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. Among activities that might be sought are laboratory, library, museum or archival research; fieldwork; and creating or learning to perform a work of art. 

Fellowships will normally be awarded to juniors for use during the summer between their junior and senior years. In exceptional circumstances, sophomores may be awarded a fellowship to be used during the summer between their sophomore and junior years, or during their junior year.

The Class of 1963 Fellowships may also be held during the academic 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.

Funding: Up to $4,000 per proposal awarded.


  •   Junior priority.  In exceptional circumstances, sophomores may be awarded a fellowship.
  •   Students in any major are eligible.
  •   All applicants must be in good academic standing.

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.  Students may also view successful proposals in Laird 131.

Application Deadline:  5 PM on Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Applicants should submit the following:

* Online Application (with attached single PDF containing transcript, resume, etc).  And,

* RECOMMENDATIONS: Two recommendations are required, and should be submitted using the appropriate FORM below.   NOTE: 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.

Recommendation Form - Carleton Faculty and Staff
Recommendation Form - Non-Carleton Faculty

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.
  • Faculty or staff should submit the Online Recommendation Form, and are welcome to also attach a letter of support, if they choose. 
  • The deadline for faculty recommendations is 5 PM on February 8, 2017.

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 released for approval.

Faculty Adviser: Marynel Ryan Van Zee, Director of Student Fellowships, Laird 131, x4300.