The Richard A. Salisbury ’66 Fund is an endowed fund intended to support student research fellowships. These fellowships provide valuable opportunities for independent research in any field taught at the College or to undertake projects in the creative or performing arts. These grants allow students to pursue academic interests outside the classroom over summer or winter break.

Salisbury Fellowships are meant to expand the number and range of opportunities available to students to pursue intellectual and creative interests, especially in Africa or Latin America. Although the interests pursued through a Salisbury Fellowship might well grow out of course work or anticipate a subsequent integrative exercise project, the purpose of the Fellowship is to provide freedom to engage in other kinds of learning.


Awards are given annually of up to $5,000 to the fellows chosen


  • Fellowship awards are intended for sophomores or juniors to use during summer or winter breaks; juniors will have priority over sophomores.
  • Students studying any discipline are eligible, though preference is given to those studying an aspect of Africa and Latin America.
  • All applicants must be in good academic standing.
  • Students in any major are eligible.
  • Students studying any discipline are eligible to receive the fellowship awards.

View examples of projects funded.  Students may view successful proposals in the Office of Student Fellowships, Laird 131.

Selection Criteria

Salisbury student research fellowships will be awarded to enable qualified students to carry out independent research activities in any field taught at Carleton College or to undertake projects in the creative or performing arts. Among activities that might be sought are laboratory, library, museum or archival research; fieldwork; and creating or learning to perform a work of art.

Application Process

Deadline:  5 PM on Tuesday, February 11, 2020

A complete application packet includes:

  • Online Application, with attached single PDF containing your transcript, resume, etc.
  • Two recommendations, which will be requested from those you name in the application and submitted using the appropriate form below.
    • BE SURE TO ASK recommenders before listing them on the application.
    • NOTE: Using Carleton faculty or staff as recommenders is usually the best choice.  Non-Carleton recommenders may disadvantage you as they may not know Carleton, and the selection committee does not know them.  Use your judgment in this, as in all other areas.

Recommendations Process

  • The Office of Student Fellowships will forward finalized proposals to your recommenders following the due date.
  • Recommenders should submit the appropriate Online Recommendation Form (below), and are welcome to also attach a letter of support, if they choose.
  • The deadline for recommendations is 5 PM on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

Recommendation Form – Carleton Faculty and Staff

Recommendation Form – Non-Carleton Faculty


For research involving human subjects, Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications must be submitted electronically *before the research begins*.  Visit the IRB website to learn more about the process.


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