Research Grant Programs
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology has two grant programs for Bowdoin students who plan to pursue a sociological, anthropological, or archaeological research project, attend an academic conference, or participate in a field school program. The purpose of these grants is to provide funding for educational experiences outside the traditional classroom environment. The Sociology and Anthropology Enrichment Grants are intended to cover small projects ($50-$500) that take place during a semester, or during the winter or spring break, and are open to any student taking a course in the department. The Riley Research Awards ($500- $3,200) are intended for major projects occurring over the summer and are only available to declared majors. Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply for Riley awards. The awarded funds may not be used to cover credit-granting components of field schools, or for tuition for summer school or language courses. Nor can students use the awarded funds to subsidize their participation in study-away programs.
Sociology and Anthropology Enrichment Grants
Students enrolled in Sociology and Anthropology courses at Bowdoin are eligible to apply for grants to carry out sociological, anthropological, or archaeological research conducted during the academic year, or to participate in related conferences and programs. Preference will be given to declared majors and minors, then to prospective majors and minors; however all students enrolled in the department’s courses are welcome to apply.
Students can apply for funds to cover travel, off campus food and lodging costs, research expenses (such as copying or digitizing charges), and conference attendance fees. Awards will range from $50 to $500. Individuals are eligible for only one award a semester. Projects must be completed while students are enrolled at the college. If a student receives funding for the project from another source, the student is expected to decline the department’s award unless the other funding supports a different component of the research, conference, or program, or is required to fully fund the project.
Application Package. An application must include the following to be considered for funding:
1. In the case of applications to conduct research projects, a narrative proposal, no more than 500 words in length, should describe:
• the proposed research,
• the goals of the work,
• the significance to the student of the endeavor, and
• the timeline for completion of the project.
In the case of conference proposals, a narrative proposal, no more than 500 words in length, should explain:
• the topic of the conference and any particular session that is relevant,
• the student’s role in the conference,
• the significance to the student of participating in the conference, and
• the dates of the conference.
In the case of educational programs, a narrative proposal, no more than 500 words in length, should describe:
• the focus or purpose of the educational program,
• the work that will be required of the student,
• the program’s affiliation and duration,
• the program faculty member(s) credentials, and
• the significance of the program to the student’s academic program or goals.
2. A detailed budget and budget justification that clearly outline and explain expenses the award is expected to cover.
3. A statement identifying other funding sources to which the student has applied, and other funding sources that have been awarded for the project.
4. A current Bowdoin transcript (print-out from Bearings is fine).
5. Applicants should arrange to have a letter of recommendation written by a faculty member in the department who has worked with the student and is involved in the project, is familiar with the conference, or who has an understanding of the appropriateness of the course of study. The letter should be sent directly to the Department Coordinator by the deadline.
Criteria for selection. Criteria for selection will include the quality of the proposal, the feasibility of the project as described in the narrative, the project’s significance and relevance to the applicant’s academic career at Bowdoin, and the applicant’s academic standing.
Requirements of grant recipients. Students awarded Sociology and Anthropology Enrichment Grants must (1) write a three-page, double-spaced report describing their involvement in the project, conference experience, or academic program. This report must be submitted to the department chair within two weeks of completion of the project. The Chair will distribute the report to all department faculty members. Students who cannot complete outlined work or attend the conference or program should contact the department chair to discuss what portion of the funds should be returned to the department. Students who fail to submit their reports will be expected to return award funds. Failure to handle money and reports appropriately may impact the student’s ability to receive future funding from the college.
Sociology and Anthropology Enrichment Grants are due by 5:00 pm the Friday of the fourth full week of the fall or spring semester. Complete grant applications should be emailed to Lori Brackett, Department Coordinator, Sociology and Anthropology email@example.com. Applicants should list their last name and the grant name in the header of the email (examples: Borup Enrichment Grant Appl) to which application materials are attached. Incomplete applications will not be considered.