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Upstate-Global Collective Student Summer Research Fellowship Program 2017

 ***Update 1/27/17: The application period for 2017 positions is now OPEN and new positions have been added.  Others still to come!  Details about specific positions are available in the document attached here, and students can apply online through Wednesday, February 22, 2017.  More details are below.

The Upstate-Global Collective is an initiative of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium which aims to create scholarly communities across our member schools (Colgate University, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, St. Lawrence University, Skidmore College and Union College).  Student researchers will work alongside faculty mentors across the Consortium to explore themes that not only have rich historical roots here in upstate New York, but are also of current consequence worldwide.  The Upstate-Global Collective Student Research Fellowship program aims to:

  • Provide new opportunities for student intellectual growth.
  • Promote student-faculty collaboration across the Consortium.
  • Encourage interdisciplinary inquiry that connects local interests with global issues.


Typically, eight weeks of full-time research during the summer months is required by fellows.  Research Fellows will report collectively on their Fellowship projects during a public presentation in the fall 2017 term (the Upstate-Global Collective Research Symposium is tentatively scheduled for Friday, September 22 at Skidmore College).  In addition, deliverables resulting from this Fellowship may be used in publications to promote the work of the Upstate-Global Collective project and/or the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium.  

Students awarded a Fellowship receive a $3,600 stipend (or $450 for 8 weeks - less if the position is only 6 weeks) to replace earnings from summer employment.  It is expected that fellows will spend this time on campus (campus location may be determined by mentor) working in close contact with their faculty mentor.  We will aim to pair students with faculty mentors who are NOT from their home institution.  Room, board and transportation may be arranged separately out of stipend funds.  Fellows may not accept another position during the term of their fellowship.

This opportunity is open to students actively enrolled in good academic standing at any of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium member schools.  Specific qualifications will vary by position.  An updated list of summer 2017 research positions will be made available online.  Once available, please review the list of research projects available, select and rank your top three, and prepare a brief (500 words or less) statement of interest for each (you may choose to apply for only one or two, if preferred).  

Students are asked to complete the electronic application and submit a resume, unofficial academic transcript, and list of references online.  Applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Upstate-Global Collective project working group following the application deadline of February 22, 2017 (note that this deadline may be extended).  More information about the list of references is provided below in the FAQ section.  

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All application materials are due by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, unless otherwise noted.  

The finalists selected for these Fellowships will be notified in March.  If you have any questions regarding the fellowship program or application process, please contact Nell Bartkowiak at 315-228-7162 or  

>> Application Procedures: The student applicant will have to sign up for an Interfolio account (which you can then use any time you need to use Interfolio, free of charge).  Click on the "apply now" button, and you will be sent to the Interfolio home page where you will be prompted to either "sign in" or "sign up" for an account.  

Click on the "Sign up" button to create a new account (NOT the "sign in through partner institution" link).  Please be sure to use your school email address when signing up for an Interfolio account.  

If you have any questions regarding this program or the application process, please contact Nell Bartkowiak at  

>>Looking for other summer research opportunities available to NY6 students?  Check out the Kelly Adirondack Center Summer Fellowships (available to Union and non-Union students) here:


Q: When I log in to apply for the position, it states "Hamilton College", but that is not my institution.  Is this a problem?  

A: No, Hamilton College is administering the grant that supports this fellowship program, and so the system being used to manage this application process is housed at Hamilton College.  However, this opportunity is open to student enrolled at any of the New York Six member schools, including Colgate University, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, St. Lawrence University, Skidmore College, and Union College.  

Q: I am a senior and will be graduating in May.  Am I still eligible to apply for one of these fellowship positions?  

A: No, candidates must be actively enrolled as a current student at the time of the Fellowship in order to be eligible to receive this support.  Those students who are currently in their senior year and who plan to graduate this May or June 2017 are not eligible to apply.  

Q: What are the dates of the fellowship?

A: The dates are negotiated with your faculty sponsor.  Most positions are for 8 weeks over the summer term.  So, let's say you apply for and are offered a position to do research with a professor at Hamilton College, you would likely start following the completion of their spring term (last week in May or first week in June) and would do research for eight weeks (through the middle to end of July), although there is flexibility depending on the availability of your faculty sponsor, housing and other logistics.

Q: If I get selected to do research in a different institution than my own, will I be given a place to stay there?

A: On-campus housing will be arranged, when possible, but the cost of housing will not be covered - although you could use your stipend payments to cover this cost.  For example, the cost of on-campus housing at Hamilton College for the summer is approximately $50/week.  Your weekly stipend rate for the fellowship is $450.  

Q: Is there a specific GPA needed to apply?

A: No, there is no specific GPA needed to apply, although there are specific qualifications listed for each position.  In addition, you must be in good academic standing, which means that if you are on academic suspension or probation, you are not eligible to apply.  

Q: How do I provide a list of references?

A: We ask applicants to upload a document that includes at least TWO references, providing the name, title, and contact information for each (email and phone number, if available).  In the event that you are selected as a finalist for a fellowship position, your references may be contacted.  We suggest you provide references who are familiar with your academic work and who could speak to your ability to do research.  Letters of recommendation are not required. Interviews may be required for those selected as finalists.  Interviews may be done over Skype.   


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