Engaged Learning Fellowship

The Engaged Learning Fellowship (ELF) allows undergraduate students to design and pursue capstone-level projects in research, creative activity, and civic engagement.

ELFs receive:

  • up to $2000 to fund their project
  • transcript and commencement booklet notifications
  • multiple opportunities to share their work with the public
  • support from faculty mentors and Office of Engaged Learning staff

Who's it for?

  • Students ready to design and pursue their own projects
  • Typically second or third-year students
  • Many work with a faculty mentor as a URA first

Want to see what previous ELFs have done? Click here to see their projects.

Application Cycles

Applications are reviewed during the following time periods. Applications received after these deadlines will be considered for the following cycle.

Senior Projects Deadline SEP 15
Early Decision Deadline DEC 15
Regular Decision Deadline FEB 15
ELFs are selected by a review committee of SMU faculty and staff. See How to Apply for further guidelines. 


Congratulations to our 2020 Excellence in Mentoring winners: Kathleen Gallagher and John Wise!

Summer Symposium

The Office of Engaged Learning hosts a weekly lecture series each summer. See the full calendar on the Undergraduate Research page.

Fall Symposium

October 28, 2020, 4-6pm

The Fall Symposium is the venue for students from Engaged Learning, Undergraduate Research, the University Honors Program and the Maguire Center Public Service Fellowship programs to present their work to the campus community. Details coming soon!

Research Days

March 23, 2021, Mack Ballroom

ELFs are invited to present their research posters and demos during the Undergraduate poster session. The top posters are eligible to compete for prizes in the Graduate poster session.

ELF Graduation Luncheon

May 13, 2021: 11:30 am - 1 pm, Mack Ballroom

The Graduation Luncheon is a celebration of Engaged Learning's seniors who have successfully participated in one of the Engaged Learning programs. Student's families, mentors, and host organizations are all invited.

ELF Calendar 2020-21

Sep 15 Engaged Learning Fellowship Application Deadline (Senior Cycle)
Dec 15 Engaged Learning Fellowship Application Deadline (Early Decision)
FEB 15 Engaged Learning Fellowship Application Deadline (Regular Decision)
May 1  Graduating ELFs - Final Product & all receipts Due!
May  ELF Graduation Luncheon