The Compagna-Sennett Student Fellowship in Religious Studies

The Religious Studies Department invites proposals from Colby students, regardless of major and minor, for funding to conduct an original research project on a topic related to the study of religion. A wide range of individual and collaborative student research projects may qualify for funding under this program, including research related to honors theses, independent studies, or specific courses. The research supported by this fellowship will occur during Summer 2020, and will be presented at CLAS ’21. All projects must have a Colby faculty sponsor, but that sponsor need not be affiliated with Religious Studies.

Funding for this fellowship has been provided by a generous endowment from Robert E. Compagna ’76 and Joan Sennett Compagna ’76. Students receiving research grants will be named as 2020 Compagna-Sennett Student Fellows and should include that designation on all work that results from this grant.

Grants are available to continuing, full-time Colby students. Grants will range from $1,000-$2,500, with maximum funding allocated to those grants that are either collaborative or require international travel. Funds may be allocated to cover any legitimate research expenses including, but not limited to, purchase of research materials and travel, food, and lodging expenses associated with data gathering.

$1,000 - $2,500
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please upload a PDF of your unofficial transcript.
  2. What is the topic’s connection to the study of religion?
  3. Provide a brief abstract describing the project.
  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. Are you applying for funding from any source recommended to you in this system other than the Compagna-Sennett?