Mellon Foundation Undergraduate Fellowship

With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Whittier College has established the Mellon Fellowship Program, dedicated to increasing interdisciplinarity and connection to the arts through student research, internships and project opportunities for undergraduate juniors. These fellowships are available to all students who meet the selection criteria, and are awarded through the Center for Collaboration with the Arts.

The fundamental objective of the Mellon Fellowships is to promote creative thinking and learning by encouraging interdisciplinarity and connections with the arts. The Mellon Fellowship Program supports students during the summer between their junior and senior years, enabling them to pursue a variety of activities that will then inform and shape work continued in their senior year, and reflected in their senior capstone projects.

Whittier College students will be selected as Mellon Fellows based on their personal essay, their proposed project essay (with proposed timeline), a faculty project mentor recommendation, junior status and an interview. Interdisciplinary projects with connections to the arts are required.

Mellon Fellows will receive stipends for a creative project, summer research/intensive study and/or internships, and further support during their senior year. Students must work with a faculty project mentor, attend Mellon Fellowship meetings, and create a senior presentation based on their project and/or research (this can be, and is encouraged to be, embedded in their required senior capstone projects.) Intellectual rigor and analysis, with a goal of public presentation and/or publishing, will be a hallmark of this program.

Selection Criteria 

Program Benefits 

Applying to the Program

Selection Process
Deadlines


Selection Criteria

  • Academic Promise
  • Currently a Junior
  • A well-written and complete application (including the Faculty Project Mentor Recommendation Form, submitted by the potential faculty mentor)
  • Commitment to full and enthusiastic participation in all aspects of the Mellon Fellowship Program, including: maintaining or improving GPA, participating in scheduled meetings with one’s project mentor, meeting with other Mellon Fellows and Center Directors, and completing the proposed project during the recipient’s senior year-culminating in a public presentation 


Program Benefits

  • $7,500 to be utilized between mid-May junior year and before the next year’s senior graduation, to be allocated as follows:
    • $4,000 for summer research/internship/ or intensive study between the end of spring semester (junior year) and the beginning of the fall semester (senior year). Summer projects must be conducted under the approved guidance of the faculty mentor.
    • $1500 for necessary travel, supplies and other costs specifically connected to summer expenses
    • $2,000 for continued research and/or project development during the senior year
  • A fellowship of other Mellon fellows, engaged in other creative, interdisciplinary projects


Applying to the Program

All application materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 24, 2014. Only completed applications will be considered.

For an application to be complete, it must be include the following:

1) Student Application Form. This includes:

  • Name, phone number, and email address of three references:
    Your prospective Mellon faculty project mentor
    A faculty member in your major or program of study
    A faculty member outside of your major or program of study
    NOTE: You must receive permission from each faculty member before submitting his or her name as an application reference. If a faculty member is called, on your behalf, and they have granted you permission to use them as a reference, your application will be dismissed
  • An 800-word personal essay articulating how you became intellectually and creatively engaged in your proposed project
  • A 1000-word proposed project description, including a proposed schedule/timeline for project completion

2) Faculty Mentor Recommendation Form. The potential faculty project mentor must submit this form online by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 24, 2014 for the student to be considered.



Selection Process



All applications are carefully reviewed by an interdisciplinary advisory committee, comprised of the Director for the Center for Collaboration with the Arts, the Director for the Center of Science, Health, and Policy, and faculty members from the divisions of Social Science, Natural Science and Humanities.




Deadlines



Student Applications AND Faculty Project Mentor Recommendations

Monday, March 24, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

Notification of Mellon Interview Invitation
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Scheduled Committee Interview
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Final Decisions

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