Lifson Family Summer Research Fellowship

The Lawrence E. Lifson ’63, P’95 Family Summer Research Fellowship in the Social Sciences was established in 2013 by Lawrence Lifson, a member of the Class of 1963 and parent of Deborah Lifson Vogel of the Class of 1995.  The fellowship is designed to support summer research by a student mentored by a Bowdoin faculty member.  Preference will be given first to students engaged in research in psychology and second to students engaged in research in the other social sciences.

Students apply as juniors. Fellowships are awarded to highly qualified students and are carried out either the summer preceding the fellow's senior year or during the fellow's senior academic year.

Students opt to carry out 8, 9, or 10 weeks of research. 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.

The Lifson Family 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 requested and approved during the application process, fellows may also be reimbursed for up to $500 for justified research related expenses (e.g., laboratory/art supplies, analytical costs, and travel beyond the local area to conduct field work or to visit an archive).

Should a faculty mentor feel that a fellow is not making sufficient progress toward the research goals set forth in the fellow's proposal, the College reserves the right to discontinue funding.