Riley Research Awards

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 ($450 stipend for 4-8 weeks up to a total of $3,600) are intended for major projects occurring over the summer and are only available to declared majors and minors. 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.

Submission Deadlines Riley Research Awards are due by 5:00 pm Friday, April 6, 2018.

Complete grant applications should be emailed to Lori Brackett, Department Coordinator, Sociology and Anthropology Applicants should list their last name and the grant name in the header of the email (examples: Borup Research Award Appl) to which application materials are attached.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Riley Research Awards

Sociology and Anthropology majors and minors who have developed projects of 4-8 weeks duration that take place during the summer months are eligible to apply for a Riley Research Award (which include a weekly stipend of $450).  Additionally, students may request additional research-related funds of up to $500.  Research must take place during the summer months.  Graduating seniors may not apply for these funds. Projects can be conducted on or off-campus. Awards will range from $1,800 to $4,100. Students can apply for funds to cover travel, room and board, field school fees if they are not asking for a transfer of credit, and research expenses. Students carrying out projects of 6 to 8 weeks duration on campus are eligible for subsidized campus housing.  Projects must be completed while individuals are enrolled at the college.

If a student receives full funding for the project from another source, the student is expected to decline the department’s award. If the student receives partial funding from another source, the student will agree to a reduction of the department’s award unless the other funding supports a different component of the project or is necessary for its full funding.

Application Package. Applicants are expected to develop proposals in consultation with a faculty mentor who agrees to supervise or support the project. An application must include the following to be considered for funding:

1. A narrative proposal, no more than 1,000 words (approximately 4 double-spaced word processed pages) in length. The narrative should describe:

• the proposed research,

• the goals of the work or field school,

• the field methods that will be used, or the sources of information that will be analyzed, or any other significant resources that will be consulted,

• the timeline for completion of the project,

• the applicant’s background that prepares him/her to conduct the work, and

• the significance of the endeavor to the student’s academic program.

2. (Optional) A detailed budget and budget justification that clearly outline and explain research expenses. NOTE: A budget is not necessary in all cases. Please submit a budget if you wish to request up to $500 in research-related expense reimbursement.  The budget should be comprehensive, specific, and reasonable.  All costs should be relevant and essential to the project and be justified in the budget narrative.  In general, budgets demonstrating frugality will be more compentative (e.g., shared accommodations, use of public transportation).

3. A statement identifying other funding sources to which the student has applied, and other funding sources that have been awarded for the project. If you expect to request or receive funding from more than one source, make sure to detail what expenses will be covered by the Riley Research Award in distinction to other sources.

4. A current Bowdoin transcript (print-out from Polaris is acceptable).

5. A letter of recommendation from the faculty member who has agreed to supervise or sponsor the project. The recommendation should address the feasibility of the project, the applicant’s preparation, and the importance of the project to the student’s academic career. Faculty should email their letter directly to the Sociology and Anthropology Department Coordinator.

6. A letter of acceptance, or a letter of invitation, from the organization where the applicant will be conducting research. (Only necessary for those applicants who will be participating in a field school or working directly with an organization other than Bowdoin College.)

7. Should an award be granted, recipients using human or animal subjects must show Institutional Review Board approval of the project’s research methods before funds will be released.

Completed applications should be emailed to the Department Coordinator. Included with the electronic application should be (1) the narrative description of the project, (2) the budget and justification, (3) a current Bowdoin transcript, and if necessary (4) a letter of acceptance or invitation from the non-Bowdoin organization involved in the project. (5) A letter of recommendation from the faculty member supervising the research project. The faculty sponsor should send this letter directly to the Department Coordinator by the deadline.

Housing. Students who are in good disciplinary standing with the College are eligible to stay in campus housing during the summer.  If you elect to live in campus housing over the summer, the College will cover the $650 cost and you will not pay rent. (Please note that for some students this benefit may be taxable).  Students who live off-campus, whether by choice or due to their standing with the Office of the Dean of Students, will not receive any support for their housing costs.

Criteria. Awards are made on the basis of the quality and feasibility of the project as described in the narrative section of the proposal, the project’s relevance to the applicant’s course of study and academic goals, the applicant’s preparation to carry out the project, the applicant’s academic record, and the faculty mentor’s recommendation.

Requirements of award recipients. Upon their return to campus award recipients will write a four-page, double-spaced report describing the results of their project. Award recipients will also participate in a department colloquium in which they will discuss their work. Student presentations will run 15 to 20 minutes in length. The department will schedule the colloquium in consultation with the student presenters.

Students who do not complete outlined work should contact the department chair to discuss what portion of the award should be returned. Students who fail to submit a report detailing the work they did, and/or fail to discuss their work in a department colloquium are expected to return their award. Failure to handle money, receipts, and reports appropriately may impact the student’s ability to receive future funding from the college.