Field School Fellows
As an Upstate Institute Field School Fellow, students are responsible for building relationships in the local community while completing independent research work on innovative projects that provide a community benefit. Through a Field School Fellowship, students strengthen their skills while building the capacity of the community organization with which they are working. The Field School allows students to develop a deeper understanding of the issues facing Upstate New York and a stronger appreciation for what the region has to offer. Responsibilities
Field School Fellows work 35 hours per week for ten weeks, and this work often takes place at the organization’s office, under the supervision of the organization’s staff. The Upstate Institute works with students to coordinate transportation. In addition, students meet weekly with Upstate Institute staff, and participate in an eight-week seminar on not-for-profit management and organization, and on the resources and needs of the Upstate New York region.
Student Application Process
Community organizations propose research projects each January for Field School Fellowships that provide opportunities in a variety of sectors for students in a variety of disciplines. Information about these Field School opportunities will be posted to this website in February of 2016, and students are invited to apply for one or more of these research projects by completing an application form and submitting it to the Upstate Institute.
In the meantime, interested students are encouraged to review the list of projects completed by Field School Fellows in the past below for ideas about the kind of work that is normally conducted during the Summer Field School.
Community Partner Application Process
The Upstate Institute invites local organizations to propose a project for a Field School Fellow to complete this summer. A link to the application is below, as is a link to a letter that describes the application process in greater detail. Because we have made some changes to the process with which community organizations can apply to host a Fellow this year, we encourage all applicants to review this letter carefully.
Please feel free to contact Project Director Julie Dudrick with any questions about this process. As in previous years, our ability to partner with local organizations in the 2016 Upstate Institute Summer Field School is dependent on the availability and skills of Upstate Institute staff, Colgate University faculty, and students. We will do our best to provide resources and support to as many applicants as possible.
Completed applications are due to the Upstate Institute by February 1, 2016, and can be emailed to Project Director Julie Dudrick.
Information for Community Partners
Application for Community Partners