Applications for Carleton-funded fellowships are due March 28, 2023!


Independent Research Fellowships enable qualified students to carry out independent research activities in any field taught at the College, or to undertake projects in the creative or performing arts. Among the activities for which these fellowships might be sought are laboratory, library, museum or archival research; fieldwork; and creating or learning to perform a work of art. These fellowships are meant to expand the opportunities available to students to pursue intellectual and creative interests.


Awards are given annually of up to $5,000.


  • For Juniors to use during the summer prior to their senior year, or winter break of their senior year.
  • For Sophomores to use during the summer between their sophomore and junior years, or during their junior year.
  • Students studying any discipline are eligible.
  • All applicants must be in good academic standing.

Selection Criteria

Independent Research Fellowships are intended to provide students an opportunity to undertake projects of their own design off campus. Such projects may be carried out independently or as a part of a research group. In the latter case, the project must be able to stand alone as an independent component of the larger group effort.

Award selection criteria include project feasibility as well as connectedness of the project to current work and future goals at Carleton (how well the project fits a student and what the student is trying to accomplish at Carleton) and beyond.

View examples of projects funded. 

See the Application and Recommendations Process page for more information!


Please contact Marynel Ryan Van Zee, Director of Student Fellowships, Laird 131, x4300.