Jeffrey Lindstrom ’94 Fellowship in Political Science


The Jeffrey Lindstrom ’94 Fellowship in Political Science was established by the Lindstrom family in 2015 to honor Dr. Jeff Lindstrom who passed away well before his time – a great teacher, scholar, athlete, and entrepreneur at Whittier, in Russia, and in the local college community.

This fellowship will support one undergraduate student to conduct undergraduate research or travel during the summer between their junior and senior years. The fellow will embodies Jeff's character, strengths, and talents, and who shows considerable growth, potential, and ambition. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Junior standing
  • Majoring in Political Science or completion of significant work/courses in the subject
  • A minimum 3.2 GPA

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated academic ability.
  • The ability to conduct and complete the proposed research project, internship, or experience.
  • Previous experience with research is welcome, but not necessary.
  • If traveling abroad is part of the proposal, the ability to engage in study abroad.

Applications should include a cover letter/personal statement explaining your interest in this fellowship, a project proposal (articulating the topic, method, timeline of activities, and budget), résumé, and transcript.   

Program Benefits

  • A stipend of $2,000.00 (to be used for research activities & travel, tuition, etc.)

Applying to the Program

The application is due on the first Friday of March. Use this guide to help you gather your application documents. Request these items two weeks prior to the deadline.

A complete application consists of:

  • Unofficial academic transcripts (a PDF of your Degree Works)
  • A resume
  • Current semester Course Progress Report for each 3-4 credit course you are enrolled in
  • Student Contract
  • Signed Mentor Agreement
  • A written recommendation letter from the faculty mentor for the project.
  • A reference contact from someone outside of the applicants major and project’s area of focus. This can be a Faculty member or when applicable to the project a personal reference (e.g., employer, internship supervisor, volunteer coordinator).
  • A 500-word essay explaining how you became interested in the project, why you want this fellowship opportunity, how you will benefit from the fellowship both personally and professionally, and what personal qualities (skills, attributes, and/or abilities) you possess that will ensure a successful fellowship experience. 
  • A 800-word essay outlining the proposed research project, internship or travel experience. This should articulate the topic, methodology, timeline of activities, and budget. 
  • Selected semi-finalists may be interviewed. 

Fellowship Advisor

Professor Mike McBride,

Past Fellows

Priscilla Villa '20
Grace Reeder (2018-2019)
The role of women in Myanmar
Cindy Banh (2017-2018) Impact of repeal of Affordable Care Act on health care providers
Maxwell Hoversten (2016-2017) Effects of Chilean Constitution on development and democracy in Chile
Collin McDowell (2015-2016) Impact of Student Protests in Hong Kong