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Summer 2016 All College Thesis Fellowships

Deadline for completed application: March 15, 2016

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University provide funding for up to five summer research fellowships for All College Thesis students to complete most of their thesis in the summer before their senior year. We hope to fund projects in each of the academic divisions: Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. The distribution will depend on the quality of the proposals. Excellence will be the first priority.

All College Thesis Fellows are expected to devote themselves full-time to their work for ten weeks. The stipends should be at least $5,228 for a ten-week period covering 400 hours of work. This amount includes a pay rate of approximately $9.34 per hour, with an additional room/board supplement to offset the cost of living and eating on campus.

Thesis Fellows who conduct research away from campus do not receive the room/board supplement. Fellows are expected to reside at CSB/SJU or in the vicinity unless the nature of their project compels them to work elsewhere. Applicants who wish to work away from campus should note this detail and explain the necessity for working elsewhere in their electronic cover letter.

Application Requirements

  1. An electronic All College Thesis Proposal must be received by Emily Esch ([email protected]) and Mary Tamm ([email protected]) by noon on March 15, 2016 (you do not need physical signatures on the electronic proposal). Your Thesis Proposal should include a narrative description of the project, a bibliography, and statement of the value of the project to your discipline. Please keep in mind that you must make a strong case for your project. The bar for funding is understandably higher than the bar for sheer approval of the Thesis Proposal.
  2. Your e-mail should contain a cover letter that makes your case for why CSB/SJU should invest so significantly in your project with this summer fellowship. The Thesis Proposal addresses the academic content of your project. The cover letter should address anything else that helps you make your case—your background, your motivations, your academic record, your accomplishments, your abilities, the importance of your project to you and to the academic community.
  3. A dissemination plan must accompany the proposal. This plan should outline how the project will be presented to an audience beyond the CSB/SJU community. This dissemination may take various forms—e.g., submission for publication in a journal, presentation at a national or regional conference, submission for publication in a regional or national creative publication, or participation in a juried competition.
  4. A recommendation (via e-mail to Mary Tamm and Emily Esch) from your project advisor should be sent separately from the proposal and dissemination plan. This recommendation should address the quality of the proposal, the feasibility of the dissemination plan, and the advisor’s willingness to advise you during the summer.

Criteria

Proposals will be judged on the quality of the project, the feasibility of the dissemination plan, and the promise of success. A wonderful dissemination plan with a weak proposal will not be successful. A wonderful project without a sensible dissemination plan will not be successful. Dissemination plans that aim at a wider audience will receive preference over ones that aim for a smaller one. The dissemination plan should be a good-faith attempt to share one’s work with an audience beyond the CSB/SJU community.

Decisions on fellowships will be made by March 31 and all applicants will be notified by e-mail. If you have questions, please contact the Honors Director, Emily Esch.