HERO: Human-Environment Regional Observatory

HERO Summer Research Fellowship

Summer 2019

Program Timeline
May 20, 2019 - July 12, 2019

The 2019 HERO program will accept continuing current undergraduate Clark students. The summer program will run from Monday, May 20th to Friday, July 12th (Mondays through Fridays), and research will continue throughout the following academic year via weekly meetings, sporadic presentations, and thesis composition (students enroll in a directed research credit for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020).

Click here to view our latest program brochure (2019)


HERO Fellows are awarded a $3500 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 semester following the summer program.


Applications for the 2019 summer program can be found at the below link (via Qualtrics). All application materials must be submitted by Monday, February 25th 2019.
Students must complete the online application, including the names of two Clark faculty members as references, a copy of an unofficial academic transcript, and a personal statement essay (3 pages maximum) for submission.

All application materials must be submitted by 5pm EST on Monday February 25th, 2019.

CLICK HERE to apply for HERO 2019



Qualtrics Link: Click here to apply (or click button above)

If you have questions about applying to HERO, contact:

Rachel Levitt
Program Administrator, Graduate School of Geography
Administrative Assistant to Director & Assoc. Director HERO

Dr. John Rogan
Professor of Geography
Director, HERO Program

Clark University Graduate School of Geography
950 Main Street | Worcester, MA 01610