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Lampert Fellowships in Public Affairs

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About the Fellowship

Lampert fellows design and conduct domestic or international research projects under the mentorship of a Colgate faculty member. Upon returning to Hamilton, students work with faculty to publish their findings in public presentations and in print.

Eligibility

Current Colgate students who will be returning in the coming academic year are eligible. Graduating seniors are not eligible.

What Is in a Fellowship Award?

  • $4,500 stipend
  • Up to $2,000 for travel, room, and board

Fellowship Deliverables

  • Paper of 12,000–15,000 words: Papers should be completed before the start of fall classes, and be of a quality that they might be the foundation of an honors thesis, or later be published.

  • On-campus symposium presentation.
Potential Host Institutions for Lampert Fellows
Colgate University is building partnerships with universities around the world; please click on the link below for an initial list of such universities, with a focus on partners in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. We can help interested Colgate students applying for Lampert Fellowships to connect with contacts at our partner institutions, and help to secure assistance in supporting successful applicants.

POTENTIAL HOST INSTITUTIONS


For more information, interested students should contact Jason Kawall by email, at jkawall@colgate.edu.



Applying for a Fellowship

All materials listed below should be sent in PDF format to Susan Light (slight@colgate.edu)

Deadline: Sunday, February 12, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
Award notifications: Applicants will be notified by March 10, 2017.

To Include in Your Application

Cover letter and project description of your project
This should be no more than 5 pages, including:
  • Your research question and its significance (include a brief survey of the literature)
  • How you plan to approach this question, and why you believe you will be able to provide a cogent response. Explain the experience and training you would require, and any current steps you are taking to become qualified.
  • How the proposed research would contribute to your intellectual development and trajectory.
  • A bibliography
An unofficial transcript
Students can acquire unofficial transcripts via the Colgate Portal. For more, see the registrar's information about unofficial transcripts.
Two letters of recommendation
Preferably from members of Colgate faculty.

These letters should address the importance of the proposed project, its viability, and the applicant’s ability and training to successfully pursue the project. If relevant the letter should also address the language skills of the applicant, cultural or political challenges the applicant might face, and their ability to safely and appropriately pursue the proposed research. Letters should be sent directly by the writers to the Lampert Institute by emailing Susan Light (slight@colgate.edu).
A faculty letter of sponsorship
Please submit a letter of sponsorship from a Colgate faculty member, confirming that they will supervise the proposed research project, assist with its design, and provide on-going advice throughout the process of research and writing up to the point that the final paper is presented. The sponsor is normally one of the persons writing a letter of recommendation. For their supervision throughout this process, faculty sponsors of Lampert Fellows have the choice of receiving either a $1,250 stipend or partial SLA credit.
Potential travel plans
If you believe that travel will significantly advance your research project, you should indicate this in your application. Precise details (dates, modes of travel, etc.) are not needed, but you should provide a clear sense of how this travel would advance your research.
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).

Examples of Past Projects

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