literature to learn about current/past research, CCSFP has increased my time management skills, taught me email etiquette, and also expanded my network and allowed me to meet individuals I can definitely rely on.” –Mohamad, HFC, CCSFP Fellow 2016

Please send both your official High School and Community College Transcripts to the following address:


1190 Undergraduate Science Building

204 Washtenaw Ave

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2215