Apply for an Emerson Grant

Student/Faculty teams are invited to apply for summer stipends under the Emerson Foundation Scholars Program and associated funds.  Approximately twenty-five grants will be awarded with a $4,000 stipend for students and a $1,500 stipend for faculty members.  Students in the classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021 are eligible to participate.

Some preference will be given to proposals that come from areas of the curriculum where there is little or no other funding for summer work. Proposals for a variety of projects are welcomed for "research or other scholarly or creative collaboration outside the confines of the classroom." It is required that the collaborative research be the primary focus of the student's summer work, the equivalent of a full-time job, typically for ten weeks; pro-rated stipends for projects of shorter duration are possible. All substantive research or creative activity for the project must be completed by August 15. Awardees are selected based upon the quality of the proposal and the collaborative nature of the research project. Other stipulations on the award are that progress reports are generated during and at the end of the project, and that a public presentation, primarily by the student, of the results of the collaboration is made during the 2018-2019 academic year.

If your proposal involves the use of campus studios, labs, or similar facilities, your proposal should include a list of equipment or facilities needed as well as a statement from the faculty member or administrator responsible for that equipment or those facilities. Also, please note that if your proposal is approved and the project involves interviews or other activities with human subjects, you will be required to receive clearance from the Institutional Review Board. If your project involves international travel, you will be required to complete a waiver and purchase a travel health insurance policy.

Students are asked to complete the electronic application and submit a one-to-two page proposal. The collaborating faculty member will also submit a confidential letter of support that evaluates the academic merit of the proposal, assesses the student's preparation for the project, and describes his/her role in the collaboration.

All application materials are due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

The grants will be awarded prior to Spring Break. If you have any questions regarding the proposal, please get in touch with Kelly Walton at 315-859-4615 or kwalton@hamilton.edu.

Application Procedures


The student applicant will have to sign up for an Interfolio account (which can be used any time you need to use Interfolio, free of charge). Click on the "apply now" button, and you will be sent to the Interfolio home page where you will be prompted to either "sign in" or "sign up" for an account.  Click on the "Sign up" button to create a new account (NOT the "sign in through partner institution" link).  Please be sure to use your Hamilton email address when signing-up for an Interfolio account.

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