The Marshall Fellows program is designed to recognize demonstrated academic excellence, to create a cohort of intellectually engaged students, and to provide support to Fellows for academic enrichment. Marshall Fellows have the opportunity to apply for either an Academic Enrichment grant or a CPS grant that will provide funds up to $4000. Marshall Fellows who seek an Academic Enrichment grant will receive funding for participation in an activity or program that will advance the Fellow’s learning, including independent research.
Marshall Fellow Academic Enrichment application due dates are the first Friday of September, October, November, February, and March. Fellows should take the following steps:
1) Applicants meet with the Don of their House to talk about a project they wish to pursue and to receive suggestions for selecting a faculty member or administrator as Project Advisor to help in planning and carrying out the project. Usually, this is a person on campus with substantial knowledge of the specific area of interest. Once you have received confirmation that the person you've asked to be your Project Advisor is willing to do so, please be sure to give the them plenty of time to talk through your ideas with you, comment on the draft, and prepare a statement of recommendation.
2) The Fellow will submit an application at the link at the bottom of this page. The application will include a proposal that outlines the project, including what the Fellow anticipates as the educational outcome of the project (see paragraph 1 above for objectives of the Marshall program as a whole). The Fellow will also request a letter of endorsement from the Project Advisor explaining why the project is worth doing and why the Fellow has the background to carry it out. That letter should be sent to Kathy Hertzler (firstname.lastname@example.org), who provides administrative support for the Marshall Fellow Committee.
3) Once the Marshall Fellow has applied (using the link below), the application will be sent automatically to the Academic Enrichment committee for evaluation. The committee is comprised of three Dons, a representative of the Provost’s Office, a faculty member (normally a former member of the Committee on Grants), and a Marshall Fellow who has completed a funded project. The committee will evaluate the proposal based on clarity of the proposal, the applicant’s demonstrated knowledge or understanding of the project, the potential contribution to the academic enrichment of the Fellow, and the consonance of this project with the Marshall program goals. The grant is not for the normal expenses of college education, but rather for enhancing the Fellow’s education by financing a special project that goes beyond regular college expenses.
4) Management of the budget for Marshall Fellows, including submission of expenses, is handled by a representative of the Provost’s office.