The Towsley Endowment

The Towsley Endowment provides financial support for Carleton students working with Carleton science and math faculty on campus (or in the field) during summer and over winter break. Awards fund student wages ($550/wk for full-time work, paid hourly at $13.75/hr) for up to 10 weeks (summer) or 3 weeks (winter break). Money for supplies and travel to support the research project is also available, up to $550 (summer) or $200 (winter break) per student. Note that students must work full time in order to qualify (i.e., they must not hold another job during the award period).

Typical summer awards are for 1-2 students per faculty member, funding approximately 18-20 students per summer. Priority is typically given to pre-tenure faculty, faculty exploring new areas of research/collaboration, faculty who could not otherwise support students with external grants or department funds, and faculty applying for external funding.

Who is Eligible?

Carleton faculty in science and math departments and programs, including visiting faculty and faculty on continuing appointment, are eligible to apply. These include Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Environmental Sciences, Geology, Mathematics and Statistics, Neuroscience, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, and Archaeology.

Some of the application questions include:

Project title, description of your project, faculty and student development goals, mentoring plan, how many weeks and total amount of funds requested, other potential sources of funding, and other info relevant to proposal.


Winter Break Application Deadline:  5:00 PM on Monday, October 7, 2024; Awardees will be notified by Monday, October 28, 2023.

Summer Break Application Deadline: 5:00 PM on Friday, February 14, 2025; Awardees will be notified by Friday, March 7, 2025.

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