Richter Scholars Research Fellowship

The Richter Scholars Research Fellowship (RSRF) Program enables undergraduate and graduate students in APU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) to pursue independent research projects in conjunction with a faculty sponsor. APU is one of 12 institutions to be awarded funding for a Richter Scholars Program. The RSRF is generously funded by the Paul K. Richter Memorial Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.


Richter Fellows grants are available to full-load graduate (8 hours per semester) or undergraduate (12 hours per semester) CLAS students at APU. When a graduate program does not require 8 hours to qualify as a full load, a faculty sponsor may submit a justification to the review committee in particular circumstances.

Students must complete projects before they graduate; funding is for research that has not yet been conducted. Funds may not be used to reimburse students for already-conducted research projects.

The applicant’s cumulative GPA at Azusa Pacific must be at least 3.0. However, in exceptional cases, a faculty sponsor may submit a justification for an applicant who does not meet the minimum GPA requirement.

Undergraduate students must be an incoming sophomore, junior, or senior to be eligible for the RSRF. Graduate students may apply in any year, but the research should be completed before graduation. Only individual applications will be considered. Students are able to coordinate with another Richter Fellow when appropriate, but the final project must be led by an individual student.

The student is solely responsible for the design and execution of the project. The faculty sponsor will be actively involved in reviewing the student’s Richter Fellows application before approving it and will monitor the student's progress if a scholarship is awarded. However, the project must be student-driven and initiated.


The Paul K. Richter Memorial Fund and the Evalyn E.C. Richter Memorial Fund, administered by the Bank of America, have awarded the funds for this program to Azusa Pacific University. There is no specific limit on the amount of funding per student, but most grants will not exceed $5,000. These grants are specifically for the research project and do not affect other Azusa Pacific University scholarships or financial aid.

Application Key Dates

  • Application Optional Workshop: March 22, 2021
  • Application Due: April 9, 2021
  • Award Notification: Week of April 26, 2021
  • Post-Award Required Session: April 28, 2021, 10:30 a.m.

Richter Scholars Research Fellowship Application (MS Word)

Learn more about research timeline, payment, and project completion.

Note: This information is current for the 2021-22 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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