The Richard A. Salisbury ’66 Fund is an endowed fund intended to support student research fellowships. These fellowshipsthese fellowships support independent research activities or projects in the creative or performing arts. Funding might be used for library, museum or archival research; fieldwork; and creating or learning to perform a work of art. 

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 serve as preparation for comps, the purpose of the Fellowship is to provide freedom to engage in other kinds of learning.

The Richard Salisbury Fellowship may be applied for during Fall Term, Winter Term, or Spring Term.


Summer Projects: Up to $5,000 per fellowship may be awarded

Winter Break Projects: Up to $2,000 beyond the cost of airfare, per fellowship, may be awarded


  • Sophomore or Junior students may apply at any deadline; first-year students are ineligible to apply at the Fall Term deadline; seniors may apply only for non-Comps projects and only at the Fall Term deadline.
  • Projects with any focus are eligible; preference will be given to fellowship projects related to Africa or Latin America.
  • All applicants must be in good academic standing.

When deciding among equally strong proposals for the same category/categories or fellowship funds, juniors/rising seniors (especially those proposing Comps work) are prioritized for summer fellowship funding; followed by sophomores/rising juniors; and the lowest priority group for funding will be rising sophomores. Seniors receive the lowest priority for non-Comps project funding for Winter Break; juniors, followed by sophomores, are the priority groups for that (very limited) funding.

View examples of projects funded. 

See the Application and Recommendations Process page for more information!

Institutional Review Board

Occasionally, Carleton-funded fellowship research involving human subjects requires Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval.  Be sure to consult with your mentors to understand if this applies to you! Funding for any projects requiring IRB approval will be released once it is received.


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