Sandy Maisel 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 civic engagement. 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.

$3,000 Average
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please upload a PDF of your unofficial transcript.
  2. Provide a brief abstract describing the project.
  3. What is the topic’s connection to the Goldfarb Center’s public affairs mission?
  4. Research Design Proposal:
    • a. Describe the specific research question(s) to be examined.
    • b. Provide a brief literature review (consult with your faculty sponsor for examples relevant to your field) that indicates the significance of your research questions.
    • c. Describe the methodology, including a clear indication of how data will be gathered and how variables will be defined.
    • d. Please provide evidence that you have the skills necessary to gather the information in this way, usually indicated by significant coursework. Please cite relevant classes.
    • e. If the project involves research in a foreign country, indicate and identify local contacts with whom you will work and locations of source material. If this is not applicable please write "NA."
    • f. What is your timeline for data-gathering and writing?
  5. If applicable, please explain any extenuating circumstances that may have impacted your academic record.
  6. Are you applying for funding from any source recommended to you in this system other than the Sandy Maisel Student Research Grants?
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