The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has given Bryn Mawr College a grant in honor of Bryn Mawr alumna Hanna Holborn Gray, '50 who served as Chair of the foundation's Board of Trustees. These funds are used to support undergraduate research in the humanities and the humanistic social sciences. Up to 15 students are selected each summer and have the opportunity to spend the summer conducting independent research. Students receive fellowships of $4500 while they do research that can either be the beginning of the senior thesis or a project that stands alone, but is relevant to their intellectual interests.
Rising seniors and juniors with GPA’s of 3.3* or greater are eligible to apply.
(*Students with a GPA below 3.3 may apply but will be required to include in their application an additional statement regarding their academic preparation to undertake their proposed research project.).
Haverford students majoring at Bryn Mawr are eligible to apply.
Students should plan to spend eight to ten weeks this coming summer on their research. While it is expected that some if not all work will be done on campus, Fellows may work elsewhere if the project is best conducted in another location. There will be a three-day workshop in the early summer for all the recipients on the demands of long-term research. Fellows are required to attend unless away from campus for Study Abroad. Weekly meetings to discuss work in progress will be held with graduate student mentors and other Fellows in the cohort for all those working on campus. Students not residing in the area will be expected to participate in on-line discussions. All Fellows are required to have a faculty research advisor but this person need not be on campus during the summer.
The program will conclude with presentations in the fall during which each Fellow will be required to give a brief talk about their research for the campus community.
A student’s overall academic record will be an important consideration in the selection process. A strong application will be one that includes an original and well-defined proposal for research and has strong faculty recommendations.
Applicants who are on campus in the spring semester may be interviewed by the selection committee. The committee will make the selection based on written materials and the interview. In the case of students spending the entire year or the second semester of their junior year abroad or away, interviews are generally conducted by Skype.
PLEASE READ IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW:
** For students proposing projects that involve research on human subjects (this includes any questionnaires, interview, observational data, or any other method by which data is collected from human subjects), please acquaint yourself with the procedures of the Institutional Review Board and discuss with your faculty advisor. To receive the fellowship, fellows must have their projects approved by the IRB (this application and approval takes place over March/April/May prior to the summer of research). This can be a lengthy and involved process, so be sure to begin discussing requirements for the IRB process with your faculty advisor as you develop your application. **
** Research projects may not take place in a country on either the U.S. State Department Warning or Travel Alert lists, or Treasury "embargo" lists (except when an embargo is specifically directed toward a narrow set of individuals or circumstances in a country.) Travel warnings and alerts can be accessed at: www.travel.state.gov. **
Payment Details: This award is treated as a Fellowship. Please see the Payment Procedures page for more information.
Finally, for a summation of one Hanna Holborn Gray Fellow's experience of summer research, please see Hema Surendranathan '14's final reflection report.