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Class of 1963 Student Research Fellowship

Purpose: Funded by gifts to the College from the Class of 1963, these fellowships enable qualified students to carry out independent research activities in any field taught at Carleton College, or to undertake projects in the creative or performing arts. The fellowships are meant to expand the number and range of opportunities available to students, and to pursue intellectual and creative interests outside the classroom over summer or winter break.

Among the activities for which Class of 1963 Fellowships might be sought are laboratory, library, museum or archival research; fieldwork; and creating or learning to perform a work of art.

Funding: Awards are given annually of up to $4,000 to the fellows chosen. In addition to fellowships held during the summer between a student's junior and senior year, Class of 1963 Fellowships may be held during the academic year (normally during the senior year) to do a project that would qualify for Independent Study credit. In the latter case, the fellowship supports actual costs of the project (rather than living expenses). If the project proposed is to earn academic credit, applicants may only budget for expenses and must also submit a completed "Carleton Independent Study Form" with their proposal.

Eligibility:

  • The fellowship is intended for sophomores or juniors for use during the summer prior to their senior (or junior) year; juniors will have priority over sophomores
  • Students in any major are eligible
  • All applicants must be in good academic standing

Selection Criteria: Class of 1963 Student Research Fellowships will be awarded to qualified students to carry out independent research activities in any field taught at Carleton College or to undertake projects in the creative or performing arts. Among activities that might be sought are laboratory, library, museum or archival research; fieldwork; and creating or learning to perform a work of art.

Successful proposals put students in contact not just with the geography, flora and fauna of a place, but with its people and cultures; do not involve formal study at an academic institution; and are interesting projects, well designed, and feasible. See examples.

Application Process: Applicants should submit the following:

* one double-sided PAPER COPY of their application materials to Karen in the Dean of the College Office, Laird 131; PLUS
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one complete ELECTRONIC copy (a single PDF containing application, transcript, resume, etc), emailed to fellowships@carleton.edu.

Of special note:

Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendations are required for all fellowships.  Using Carleton faculty or staff as recommenders is usually the best choice. Non-Carleton recommenders may disadvantage you as they may not know Carleton and the selection committee does not know them. Use your judgment in this as in all other areas.

IMPORTANT: It is the student's responsibility to ask faculty/staff for letters of recommendation PRIOR to February 1st.

    - Give the recommender a copy of your proposal.
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Faculty or staff should submit the Faculty Staff Recommendation Form, and are welcome to also attach a letter of support, if they choose. Recommendations should be emailed to fellowships@carleton.edu, or mailed to 3-DOC. 
    - The deadline for faculty recommendations is 5 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2014.

* IRB:  For research involving human subjects, Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications should be submitted electronically by the deadline, but need not be approved by then. If selected for a fellowship, IRB applications will then be considered for approval.

Application Deadline:  5 PM on Friday, February 7, 2014

Students may view successful proposals in the Dean of the College Office, Laird 131.

Faculty Adviser: George Shuffelton, Associate Dean of the College, x4300, Laird 131.