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Summer Research Fellowships

Deadline to apply is Friday, February 15, 2019. 

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Summer Fellowships provide support for masters and doctoral students who wish to devote the summer to the preparation of proposals to apply for prestigious fellowships, articles for publication and conference papers. In disseminating these awards, the highest priority will be given to summer projects designed to prepare a student to apply for prestigious fellowships, and secondly to improve a student’s professional credentials (beyond the normal expectation of the program).

Summer Fellowship recipients will be expected to present papers at the Annual GSAS Student Research Weekend the following year. Masters students who anticipate graduating before the following spring (e.g. February graduates) should plan to return to campus for the event.

Award Information
For updated stipend rates, please see Stipends and Scholarships.

Eligibility
Doctoral students and masters students in good standing with satisfactory academic progress according to the guidelines established by GSAS and who will have completed at least two semesters of full-time graduate study (minimum of 18 credits) in the GSAS by the time the Fellowship begins are eligible to apply for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Summer Fellowship. Recipients must devote full-time work to the proposed project during the summer. Special consideration will be given to students with financial aid eligibility as demonstrated by FAFSA.

Application Instructions

  1. Prepare your curriculum vitae and your project narrative with bibliography: Files should be submitted electronically as PDF files by attaching them with the online application form, and should begin with the student's name followed by CV, Narrative, Rec., Doc., Budget, Travel or Dissertation Application (e.g. Smith_CV_Travel14F)
  2. Ask for a Mentor’s or Advisor’s letter of recommendation (via email): Please ask your mentor or adviser to discuss how this summer fellowship will enhance your professional socialization. The student should arrange for the mentor or adviser to submit a letter of recommendation electronically directly to the Department or Program by the deadline date.
  3. Fill out the online application form and attach your curriculum vitae and your project narrative.

Project Narrative
The narrative should not exceed four double-spaced pages (minimum 12 pt. font). It should explain the objectives, methods and original contribution of the project in succinct, jargon-free language. (Remember that your proposal will be reviewed by faculty members outside of your disciplinary area.)

For the Humanities, the following questions and directives adapted from a National Endowment for the Humanities document may be useful to prepare the project narrative:

What are the basic ideas, problems, or questions examined by the study? Explain the planned approach or line of thought. If the area is a new area of research, explain the reasons for working in it.

  • What will be accomplished during the award period? Supply a brief work plan.
  • How will the project complement, challenge, or expand relevant studies in the field? Explain what makes the study distinctive.
  • What contribution will the project make?
  • What is your competence in the languages or specific technical skills needed for the study (if any)
  • Where will you conduct the study and what materials will you use? Describe access to laboratories, archives, collections, or institutions with the necessary resources.
  • Who is the intended audience for the results of the study?
  • What are the intended results of the project? Indicate plans for articles, conference papers, books, etc.

For the Sciences and Social Sciences, the following research plan outline is appropriate:

  • Abstract Paragraph
  • Specific Aims (What do you intend to accomplish?) Specifically describe what you will accomplish during the Fellowship period, and relate this to Aims of the broader project. Please be focused and clear and include the intended outcomes. (Remember that Summer Fellowship recipients will be expected to present papers at the Annual GSAS Student Research Weekend the following year.)
  • Background and Significance (Why is this work important to the field?)
  • Define the problem. Explain what gaps in current knowledge would be filled by your research. Describe explicitly your hypothesis and how it will be tested. Relate this section to the Specific Aims.
  • Research Design and Methods (How are you going to do the work?)
  • Define your approach. Describe experimental design and procedures to be used to accomplish the Specific Aims. Be succinct, but present enough detail to show that you are capable of handling the methodology.
  • Timetable
  • References or Bibliography

Review and Selection Process
The members of the Distinguished Fellowships Committee will read each application and will make its recommendations to the Dean. Applicants will receive notification through mail and email approving or denying their applications approximately two months after the application deadline (see your department for deadline).

Please Note: Due to limited summer funding, students who have received summer fellowships in the past will be given lower priorities.

Follow-Up
All fellowship recipients must submit any achievements as a result of receiving the grant within 30 days of completion of the project proposed in the application.