The Kolenkow-Reitz fellowship empowers Carleton students to engage in summer or winter break research with non-Carleton science and math faculty. This initiative is aimed at nurturing scientific talent and encouraging exploration of STEM fields as potential career paths.


Carleton students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply for this funding. Before applying, students should discuss the nature and timing of their project with their proposed project advisor at the host institution and a Carleton faculty member. The fellowship prioritizes students with relevant coursework but limited prior funded research experience in the field of interest (fewer than 7 weeks).

Students may apply to Kolenkow-Reitz to support participation in research programs such as NSF-REU. If you hope to use Kolenkow-Reitz funding to participate in an REU or similar program, check out these tips and further information.

Alternative Funding:

  • The Career Center offers internship funding that can be applied to research experiences in STEM.
  • Many institutions run dedicated programs for undergraduate research (e.g., NSF-REU). You should seek out such programs for which you are eligible. Having applied to programs at the host institution will not decrease your chances of receiving funding through Kolenkow-Reitz if you are not selected for the program.


The fellowship provides $550 per week for full-time research work, up to 10 weeks in summer or 3 weeks during winter break. Additional funding up to $550 ($200 for winter) is available for travel and research supplies. Full-time engagement in the project is mandatory.

Application Details:

Applicants must complete the form below, which involves submitting their Carleton transcript, project title, advisor’s email, project description, personal statement (including educational and professional development goals), previous research experiences, and funding details, along with the planned dates of work and requested funds.

Application Deadlines

Winter Break Application Deadline: 5:00 PM on Monday, October 2, 2023; Awardees will be notified by Monday, October 23, 2023.

Summer Break Application Deadline: 5:00 PM on Tuesday, March 26, 2024; Awardees will be notified by Friday, April 12, 2024.

Questions?  Please contact Matt Whited. mwhited@carleton.edu

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