Distinguished Summer Research Fellowship (DSRF)

The Distinguished Summer Research Fellowship program was created through generous donations from Boston University College of Engineering Alumni. The first 10 fellowships, named in honor of Dean Kenneth Lutchen, were established in 2010 through a donation by an anonymous alumnus. Since 2015 the program has continued to grow through more donations and now regularly supports 15 or more fellowships each summer. Each fellowship provides students with $11,000 for a summer. This covers housing, living expenses, and research expenses such as supplies, books, and related travel.  These funds do not need to be used during the summer of the fellowship; funds will be available for use on research expenses up to the last day of classes of the senior year, unless fully expended before then.

Distinguished Summer Research Fellows must work full time in the lab of an engineering faculty member for at least 10 weeks and cannot take summer courses. The $11,000 is considered taxable income (please consult with a tax professional).

Students can be awarded a fellowship at the time of admission to Boston University OR may apply when they are sophomores or juniors. The application for current engineering students is available here. The application deadline is February 28, 2022.

Below are videos of recent awardees, outlining the research they completed with the fellowship.

Above: Video profiles students participating in research from summer 2019.


Above: Video profiles of the 2018 Distinguished Summer Research Fellows


Above: Video profiles of the 2017 Distinguished Summer Research Fellows

Click to view archive of Distinguished Summer Research Fellowship projects.