- Application and Funding Frequently Asked Questions
- Program Guidebook
- Statement of Expectations
- Additional Requirements for Students Funded Through the Academic Divisions
Knowing what to expect for the summer opportunity application and funding process can be helpful to students. The INFORMATION and FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, provides useful information and answers to common questions for this process.
Engaging in a summer research project or other experience is an exciting journey. But, students often have difficulty knowing where to begin. The Summer Funding Opportunities Program Guidebook provides an overview of the program and guidance for students on how to progress through the development of their project and submission of their application. In addition, the Guidebook outlines requirements students must complete as part of their acceptance of a summer fellowship. All students, as part of their application, are expected to review and acknowledge understanding of the guidebook. By accepting a summer fellowship, students agree to abide by the policies outlined by the Guidebook.
Swarthmore College offers a variety of funding opportunities designed to enhance the academic and professional exposure of students. Offered in the form of fellowships or grants, conference funding, or other funded opportunities, these awards are intended to allow students to engage in research, internships, or other projects to further their educational experience. Engaging in these types of co-curricular opportunities is a privilege. With this privilege comes the expectation that students will adhere to the highest standards of integrity, mutual respect, and professionalism before, during, and after their experiences as representatives of Swarthmore College. All awarded students will be asked to sign the College's statement of expectations form which will be offered in the award acceptance process.
So you’ve been awarded - congratulations! But, you’re not done yet. Here are some next steps….
- Accept or decline your award as soon as you can. Access the Award Acceptance Portal using the link in your award email to accept or decline your award, and manage your required award documents, including the waiver form and any required program acceptances from external opportunities.
- Summer Housing: There is a process to apply for summer housing if you have been awarded academic division summer funding. Note that there is a fee for summer housing and your summer funding can be used to pay for this fee.
- Complete additional contingencies associated with your project: Funding will not be released until you complete all aspects of the award process. All requirements must be complete in order for you to receive your funding. Depending upon the nature of your project, additional requirements may include:
- Travel Registry - for any student traveling abroad this summer
- Risk & Compliance - satisfaction of all requirements as defined by the Institutional Review Board/Departmental Review which begins with completing the Risk & Compliance Form in the application process.
- Look for your stipend disbursements: The stipend will be disbursed to you in two payments, one at the beginning of the project period and one at the end of the project period. Prior to the first disbursement of the first payment, you must complete all outstanding requirements associated with your acceptance (you will receive additional notifications about any such requirements). The final disbursement of your stipend will made to you after you submit your final report to the College describing your summer work and findings.
- Expect and reply to project check-ins throughout the summer.
- Submit your final report: As a condition of your acceptance of this research grant, at the end of the summer research period you must provide the College with a final report that describes your summer work and findings. This report is due the first Friday of the Fall Semester and you will receive an email on how to submit this report via the summer opportunity portal. Once submitted, your report will then be sent to the faculty recommender from your application for their review. Your report is retained in the Provost’s Office as part of the record of your award, but a copy may also be forwarded to the donor who helped to make support for your summer project available.