With the aid of their faculty mentors, Bowdoin students are able to apply for mini grants for research – made possible with funding from the Davis, Roberts, and Koelln Funds – to support academic year undergraduate research and travel in all disciplines. Each fund has slightly different criteria, which are outlined below; however, the application process is the same for all four funds. The Internal Fellowships Committee makes awards based on the merits of the proposals and the funds available. Students are encouraged to submit reasonable budgets that are well-justified.
Davis Fund fosters undergraduate interests in international affairs. Awards typically range between $200 and $500.
Koelln Fund supports faculty-mentored student research in the exploration of a topic that surmounts traditional disciplinary boundaries. The purpose of the fund is to encourage broad, essentially humanistic inquiry, and will be awarded with preference given to worthy projects founded at least in part in the humanities. Awards typically range between $200 and $600.
Roberts Fund support an underprivileged scholar to do research in any field. Please not that the Internal Fellowships Committee defines "underprivileged scholar" as a student who is currently receiving aid from Bowdoin. Awards typically range between $200 and $800. Students planning on a career in teaching are ineligible for the Roberts Fund.
Grua/O’Connell Fund supports faculty-mentored student research, regardless of discipline. Awards from this fund can be used to offset student travel that will substantially enhance students’ research and to defray students’ research expenses such as purchasing of books and equipment, publishing research results, or any combination of these expenses. Awards typically range between $200 - $800.
Complete applications must be delivered to the Office of Student Fellowships and Research, located in 110 Kanbar Hall. Applications can be delivered in person or emailed to Corey Colwill, either is equally acceptable. A complete application/request comprises the following:
The submission deadline is noon on the 15th of each month during the academic year, and applications must be delivered to the Office of Student Fellowships and Research, located in 113 Kanbar Hall, either in person or via email. If the 15th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the deadline will be extended to 8:00 a.m. on the following Monday. Mini grant proposals are reviewed by members of the Internal Fellowships Committee, and in most cases, applicants are notified of the committee's decision within three weeks.