Frequently Asked Questions

How long does my fellowship period last?

Students opt to carry out 8, 9, or 10 weeks of research. Please discuss with your faculty mentor what the appropriate number of weeks for your project should be before submitting a phase two application. Students should discuss with their faculty mentors what would be the appropriate duration of their fellowship and consider their own research goals and availability as well as their faculty mentors’ availability when making this decision.  Selected fellows are expected to commit full-time effort to their research project and faculty mentors must approve the duration of the fellowship period.

Every institutional fellowship offers $400 a week, therefore an 8-week fellowship carries an award of $3,200, a 9-week fellowship carries an award of $3,600, and a 10-week fellowship carries an award of $4,000. 

If I receive a fellowship, can I take additional summer work?

No, by accepting a fellowship you agree to commit 8, 9, or 10 weeks of full-time effort during the summer towards the completion of your proposed project and should refrain from employment during the period of your appointment. 

If I receive an institutional research fellowship, can I also accept another Bowdoin-funded opportunity such as a Funded Internship or Community Matters in Maine Fellowship?

When a student is offered an institutional fellowship, s/he will be asked whether s/he plans to accept any additional College-funded opportunities. 

College policy states that a student may receive a maximum of ten weeks of support from the College per summer.  Therefore, if both awards offer institutional support, the relevant offices will work together to maximize the student’s summer experience while adhering to the College’s ten-week policy.  

Research Related Expenses.  College policy prohibits the same expense being covered twice by two different funds.  If both awards reimburse the student for research-related expenses, the relevant offices will work together to maximize the student’s summer experience while ensuring that each expense is reimbursed/covered only once.

When can I start my summer research?

Your first award payment will not arrive until early June, but you may begin your summer research at any time. 

Does my research need to be carried out consecutively?

No, with your advisor's approval your research may be carried out at any time during the summer. 

What if I can’t commit 8, 9, or 10 weeks of full-time effort during the summer toward my research project?

If you cannot commit full-time effort for 8, 9, or 10 weeks over the summer to undertake your research, please contact the Director of Student Fellowships Cindy Stocks (cstocks@bowdoin.edu) to discuss your options.

Is the grant money subject to taxes?

Taxes will not be deducted from your award payments; however, you may be required to report your award amount when you file your annual tax return. In January following your fellowship, you will receive a letter from the Controller's Office detailing the amount of your fellowship and in-kind support you have received; you may need this letter when preparing your annual tax return. 

I'm graduating in the spring. Can I still apply for an institutional fellowship?

Seniors are only eligible to apply for the Langbein Fellowship, which is offered most (but not all) years.

What is the difference between the phase one application and the phase two application?

The phase one application will ask for basic information, such as the identification of your faculty mentor and a brief description of your project, and will require you to upload your unofficial academic history from Polaris. This application will trigger an e-mail to be sent to your mentor with instructions on how he or she can submit your letter of support by the phase two deadline.

The phase two application will ask for additional personal information and will require you to upload your full project description and budget (if applicable).

What if I change my mind after submitting a phase one application?

If you decide you no longer wish to pursue an institutional research fellowship at any point after starting the process, you can withdraw from the process by contacting Corey Colwill and your faculty mentor.  There is no need to complete a phase two application if you no longer wish to be considered for a fellowship.

What if I miss the phase one deadline?

On some rare occasions, a student who has missed the phase one deadline may still be able to submit an application with the approval of his or her mentor.  Please contact Corey Colwill for additional information.

Is on-campus housing guaranteed for research fellows?

No, students must apply for summer housing. Staying on campus during the summer is a privilege, and any student wishing to live in campus summer housing must also be in good social standing. All students should make sure to read the terms of the lease, including the fine print, to ensure that they can meet all the requirements of summer housing. The lease agreement and the dates when summer housing is available can be found here

Is off-campus housing subsidized?

No, research fellows living off campus for the summer do not receive any housing support.  

My project involves vertebrate animal or human research subjects. What do I need to do?

Projects involving vertebrate animals or human subjects may need to be reviewed by Bowdoin's Institutional Animal Care Use Committee (IACUC) or Institutional Review Board (IRB), respectively. Information about both committees may be found here. Your faculty mentor can guide you through the process. If your project requires review, please check the appropriate box at the end of this letter. Your research must be either covered by an approved protocol or found exempt before any research can begin.

My project may involve international travel. Is there any additional information I should know?

Yes, Bowdoin College students and faculty have access to the Executive Assistant Program when they are traveling outside of the United States. 

My fellowship award letter said I need to complete a final report. What is that supposed to look like and how do I submit it?

At the completion of your fellowship you must complete and electronically submit a brief one-page report of your research project, which will be posted on the Student Fellowships and Research website and may be shared with donors. A one-page final report template along with formatting and submission instructions is linked here.