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Applying for Student-initiated Summer Fellowships

Students interested in conducting academic research or creative projects on a self-selected topic may qualify for funding from the university.

Student-Faculty Collaboration

Professor Galvez and a student collaborate on a research projectStudent-initiated fellowships envision research or creative projects supervised by faculty members, but proposed by students.

A student wishing to pursue a self-inspired project should identify and consult with a Colgate faculty member to receive guidance and a commitment from the faculty member to serve as a formal adviser throughout the project. The project does not need to be related to the faculty member's own research or specific area of scholarly or artistic interest.

The student and faculty member will then collaborate on an application for funding, found below.

Important deadlines:

Stage Deadline
Student submits proposal to Division Director, including support letter from faculty mentor.
March 6, 2018
Awards to students are announced
March 23, 2018
Students accept position
March 29, 2018
Hard copy of final arrangements mailed to students
April 5, 2018
Summer housing


Students who receive funding will be compensated at $450 per week.

Notes and Restrictions

  • Graduating seniors are not eligible for student-initiated fellowships.
  • At the project's conclusion, students must submit an abstract highlighting the project's accomplishments, written for a non-specialist, to the Center for Learning, Teaching, and Research. This abstract will be included in the Directory of Summer Research.

Human and Animal Subjects

Research projects that will be using human or animal subjects are subject to review, rules, and guidelines from Colgate's Institutional Review Board (human participants), and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (animal participants).


This type of funding envisions projects supervised by faculty mentors but proposed by students. Projects do not need to be related to the faculty member’s research or specific area of scholarly or artistic interest, but the faculty mentor must agree to supervise the student for the duration of the project. Students apply for funding in consultation with faculty mentors.
Online form including 3-5 page narrative
Before beginning the form, you will need to determine the proposed start and end date for your research through conversation with your proposed faculty mentor. 

Please consult with your faculty mentor when preparing your proposal. The narrative must follow these guidelines and be written for a single project and include the title for that project:
  1. Written for a non-specialist. 
  2. Clearly identify the question to be addressed by the research project, and its significance. 
  3. Specifically and concretely describe the sources, experimental plan, approaches, or methodology that will be used, and how they will address the research question. 
  4. Describe any alternative approaches or experimental plans, if applicable. 
  5. Where applicable, appropriate references must be included. 
  6. Include a timeline of anticipated tasks.

Faculty statement
Included with your application you must submit a letter of support by your faculty mentor. The letter should address the following points:
  • The significance of the proposed work
  • The quality of work that may be expected from the student
  • The plan for consultation and supervision, given the student’s needs and ability to work independently
This statement must be submitted to the faculty mentors division director by the listed deadline.
Faculty will be accessing student transcripts through Degree Works as part of the evaluation process.

The timeline for this type of funding is listed in the table above. Division directors will collate proposals and circulate them to all chairs, allowing them at least a week to review department members’ and other proposals under consideration.


Contact Information

Questions regarding the summer fellowship application process and funding opportunities may be directed to:

Karyn Belanger, Director of Undergraduate Research