Larson International Fellowship

Purpose

The Larson International Fellowship was established in 1986 by grants to Carleton from Robert '56, John '60, and David Larson '63 in memory of their parents, Frances W. and Eugene Larson. Both Frances and Eugene had a deep interest in Carleton and were champions of international understanding and involvement. Awarded annually, Larson International Fellowships provide a significant international experience for students with strong leadership potential.

Funding

Up to $4,000 for each fellow chosen.

Eligibility

  • Fellowship awards are intended for sophomores and juniors to use during the summer prior to their senior year, or winter break of their senior year.
  • Students studying any discipline are eligible.
  • All applicants must be in good academic standing.
  • While prior foreign experience does not disqualify an applicant, special consideration is given to those who have not traveled abroad.
  • Only students from the United States and Canada may apply for the Larson Fellowship. 
  • Fellowship awards will support activities in all countries of the world except the United States and Canada.

Selection Criteria

Successful Larson International Fellowship all start with a fabulous idea (one that is creative, personally significant, and feasible) which involves travel abroad. Since the primary emphasis of the program is on its international experience rather than its academic aspect, formal study at foreign institutions will not be funded. Field work or research is appropriate, as long as it brings the Fellow into meaningful contract with a culture or society. The best Larson proposals have elements of adventure!

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.

Click here for some examples of projects funded.  Students may view successful proposals in the Office of Student Fellowships, Laird 131.

Application Process

Deadline:  5 PM on Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A complete application packet includes:

  • Online Application, with attached single PDF containing your transcript, resume, etc. (for help with planning the required budget included in the application, click here);  and 
  • Two recommendations, which will be requested from those you name in the application and submitted using the appropriate form below.
  • BE SURE TO ASK recommenders before listing them on the application.

    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.

Recommendations Process

    • The Office of Student Fellowships will forward finalized proposals to the your recommenders.
    • Recommenders should submit the appropriate Online Recommendation Form (below), and are welcome to also attach a letter of support, if they choose.
    • The deadline for recommendations is 5 PM on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

      Recommendation Form - Carleton Faculty and Staff

      Recommendation Form - Non-Carleton Faculty

      IRB

      For research involving human subjects, Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications must be submitted electronically *before the research begins*.  Visit the IRB website to learn more about the process.

      Questions?

      Please contact Marynel Ryan Van Zee, Director of Student Fellowships, Laird 131, x4300.