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HERO fellows walking the neighbordhood with local residents


HERO Fellows are awarded a stipend for the eight weeks of full-time research and also receive academic credit during the year. Additionally, HERO Fellows have many opportunities for publications, presentations, honors, and awards, as well as funding for attendance to present their research at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) annual scholarly meeting to an audience of like-minded scholars and professionals.

How to Apply

Based on a competitive application process, each year the HERO program selects a diverse group of undergraduate students to be HERO Fellows. HERO values students who demonstrate energetic and inquisitive minds, and who are fearless when charting new intellectual territory. Previous course work in research methods (Geog 141 or equivalent), and human or environmental geography — such as urban and population studies, GIS, landscape ecology, land-use planning, statistics and remote sensing — is helpful but not required. There is no minimum GPA or required class standing, but evidence of outstanding scholarly and professional potential is essential. Students must also still be enrolled full-time as undergraduates during the fall and spring semesters following the summer program.


Applications for the HERO 2022 Summer Research Program can be found through Clark University’s Centralized Application Portal, which will be open beginning in December 2021.

HERO 2021 will begin on Monday, June 21, 2021, and continue for eight weeks. All students participating in the summer program will also continue in the HERO program for the following academic year (fall 2021-spring 2022) for academic credit.

All applications and materials must be submitted by the deadline. Please view the Award Portal directions [PDF] before beginning and submitting an application for the HERO program. Any questions can be directed as relevant to the contacts noted below.

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