The sources and the criteria for the various fellowships and grants are outlined below.
NSE-specific funding opportunities
A. Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Coordinator: Liz Vallen, Dept. of Biology and HHMI Acting Program Director (email@example.com or x8048)
A grant from HHMI provides summer research fellowships for Swarthmore students conducting research in biology and the related sciences. In order to be eligible for HHMI support, applications must clearly describe the biological or biomedical relevance of the proposed project. Students receiving HHMI stipends will conduct full-time research for ten weeks during the summer under the guidance of a faculty member. Approximately ten awards will be made to support such research projects. An additional ten fellowships will be awarded to students that meet the criteria for any of the following categories:
- First-year or second-year students of underrepresented groups. As many as five HHMI fellowships will be awarded to first-year or second-year students who are members of groups that are underrepresented in the sciences and who will work with a Swarthmore faculty member from the NSE Division. This includes minority students and first-generation college students in any NSE department, and women in Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics & Statistics, or Physics & Astronomy. First-year or second-year students who are interested in summer research and believe that they qualify for one of these fellowships should discuss their interests and this funding opportunity with their favorite NSE faculty member(s).
- External/Off-campus research. A limited number of HHMI fellowships will be awarded to support summer research to be conducted at off-campus laboratories. Applications for these stipends should be accompanied by two letters: one from the off-campus researcher who will directly mentor the student's project and one from a Swarthmore faculty member in the NSE Division who knows the student, has reviewed the proposal, and will serve as the on-campus liaison. Please refer to the instructions for including the off-campus mentor's letter that are included in the Submit an Application section above.
B. Additional NSE Fellowships
Coordinator: Aimee Johnson, Department of Mathematics & Statistics and Chair, Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering (firstname.lastname@example.org or x7357)
- Adamson Summer Research
- Bailyn Summer Research
- David Baltimore/Broad Foundation Endowment
- Hannay Summer Research
- Eugene M. Lang Summer Initiative Grant
- Norman Meinkoth Premedical Research Fellowship
- Surdna Summer Research
- Pat Tarble Summer Research
These fellowships support ten weeks of full-time summer research by Swarthmore students in collaboration with a faculty member in any department in the NSE Division. Approximately thirty awards are available. Priority is given to students majoring in the field. Priority is also given to students whose projects clearly reflect prior academic work in the area and the potential for thesis or project work in their senior year and to students who have not received any other Swarthmore College funding for research-related activities.
In two cases--the Baltimore/Broad and the Meinkoth--additional conditions must be met.
The David Baltimore/Broad Foundation Endowment was established in 2007 by a grant from the Broad Foundation at the request of David Baltimore '60. This fellowship is awarded to a student doing summer research in the natural sciences or engineering with a preference given to a student engaging in mentored off-campus laboratory research.
The Norman Meinkoth Premedical Research Fellowship was established in 2004 by Marc E. Weksler '58 and Babette B. Weksler '58 to honor Norman A. Meinkoth's long service as a premedical advisor to students at Swarthmore College, where he was Professor of Biology for thirty-one years and chair of the department for ten years. The grant will be awarded on the basis of scientific merit to a rising junior or senior premedical student to allow the pursuit of laboratory research in the sciences on or off campus.
College-wide funding opportunities targeted toward specific types of projects:
- Class of 1962 Student Summer Fellowship
- Giles K. '72 and Barbara Guss Kemp Student Fellowship
- Lenfest Student Fellowship
- Starfield Student Research Grant
These fellowships offer support, up to a maximum of $4,350, for student projects that meet specific criteria, as described below. They are open to students in all three divisions (Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences and Engineering). The chairs of the three divisions meet to consider the applications and then make recommendations for funding to the Provost.
The Class of 1962 Student Summer Fellowship was established by contributions from class members to provide enriching learning experiences for students by supporting work, study or research during the summer.
The Giles K. '72 and Barbara Kemp Student Fellowship supports internships and research projects with a preference for students whose experiences will be abroad. It was established by Giles and Barbara Kemp in 2005.
The Lenfest Student Fellowship was established to support research fellowships, internships and other summer opportunities for rising juniors or seniors. Garry and Marguerite Lenfest established the fund in 2008.
The Starfield Student Research Endowment supports student summer research fellowships in social justice with a preference for students pursuing research in the areas of health services delivery/health policy and social, demographic, and geographic equity. The fund was established in 2004 by Barbara Starfield '54 and Phoebe Starfield Leboy '57 to honor their parents, Martin and Eva Starfield, educators who instilled a love of learning and social justice in their daughters.
The standard fellowship for a research project lasting ten weeks is $4,350. These research grants and fellowships are intended to allow students to engage in full-time research and to relieve students of the need to seek other employment during the summer. Therefore, a condition of the acceptance of any fellowship is that the student agrees to engage in full-time research for ten weeks and not to pursue other paid work on campus during the summer.
Moreover, a student may not receive more than the equivalent of one full stipend ($4,350) during a single summer from any combination of College sources. This includes scholarship awards and other Swarthmore College fellowship programs, for example, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, Evans Scholars, and the Summer Social Action Award (S2A2). Students who receive financial aid or fellowships from non-Swarthmore sources should also check whether the terms of their awards limit their eligibility for a Swarthmore summer stipend.
Although all students working on NSE projects over the summer are welcome, those students who receive an HHMI fellowship for on-campus work are expected to attend an HHMI-funded summer seminar series, and they are especially encouraged to participate in other HHMI summer initiatives, such as the Science for Kids program.
Furthermore, all students receiving a summer research fellowship (including HHMI fellowships) are required to submit a report at the end of the summer about their research activities. Students should submit their reports to Debbie Thompson in the Office of the Provost no later than September 5.
Students receiving summer research fellowships from any of these sources are expected to cooperate with requests from College offices to participate in surveys designed to assess their research experience