This list of summer research opportunities is available through the Humanities Division. The maximum award for all opportunities is $4,500 (unless otherwise indicated) and questions about these grants can be directed to either your faculty advisor, the coordinator (if listed), or the Humanities Division Chair - Nathalie Anderson (email@example.com or call x8141).
Eugene M. Lang Summer Initiative Grant
Priority is given to research-oriented proposals; projects involving faculty course development are not supported. Internships and other student-initiated projects are sometimes awarded less than the maximum amount.
Proposals submitted by juniors are given priority, but sophomores are encouraged to apply. Priority will also be 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 funding for research-related activities.
Monroe C. Beardsley Research Fellowship and Internship
The Monroe C. Beardsley Research Fellowship and Internship was established to support students by providing grants to encourage and facilitate research, original scholarship, and professional development in the areas of art, classics (literature), English literature, modern languages and literature, music and dance, philosophy, religion, and theater.
Anne and Alexander Faber Travel Fund
The Division of the Humanities invites student applications for a grant from the Anne and Alexander Faber Travel Fund. A grant in the amount of $2000 will be awarded for travel to countries outside the United States and Canada. A candidate must be a student majoring in the Humanities (defined as Art, Classics (Literature), English Literature, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music and Dance, Philosophy and Religion). Preference will be given to current juniors for travel in the summer before senior year. Financial need and the degree to which the travel will contribute to a meaningful plan of study will be considered. Selection will be by the Humanities Division Chair and the Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures, making a recommendation to the Provost.
Interested students should submit a letter 1) detailing the proposed travel and its relevance to the plan of study in the major; 2) providing a budget and identifying other funding sources; and 3) a letter of recommendation from one Swarthmore faculty member whom the student has consulted.
William J. Carter '47 Grant for Summer Research or Internship
Coordinator: Professor Tariq al-Jamil, Religion (e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org or call x8054)
Students may apply for support for a summer research project or an internship in keeping with William J. Carter's goal of "encouraging and promoting understanding, harmony, and respect among the various religions of the world." Proposals from students working independently as well as faculty-student collaborative research proposals are eligible for support. Interested students should apply with a letter detailing a proposed project, including estimated costs and a timetable outlining when the work would be done. A letter of recommendation from one faculty member with whom the student has consulted is required. If the opportunity is in the form of an internship, a letter from the sponsoring agency or institution must be included with the Swarthmore faculty letter of recommendation. Priority will be given to majors and minors in Religion and to students whose projects clearly reflect prior academic work in the area.
The Religion Department will review the applications and make a recommendation for funding to the Provost.
Genevieve Ching-Wen Lee Grant
Maximum Award: $600
The family and friends of Genevieve Ching-Wen Lee '96 have established a fund in her memory to assist students working on projects in Asian American studies. One grant of $600 will be awarded. Recipients will be selected by the Chairs of the Divisions of the Humanities and of the Social Sciences.
Interested students should apply with a letter detailing a proposed project, including estimated costs and a timetable regarding when the work would be done.
The Class of 1962 Student Summer Fellowship
The Class of 1962 Student Summer Fellowship was established in 2012 by contributions from class members, on the occasion of their 50th Reunion celebration. The fund is intended to provide enriching learning experiences for students by supporting work, study or research during the summer.
Deborah A. DeMott '70 Student Research and Internship
The Deborah A. DeMott' 70 Student Research and Internship was established to support a research project or internship for rising juniors or seniors.
Haskin Fernald Student Summer Fellowship
The Haskin Fernald Student Summer Fellowship was established in 2007 by Guy Haskin Fernald '94 and Lia Haskin Fernald '94 and is intended to broaden and enrich the experience of a student by supporting a work or study experience dealing with public health issues of global significance, within a public or non-profit setting, in a lower or middle-income country. A student who has identified an opportunity to do research or volunteer work abroad can submit a proposal for support for travel and/or living expenses.
David E. Fisher '79 - Arthur S. Gabinet '79 Summer Internship
Andrew H. Schwartz '79 and his wife, Dagmar Schwartz, endowed this Internship to honor Andrew's friends and classmates, David E. Fisher '79 and Arthur S. Gabinet '79. Dr. Fisher was not only an exceptional student in the field of biology who became a leading physician and cancer researcher, he was also an outstanding musician, studying and performing as a cellist at the Curtis Institute while a full time student at Swarthmore. Mr. Gabinet, an Honors student of philosophy and literature at Swarthmore, resigned his partnership at an international law firm to become a public servant, leading a field office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In tribute to these two close friends, Andrew and Dagmar Schwartz created this Internship support to students working in life sciences or public service who exemplify Dr. Fisher's and Mr. Gabinet's values, pursuing studies out of love of learning and devotion to the improvement of the human condition.
Giles K. '72 and Barbara Guss Kemp Student Fellowship
Giles and Barbara Kemp established the Giles K. '72 and Barbara Kemp Student Fellowship in 2005. The fund supports internships and research projects with a preference for students whose experiences will be abroad.
Interdisciplinary Biology Fellowship
The Interdisciplinary Biology Fellowship has a goal to provide enriching learning experiences with a preference for students performing interdisciplinary work that integrates subjects of research methods from biology with those of other natural sciences, social sciences, or humanities.
Islamic Studies Summer Fellowship
Coordinator: Professor Tariq al-Jamil, Religion (e-mail - email@example.com or call x8054)
The Islamic Studies Summer Fellowship was established in 2015 by Inger Larsen '88' and is intended to provide enriching summer research fellowships and/or internships for Swarthmore students in the area of Islamic Studies. These fellowships will be administered by the Provost's Office in consultation with the Islamic Studies Program Coordinator.
Japanese Summer Language Fellowship
Coordinator: Professor Joanna Sturiano, Modern Languages and Literatures (e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Japanese Summer Language Fellowship provides opportunities for students to study at intensive summer language programs recommended by the Japanese Section of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department. A letter of reference from a Japanese language teacher should be submitted with the application.
Lenfest Student Fellowship
Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest established the Lenfest Student Fellowship in 2008 to support research fellowships, internships and other summer opportunities for rising juniors or seniors.
The Arthur S. Obermayer '52 International Summer Internship
The Arthur S. Obermayer '52 International Summer Internship was established in 2005 and is intended to broaden and enrich the experience of a Swarthmore student. The grant shall be awarded with preference to a domestic student who is studying in a major that may not inherently offer an international opportunity.
A student who has identified an opportunity for an internship, to conduct research, or to volunteer abroad can submit a proposal for support for travel and living expenses associated with the opportunity, up to a maximum of $4350. The application should include a description of the proposed project or activity including where it will be carried out and how it will contribute to the applicant's program and enrich his/her Swarthmore experience. If the opportunity is in the form of an internship, a letter from the sponsoring agency or institution should be included with the application.
Starfield Student Research Grant
Barbara Starfield '54 and Phoebe Starfield Leboy '57 established the Starfield Student Research Endowment in 2004. This award 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. Dr. Starfield and Dr. Leboy established the fellowship to honor their parents, Martin and Eva Starfield, educators who instilled a love of learning and social justice in their daughters.
Project Japan Summer Research Fellowship
Coordinator: Professor Joanna Sturiano, Modern Languages & Literatures (e-mail - email@example.com)
The Project Japan Fund will support one student during the summer months to conduct research in Japan- specifically exploring contemporary issues that challenge Japan and seeking possible ways to address those issues, potentially drawing upon American experience. Students must have some mastery of the Japanese language and requisite coursework preparation to conduct their research.
Interested students should apply with a letter detailing the aims of the project and the plan of work the student proposes to engage in. In addition, applicants should describe their previous coursework that is relevant to the project, explain how the project relates to their ongoing academic program, and identify a faculty advisor for their project. The letter should also include a timetable outlining when the work would be done.
The selection committee will also consider proposals for summer language study or other academic study in Japan, if combined with a community service project, a social research project, or other engagement with social issues. Applications for summer study support should propose a community service project in conjunction with their study, or outline the potential for community involvement or research into social issues in their target study program, and discuss how their summer study relates to their ongoing academic program and future goals.
Penelope Mason Summer Research Grant
Coordinator: Professor Steven Hopkins, Modern Languages and Literatures (e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Penelope Mason '57 Memorial Fund was established to support student and faculty projects in Asian Studies. Students may apply for support for summer research projects in Asian Studies, as well as intensive summer language study in Asian languages contributing to the student's continuing course of studies, including but not limited to Asian Studies majors. Interested students should apply with a letter detailing a proposed project, including estimated costs and a timetable outlining when the work would be done. Students planning intensive language study should detail how their summer language program supports their course of studies at Swarthmore. A letter of recommendation from one faculty member whom the student has consulted should also be included. Applications from all three divisions of the college will be considered.
The Asian Studies committee will review the applications and make a recommendation for funding to the Provost.