CLP Lambert Fellows Program

A Northwestern fellowship program for undergraduate chemistry majors


Program dates: June 22, 2020 – August 16, 2022
Application due April 15, 2020 by 5:00PM.  Download the Application here


The Lambert Fellowship is the Institute’s most prestigious undergraduate award. It is designed to provide multi-year funding for hands-on laboratory research for rising sophomores and juniors majoring in Chemistry under the mentorship of CLP faculty members. The overall goal of the program is to create a cadre of enthusiastic, well-trained undergraduates who will be entrepreneurial in their approach to research. Fellowships will begin this summer and continue throughout the academic year for a minimum period of two years.

The program places students in a community of dedicated scholars, offering a generous stipend that covers research materials and supplies as well as travel and academic conference fees.  It also includes a mentoring plan that allows Fellows to develop their skills with CLP faculty members, postdoctoral and graduate students who share the same interests.

The Lambert Fellowship was founded in 2010 and endowed in 2016 by CLP Executive Advisory Board Chairman and VP of Research Biology at Genentech Andrew Chan, MD, PhD (Weinberg). The program is named in honor of Dr. Joseph B. Lambert, the Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry.  Lambert was Dr. Chan’s advisor in the late 1970’s at Northwestern and helped him succeed as a student and had a profound impact on his educational experience.  Read more about how the Lambert Fellowship trains the next generation of scientists.

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Applicants must be Northwestern undergraduate chemistry majors. Research must be conducted with a CLP faculty member. Previous lab experience is suggested. Applicants will be selected based upon their academic achievements and scientific interests. We typically fund two students each year.


  • Completed application form. Click here to download the form.
  • A one-page, single-sided proposal describing the research you would conduct if selected for this program. Include title of project centered at top of the page. Use a standard 10 to 12 point font. A second page is allowed for figures and/or references.
  • A letter of recommendation from a CLP faculty member with an appointment in Chemistry.


Those in a lab: Contact your PI at least three weeks in advance of the application due date for her/his assistance with developing a proposal and asking for your letter of recommendation.

Those who are looking to join a lab: Once you have an idea of whose lab you would like to join, reach out to the faculty member to set up a meeting. Plan on doing this at least four weeks before the application due date.  Additionally, Northwestern’s Office for Undergraduate Research has a great website with resources on how to find a lab, develop a project, and working with faculty. 

Projects include work in the following areas:

  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Inorganic Synthesis
  • Spectroscopy
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Theory

Projects can include use of the following facilities:


The summer culminates in a research forum for the Summer Scholars and Lambert Fellows. Each student gives a 15-minute presentation with slides at the completion of the project for the CLP faculty and their research groups.

Click here for more information on our workshops and activities.


Each Fellowship award amounts to $7,000 annually to be expended as follows:

  • $1,000 to the faculty mentor’s laboratory for supplies and materials for academic year research
  • $1,000 for travel to academic conferences
  • $1,000 support for materials and supplies provided to the mentor’s lab for summer research.
  • $4,000 stipend for summer research

Unused funds for travel and supplies must be returned to the institute.


Summer Research Component: Lambert Fellows will engage in full-time research for a 8-week period (between June and end of August) each summer for two years. Students must agree not to take on any other paid work or research grants for any part of the ten week period and must not be enrolled in courses for any part of that period. Each scholar will also work closely with a graduate student or postdoctoral associate mentor. Regular group meetings will give students opportunities to share their progress. Enrichment activities will include special lectures, technical writing and public speaking workshops, and a summer picnic. The funding for the summer research component of the Lambert Fellows program includes $1,000 annually to the mentor’s laboratory to cover project costs and $4,000 stipend to the student to cover living expenses for the individual students as well as for support of the enrichment activities for the group.

Academic Year Research Component: The Lambert Fellows Program will allow students to participate in research independent of the regular curriculum for three quarter-long projects. The Institute will provide $1,000 to the mentor’s laboratory at the beginning of each year of the fellowship to cover research related costs (for example, lab supplies and instrument usage charges, etc.) for each Lambert Scholar. The Fellows will work closely with an Institute faculty mentor to develop their proposed research projects and proposed budget allocations. Graduate student and postdoctoral associate mentors will also work closely with the students.

Conference/Travel Component: Each of the Lambert Fellows will be eligible for up to $1,000 annually for support for participation in scientific conferences and meetings. These travel funds will be administered by CLP and can cover conference registration and travel costs.

Lambert Fellows are required to:

  • Give a 15-minute presentation with slides at the completion of the project at the undergraduate research forum in mid-August.
  • Present a research poster or give an oral presentation at the Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium in April 2020.

Lambert Fellows are highly encouraged to actively participate in:

  • CLP Lunch & Learns
  • CLP-sponsored workshops
  • Institute-sponsored symposia