Sandy Maisel Grants for Students

Dozens of opportunities are funded each year through the Sandy Maisel Student Internship and Research Grants. This is possible because of generous gifts from a group of alumni seeking to honor Professor Sandy Maisel, the Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government and founding director of the Goldfarb Center.

This support allows Colby students to build on their classroom experience with hands-on opportunities throughout the United States and abroad. Awards are intended to encourage students to explore internship opportunities related to public affairs; funds may also be used to support research in public affairs, such as a senior thesis.

Please submit all materials according to instructions for each category as outlined below:

Grants for Students

Student Internship Grant

Internship funding is available to continuing, full-time Colby students and will provide (on average) $3,000 toward student expenses. Applicants may make the case for an additional $2,000 of lost work compensation. Please carefully describe your circumstances.  These are intended to fund otherwise unfunded internships. Before funds may be disbursed your internship must be approved to receive transcript notation. What is an internship? Click Here.

Students receiving internship grants will be named Sandy Maisel Student Fellows for the academic year in which their work is completed and should include that designation on all work that results from this grant. Sandy Maisel Student Fellows are expected to attend Goldfarb Center events throughout the year regularly.

Application Process

Applications for Jan Plan Funding 2022 will be live on the DavisConnects webpage. Students will submit a general application (please visit DavisConnects funding page to prep all essay questions and application materials) in addition to the following questions.

  1. Please share how your coursework, papers, and extra-curricular activities or jobs have related to public affairs. Feel free to elaborate on how work in public affairs fits into your future plans.
  2. If applicable, please explain any extenuating circumstances that may have impacted your academic record.
  3. Are you applying for funding from any source other than through the Sandy Maisel Grants? If so, indicate the source and how much you are requesting.

No deadline extensions will be granted for either round. Instead, applications will be evaluated by the Goldfarb Center’s Grants Review Committee, which will recommend the Goldfarb Center Executive Director.

Note: Recipients are required to submit to the Goldfarb Center Assistant Director a brief report following completion of the internship summarizing the experience. A detailed report of all expenses paid for by the grant money (including copies of receipts organized by date) must be submitted. Failure to do so will preclude future grants from the Center.

Deadline:

Application Opens: Monday, September 27 @ 12:00 AM EST

Application Closes:  Friday, October 15 @ 11:59 PM EST

Award Notifications:  Friday, October 29 by 5:00 PM EST

Post-Acceptance Requirements: Wednesday,  December 1

 

For further information, please consult  DavisConnects’ internship FAQ and funding details.

For questions about the grant process, contact Scott Lamer at [email protected].

For all other questions, contact Goldfarb Center Assistant Director Sherry Berard at [email protected]

Student Research Grant

The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs invites proposals from Colby students, regardless of major, for funding of original research projects (including collaborative research) on topics related to public affairs or public policy. A wide range of student research projects may qualify for funding under this program, however, preference will be given to students working on honors projects or independent studies or on extended class-related papers for which no other adequate funding sources are available. Students applying for research grant funding should provide a fully developed proposal to include a thesis statement, literature review, and plan for fieldwork; it must indicate your faculty advisor. 

Grants are available to continuing, full-time Colby students. Grants will average $3,000, with maximum funding allocated to those grants that are either collaborative or for those that require international travel. Funds may be allocated to cover any legitimate research expenses including, but not limited to: the purchase of research materials, travel, food, and lodging expenses associated with data gathering. Students may not qualify for stipends under this program, except for unusual circumstances, which should be specifically documented at the time of the application. The center hopes to fund two or three projects from this round of applications.

Thanks to a generous gift of a group of alumni seeking to honor Professor Maisel, students receiving research grants will be named Sandy Maisel Student Fellows for the academic year in which their work is completed and should include that designation on all work that results from this grant. Sandy Maisel Student Fellows are expected to attend Goldfarb Center events throughout the year on a regular basis.

Application Process

Applications for Jan Plan Funding 2022 will be live on the DavisConnects webpage. Students will submit a general application (please visit that DavisConnects funding page to prep all essay questions and application materials) in addition to the following questions.

  1. Please prepare a PDF of your unofficial transcript to upload to the application.
  2. Please choose a faculty sponsor, with enough advance notice of the deadline, who will evaluate your proposal and ability to see it through. You will be asked to enter their name and Colby’s email address in the application. This will send them an email prompt to login and fill out a brief form for committee review.
  3. Provide a brief abstract describing the project.
  4. What is the topic’s connection to the Goldfarb Center’s public affairs mission?
  5. Literature Review and Research Design. Please upload a PDF that responds to the following questions:
    1. Provide a brief literature review (consult with your faculty sponsor for examples relevant to your field) that indicates the significance of your research questions.
    2. Describe the methodology, including a clear indication of how data will be gathered and how variables will be defined.
    3. Please provide evidence that you have the skills necessary to gather the information in this way, usually indicated by significant coursework. Defend why this project is viable.
    4. What is your timeline for data-gathering and writing?
    5. Are you applying for funding from any source other than through Goldfarb Sandy Maisel grants? If so, indicate the source and how much you are requesting.
    6. If applicable, please explain any extenuating circumstances that may have impacted your academic record.
    7. If applicable, please explain any extenuating circumstances that may have an impact on your financial status.

If the project involves human subjects, the proposal should simultaneously be submitted to Colby’s Institutional Review Board to the Goldfarb Center. Your project must be approved before we will disburse funds.

Product

The proposal should specify the intended end product for the project and at least preliminary thoughts on means of dissemination. Students receiving funding under this program will be expected to make presentations as part of the Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Expenses/Reimbursement

You must keep all receipts and submit the originals in a timely fashion to the Goldfarb Center’s administrative assistant. The receipts need to show both what was purchased and how much (to keep both the accountants and IRS happy). You do not need to wait until the project is finished to submit your receipts (in fact, it is best to submit within 30 days of the expenditure). You should keep a log of all your expenses (an Excel spreadsheet is a good idea). It is a good habit to get into but, more importantly, ensures accurate accounting for yourself and the Center.

Deadline:

Application Opens: Monday, September 27 @ 12:00 AM EST

Application Closes:  Friday, October 15 @ 11:59 PM EST

Award Notifications:  Friday, October 29 by 5:00 PM EST

Post-Acceptance Requirements: Wednesday,  December 1

 

 

For questions about the grant process, contact Scott Lamer at [email protected].
For all other questions, contact Goldfarb Center Assistant Director Sherry Berard at [email protected]