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Summer Research Fellows

The Levitt Research Fellows Program is open to Hamilton students who wish to spend the summer researching a public affairs question of their choosing. Students from any academic concentration are welcome to apply. The Levitt Council gives preference to rising juniors and seniors.

Kaygon Finakin '19
Kaygon Finakin ’19, a 2017 summer research fellow, talks with Associate Professor of Africana Studies Nigel Westmaas about her project “The Role of International Institutions in the Continued Oppression, Exploitation, and Underdevelopment of Various Caribbean Countries.”

Summer Research Fellows collaborate closely with a faculty adviser, work on a full-time basis for ten weeks, submit a 25-page paper or equivalent final product, and present their research in the fall or spring.

There are two deadlines, which will be announced in early January: a pre-application deadline and a regular application deadline. As part of the pre-application process, students will need to submit the topic for their summer research and provide the Levitt Center with the name of the faculty member who has agreed to act as the advisor. Once the Levitt Center has received the pre-application, we will contact advisors to provide them with information on what the Levitt Council is looking for in students’ research proposals and applications. Students are strongly encouraged to work closely with their advisor to ensure their proposals are well thought out, manageable and focused. The Levitt Center will not accept any regular applications from students who do not meet the pre-application deadline.

Students selected for the program will receive a $4,000 summer stipend. Faculty advisors receive a $1,500 stipend for advising one fellow and $1,000 each for the second or third student they advise.

Learn about Levitt Summer Research Fellows’ projects

Summer Research Groups

The Levitt Research Group Grants support groups of students that complete summer research projects under the supervision of at least one faculty advisor. The grants are intended to encourage faculty and student publications. Student and faculty members from all divisions in the college are encouraged to apply.

Fieldwork or original analysis of existing data is generally required, with preference given to teams doing research in the local community. Projects that will be useful for policy makers and other researchers are also encouraged. Students in research groups and their faculty advisors meet face-to-face regularly to coordinate and communicate research efforts. They also participate in a weekly gathering with other research groups.

Each student works on a full-time basis for at least ten weeks, submits a 25-page paper (or equivalent final product) and presents their research in the fall or spring.

Deadline for applications is mid-February. Stipends: $4,000 for the student and $1,500-$4000 for faculty members depending on the number of students supervised: $1,500 for the first student, $1,000 each for a second or third student, and $500 for a fourth student, up to a maximum stipend of $4,000.

Find out about the topics and issues Levitt Summer Research Groups have studied here.



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Levitt Center

Contact Name

Christina Willemsen

Administrative Director

Office Location
Kirner-Johnson 251

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