Welcome to the Center for Research and Fellowships (CRF)! Established in 2001, we have connected hundreds of Villanova students, alumni, and faculty to programs of research and scholarship around the world.
Our Mission Statement: CRF is a results-oriented team of professionals that supports Villanovans at all levels—undergraduate, graduate, alumni, and faculty—to enhance their career trajectories through mentoring, research funding, and assistance in winning competitive awards.
We provide support in three areas:
- Nationally Competitive Scholarships and Fellowships: The CRF team assists undergraduates, graduate students, alumni, and faculty with applications to major awards, including the Truman, Goldwater, Udall, Fulbright, Marshall, and Rhodes Scholarships, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the DAAD-RISE international research internships, and National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates, as well as dozens of others. In recent years, CRF has assisted nearly 500 Villanovans to win awards and formal recognition from these and other prestigious programs.
- Student Research: CRF provides financial support for undergraduate research through the Villanova Match Research Program for First-Year Undergraduates and the Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows Program, as well as short-term research, conference, and travel grants. In recent years, over 200 Villanova undergraduates have received CRF funding for research that they have published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and presented at national and international conferences. CRF also assists undergraduates and graduate students alike to find, apply for, and win funding from sources external to the university, such as the National Science Foundation.
- Presidential Scholars Program (PSP): The CRF team is proud to manage all aspects of the PSP, including the nomination, application, and selection processes, as well as mentoring Presidential Scholars throughout their time at Villanova—and after. The Presidential Scholars are a vital community within the larger University family. They are encouraged and expected to be leaders and change agents both here at Villanova and beyond. CRF orients and mentors the Scholars to live up to those high expectations—and they do.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, or if you are a faculty member working with a motivated student, please feel free to stop by our office in Garey Hall 38 or call at 610-519-8803.
Students and alumni can make an appointment with a CRF staff member using Handshake’s Appointments feature. Choose the “CRF Consultation” option and follow the prompts.
We also provide databases of external research opportunities and fellowship opportunities for Villanovans to investigate.