Goldsmith-Adams Research Award

Phase One Application Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2016 at noon
Phase Two Application Deadline: Monday, February 29, 2016 at noon

Description. Motivated by her own transformative experience traveling to Asia as a Bowdoin student, Jennifer Goldsmith Adams ’90 generously created an endowed fund in 2003 to support student travel and research in Asian Studies.  The Goldsmith Adams Research Award will support students’ academic summer experiences in Asia.  Funds can support student travel that will (1) substantially enhance a student’s honors project or research remotely mentored by a Bowdoin faculty member or (2) allow a student to participate in a summer language program based in Asia.  In some instances, when the link to the student’s academic program is evident, this award could also be used to support an unpaid internship in Asia.  Given the intent of the gift, preference will be given to students who have not lived in Asia and who wish to spend time in China. 

Eligibility. First-years, sophomores, and juniors may apply. Current seniors are ineligible. Preference will be given to students (1) who have not previously lived in Asia, (2) who wish to spend time in China, and (3) whose proposed Goldsmith Adams projects will substantially enhance their honors projects or research remotely mentored by a Bowdoin faculty member.

Applications from students wishing to conduct research or participate in a language program in China are preferred; however, applications involving travel to the following countries in East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia are eligible.

East Asia
•   China
•   Hong Kong
•   Japan
•   Korea
•   Taiwan

South Asia
•   Bangladesh
•   India
•   Nepal
•   Pakistan
•   Sri Lanka

Southeast Asia
•   Brunei
•   Cambodia
•   East Timor
•   Laos
•   Malaysia
•   Myanmar/Burma
•   Philippines
•   Singapore
•   Thailand
•   Vietnam


APPLICATION PROCESS: Scholarly mentoring is crucial for a positive research fellowship experience. Interested students are encouraged to talk with faculty early in the process so that they can identify a faculty member who will be available and willing to mentor the student throughout the fellowship period.

Students can apply online for the Goldsmith Adams Research Award with a two-phase online application. To access the application, click here.

Please be reminded that Bowdoin’s Honor Code applies to the fellowship application process.

PHASE ONE APPLICATION: The phase one online application (see deadline above) will require you (the student) to provide:

  • student name and e-mail address
  • contact information for your faculty mentor
  • an uploaded PDF of your unofficial academic history from Polaris
  • and uploaded PDF of a brief paragraph describing your proposed project (this description will not be used in the final review process; it is solely for the purpose of conveying your project idea to your mentor)

When you submit your phase one online application, your mentor will receive an e-mail explaining how to upload a letter of support by the phase two deadline, and you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the phase two application.  The phase one deadline pertains to student applicants only; the letter of support from your faculty mentor is due by the phase two deadline.   If you have any problems or questions, please contact Corey Colwill.

If you are even considering applying for a Goldsmith Adams Research Award, you are encouraged to submit a phase one application.  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 are no longer interested in being considered for an institutional research fellowhsip. 

PHASE TWO APPLICATION:  The phase two online application will ask you to:

  • Answer questions about your disciplinary standing with the College and study away status
  • Provide your project title and faculty mentor's contact information
  • Upload your project description, which should not exceed two single-spaced typewritten pages, and should include:
    • A description of the disciplinary context of your proposed project and its focus (i.e., the questions, ideas, and/or works that you plan to examine and why)
    • A description of the methodology you will employ to carry out your project, including an explanation of how you will use your time
    • A description of how you have prepared yourself to undertake your proposed project such as previous coursework, reading, research paper(s), etc.
    • A description of how your project will enhance your major and contribute to your future plans
  • Upload a PDF of your budget and budget justification 

Additionally, faculty mentors will be expected to email their letters of recommendation to Corey Colwill ( by the phase two deadline.

Selection Criteria. Members of the Internal Student Fellowships Committee review applications and base their award decisions on the following:

  • the quality of the proposed project and the candidate's narrative description
  • the extent to which the proposed project meets the aims of the Goldsmith Adams Research Award
  • the candidate's academic record, particular interests and competence
  • the faculty mentor's letter of recommendation 
  • the extent to which the faculty-student mentor relationship is described and appropriate to the project.

Award. The College anticipates making one award for summer 2015 not to exceed $4000. Funding from this award can be used to defray expenses the student incurs related to travel to, research in, or participation in a language program in Asia; as a stipend; or any combination.