Engaged Learning Fellowship

Promotional slide for Engaged Learning Fellowship with headshots and quotes: “With the incredible resources and mentorship, I was able to deepen my compositional practice in several mediums and familiarize myself with new means of sharing my art.” "The Engaged Learning Fellowship has been invaluable in that it opened the pathway to doing what I have always dreamed of--helping others and expanding my understanding of the world." "I've really enjoyed using my project to get closer with my community as well as the relationship it's given me with my mentors!"

Engaged Learning Fellowships (ELF) allow undergraduate students to design and pursue capstone-level projects in research, service, and creative activity. 


ELFs receive

  • up to $2500 to fund their project
  • transcript notation and listing in commencement booklet
  • multiple opportunities to share their work with the public
  • coaching and support from faculty mentors and Office of Engaged Learning staff
  • opportunity to fulfill CC Proficiencies

Who are the ELFs?

ELF Spotlight: Kaytlyn Bunting '24, Anna Butcher '23, and Piper Haley '23 


Our Fellows are SMU undergraduate students pursuing all types of projects, from short films to biochemistry experiments.

 Meet the Fellows

Apply to the ELF

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

  • Fall Decision Deadline: SEP 15*
  • Early Decision Deadline: DEC 15
  • Regular Decision Deadline: FEB 15
  • Summer Decision Deadline: April 15

*For seniors graduating in May, September 15th is your final deadline.

ELFs are selected by a review committee of SMU faculty and staff. Fellows and their faculty mentors are notified approximately one month after the deadline. See How to Apply for further guidelines.

How to Apply