The sources and the criteria for the various fellowships and grants are outlined below:
A. NSE Fellowships
Coordinator: Janet Talvacchia, Department of Mathematics & Statistics and Chair, Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering (firstname.lastname@example.org or x8613)
View the list of opportunities available through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Division.
B. Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Coordinator: Kathleen Siwicki, Dept. of Biology and HHMI Program Director (email@example.com or x8215)
A grant from HHMI provides 10 summer research fellowships for Swarthmore students meet the criteria for any of the following categories:
- First-year or second-year students of underrepresented groups. 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). A limited amount of funding is available for research supplies. To request such funding, faculty sponsors of applicants for HHMI on-campus fellowships must include an itemized budget for research supplies, not to exceed $750.
- Off-campus research. A limited number of HHMI fellowships will be awarded to support summer research to be conducted with scientists who are not Swarthmore faculty members. In addition to a brief (250 word maximum) description of the research project, applications for these awards 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.
C. Fellowship Conditions
The standard fellowship for a research project lasting ten weeks is $4,500. 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 ($4,500) 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.