Purpose

The goal of this fellowship is to enable graduating seniors with a strong interest in a career in scientific research to experience working life in a lab/research group at a U.S. Research One (R1) institution for a period of one year (for international students) or two years (for US citizens or permanent residents). Fellows will have access to the intellectual life of the university as well as infrastructural and other support for research under a PI. The expectation is that networking and other opportunities available in the R1 environment will inform and strengthen the fellow’s commitment to a career in research and help them secure letters of recommendation for an eventual application to a PhD program.   

Selected fellows will be required to return to Carleton during each year of the fellowship to discuss their experiences, in both formal and informal contexts, and to stimulate enthusiasm among potential applicants. Costs for these return visits will be covered as part of the fellowship award.

Eligibility

Graduating seniors with a major in a discipline represented on Carleton’s STEM Board (Biology, Chemistry, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Geology, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Astronomy, and Psychology) are eligible to apply.

Students who wish to pursue the MD and enter clinical practice should not apply, but those students interested in an MD/PhD track are welcome to do so.

International students will be eligible for a one-year opportunity, during which they can be employed as part of their OPT (optional practical training) F-1 visa extension, as available. Students with US citizenship or permanent residency will be eligible for a two-year opportunity.

The minimum GPA for selection is 3.5. 

Potential applicants must discuss this opportunity with faculty in their disciplines/advisors and consult first with them about which faculty at R1 institutions to contact and follow an established protocol for contacting and communicating with those faculty. The Director of Student Fellowships is available to provide additional advising on the application process and materials.

Application Materials

Deadline: 5 PM on Friday, February 28, 2020

Application

Please attach the following documents in a single PDF to the online Application form:

  1. CV/Resume including list of honors, awards, etc.; list of publications and presentations; research/other employment experience; non-academic interests and activities; potential/tentative career plans;
  2. Research statement (maximum 500 words) that describes the proposed research program (what will be undertaken? where and with whom – and why?;
  3. Personal statement (maximum 500 words) that describes how this opportunity will shape your career trajectory (what is the relationship between your background and overall goals and the opportunity? what are your career plans?);
  4. Transcript (please order an official e-version from the Hub);
  5. Proof of offer/correspondence with potential supervisor at the R1institution.

Recommendations

Two letters of recommendation are required and should be submitted to fellowships@carleton.edu by the deadline. If you have completed research, at least one of the letters must be from a research supervisor.  For all applications, at least one of the letters must be from a faculty member in your major.

Selection Criteria

  • Academic excellence (especially GPA in the major/STEM fields);
  • Previous research experience and/or demonstrated capacity for research;
  • Potential impact of the post-BA experience on the applicant’s career trajectory.

Financial Matters

This is a new award that will be piloted for the Carleton class of 2020. Many details, including the stipend amount, will depend on the R1 institution’s practices and policies, as well as considerations of location and cost of living.

We hope to offer this post-bac research fellowship as the type of experience that would allow forbearance of student loan payments (that is, payments would not be due during the period of the fellowship) but we are unable to guarantee that will be the case.


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