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 may apply for a grant (or grants) that will provide up to $4000 funding. The grant can be used for academic enrichment, a community and public service project, or a blend of both. Fellows may request use of grant money for more than one project. 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. Project proposals are read as they are received. Please allow several weeks for review.
Academic enrichment projects are meant to provide opportunities for Fellows to pursue academic interests. Examples of what is meant by academic enrichment include (but are not limited to) the following: a research project or a project to gather preliminary data with a clearly defined question and methodology; the acquisition or development of a language or research skill; an internship experience related to academic goals and interests; developing a course of instruction or curriculum; or creating a work of art. A portion of the project may involve civic engagement that enhances the academic component but a clear connection between the civic activity and the project must be demonstrated.
Community and public service projects should be under the auspices of a recognized and respected agency, foundation or reputable group. A service project should preferably last for more than 2 weeks, though the candidate can provide a justification if the project will cover less than 2 weeks. You should have some demonstrable ability and expertise to carry out the service project and you must provide adequate background about the proposed agency, foundation or group. Students are encouraged to consult the associate director of the Ware Institute (Lisa Wolfe) as a resource.
Upon returning from your project, you will be required to share what you have experienced and learned in the immediately following Fall or Spring semester or, if you are a senior, during the remainder of the semester. Most Marshall Fellows choose to make a presentation during the Summer Experience Fair or the Fall or Spring Research Fairs. In addition, you are required to provide a short descriptive summary of your project and how it impacted you along with any pictures which will be used for your Marshall story on the website.
For examples of Grant applications, see Grant Application Examples.
Fellows should take the following steps to apply for a grant:
1) Applicants should meet with the Don of their house to talk about the project and to help select a faculty member or administrator as Project Advisor to help in planning and carrying out the project. Usually, the Project Advisor is a person on campus with substantial knowledge of the specific area of interest. The Project Advisor can be the Don if the Don can provide insight on the project of the applicant. The student should give the Project Advisor plenty of time to talk through your ideas, comment on the draft, and prepare a statement of recommendation.
2) Marshall Fellows should consult the instructions on the website and complete the online application ( here ). Their proposal should include a 500 word outline of the project, including what the Fellow anticipates as the educational outcome of the project, plus a biography of works that serve as a background for the project, and your plans to share the project when you return. The proposal should include a letter of endorsement from the project advisor explaining why the project is worth doing, why the Fellow has the background to carry it out, and how the proposed plan is realistic and achievable. That letter should be sent to Kathy Hertzler (firstname.lastname@example.org), who provides administrative support for the Marshall Fellow Committee.
3) Marshall Fellows should submit their funding proposals through this online form to the Marshall Fellow Grant committee, comprised of 3 Dons, a representative of the Provost’s Office, a faculty member (normally a former member of COG), a representative of the Ware Institute, and a Marshall Fellow who has completed a funded project. The committee will evaluate the proposals based on the clarity of the proposal, the applicant’s demonstrated knowledge or understanding of the project, the potential contribution to the enrichment of the Fellow, and the consonance of this project with the Marshall program goals
4) Fellows should not spend any money before receiving official approval from the Marshall decision committee for the project.
5) Management of the budget for Marshall Fellows, including submission of expenses, will be handled by a representative of the Provost’s office. This is currently Kathy Hertzler, Administrative Assistant for College Grants. .
Be sure to save every receipt for your financial report to the Business Office and for tax purposes. The project funding is treated as a cash advance, which means that you will be billed for the amount of any expenditures that you cannot justify with receipts. No stipends to yourself are allowed.
If you have financial aid and doing a project in the summer prevents you from earning the expected amount toward the next year's expenses, you can apply to the Financial Aid Office for the missing sum in additional loans; that Office will make a decision, but of course a favorable one is not guaranteed.
Be sure your application and project follow the F&M Business Expense Reimbursement Policy for employees, which can be found at:
Some of the items that may apply are:
• mileage reimbursement at the current rate for car travel in Marshall projects;
• Research the lowest possible airfare and then contact Travel Time, the College's official travel agency at 717-299-2521, to compare costs.
• food and lodging reimbursement, within current college guidelines, when applicable. If you are attending a conference, book early to secure convention/ conference rates.
• Additional conditions for foreign travel may apply.
As soon as you get back, you must fill out a Personal Expense Account form for the Business Office, including all relevant receipts.
F-1 international students using Marshall funding for an US based internship will need to work with the Office of International Programs to obtain Curricular Practical Training employment authorization. This means that an Internship for Credit will have to be arranged for .5 credit minimally and the internship must be directly related to the student's major.
Q1: Can I use my Grant for a study abroad program, including one sponsored by F&M?
A: No, but you can propose an additional project as a component of the study abroad program. Marshall Fellow money can be used to pay for something that significantly enriches the experience of a credit-bearing course or program, not as a way to pay for a credit-bearing course or program.
Q2: Can I use my Grant for programs that develop particular skills, such as a language enhancement program, field program, a music camp, or a social science or scientific methodology program?
A: There are two scenarios in which a Marshall Grant can be used for these type of programs: (1) If these programs do not receive F&M credit or fulfill a graduation requirement or a requirement of the major then you can use Marshall money; or (2) If these programs receive F&M credit or fulfill a major or College requirement you will need to propose an additional project as a component of that program that substantially enriches the experience in order to use Marshall money.
Q3: Can I use an Enrichment grant for preparing for a project, such as travelling to gather data?
Q4: Can I use my Enrichment grant to pay for my living expenses for an internship?
A: Yes, but you must demonstrate how the internship enhances your academic goals. If you receive F&M credit for the internship or it fulfills a major or College requirement you will need to propose an additional project as a component of that internship that substantially enriches the experience in order to use Marshall money.
Q5: I am thinking about going to another country and asking people questions as a way to gather data. Is this a good methodology?
A: This is a methodology fraught with difficulty and unlikely to yield any meaningful results unless carefully planned. You will need to identify what groups and individuals you will be talking to (and why), how many, the questions you will be asking, how those questions fit into a larger research question you are exploring, and why you believe you will have access to those people and they will be willing to answer those questions. In addition you will need to get IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval for using human subjects. In general, unless the questions and the identified individuals or groups are clearly defined, we encourage you to think about other approaches to gathering information.
Q6: Can I use a Grant for participation or attendance at professional meetings?
A: Yes, but be sure to book your hotel early so that you can take advantage of the conference rates. Only reasonable expenses for lodging and travel will be covered.
Q7: Can I use a Grant for purchase of equipment, computers, or software?
A: Yes, but you need to explain how the equipment is essential to accomplishing your academic goals. Normally, policies on college-purchases of equipment apply. Equipment, computers, or software remain the property of the college.
Q8: Can I apply to the Committee on Grants?
A: Yes. The Committee on Grants provides funding to research proposals. A Marshall Fellow will normally submit research proposals for either an Academic Enrichment or a CPS grant. A Marshall Fellow can choose to submit a research proposal to COG or can choose to supplement a Marshall Fellow grant with a COG grant.
Q9: Can a grant be used to pay for summer school for credit?
A: You cannot use a grant for credit. You can apply for funding if you are conducting a substantial research project in addition to summer school and enrollment in summer school is necessary for conduct of the project.
Q10: What is expected of me when I complete the project?
A: You are expected to share your experience or findings with peers (e.g., research fair, House forum, etc.). We also ask that you find ways to offer assistance after you graduate to future Marshall Fellows.
Q11: Can I spend whatever I want on hotels and other expenses?
A: No. The grants cover reasonable expenses. If you are going to a conference, you should register at the conference rates for a hotel (which often requires that you make those reservations early). If you are staying in a hotel for any reason, you should find a reasonably priced hotel to conduct your project.
Q12: What are some examples of successful Marshall projects?
A: You can look at Grant Application Examples
Marshall Fellow Academic Enrichment (AE) and Community & Public Service (CPS) Projects
Class of 2019
- Yousra Chaabane: The Immersive Arabic Experience: Language and Culture of the Middle East (AE)
- Betty Phyu Sin: "Business Start-up" and “Business Start-up Lab” by DIS (AE)
- Tyler Schubert: Interning Abroad: Public Health in Belize: (CPS)
Class of 2018
- Alperen Akkoyunlo: Learning French in its own Culture (AE)
- Megan Bright: Diving and Marine Conservation in Thailand (AE)
- Maggie Cheney: Public Health Policy Making During the Maryland Legislative Circuit (AE)
- Mary Chiang: Discovering beneficial cognitive qualities of future service dogs (AE)
- Kaela Drzewiecki: Wildlife Photography and Conservation in South Africa (AE)
- Ryan Franklin: Netherlandish Views of Nature through Dutch Golden Age Landscape Paintings (AE)
- Trexler Hirn: Cultural and Language Immersion in Samara and Cedral Costa Rica (AE)
- Elah Horwitz: ‘Womenomics’ and the status of gender equity in Japan in 2017 (AE)
- Ellen Jordan: Within the Clinic: An Examination of Medical Structural Dynamics in India (AE)
- Caroline Lawrence: Neuroimaging in Cognitive Science (AE)
- Giang Le: Understanding the Tycoons: Money and Power in Southeast Asia (AE)
- Paraj Mathur: University of Chicago Booth GSB Summer Scholars Program(AE)
- Jacqui Moran: Internship with "Music for Everyone" (CPS)
- Alma Rechnitzer: Attendance at the 2017 Immunology Conference (AE)
- Alison Renna: The Inklings at Oxford: An Exploration of CS Lewis and Postmodern Theology (AE)
- Genevieve Rohrer: Archaeological Field School in the Uspallata Valley (AE)
- Isabel Schaeffer: An International Look at International Studies (AE)
- Caitlin Stanton: Intensive Ancient Greek with the University of Colorado Boulder (AE)
- Emily Stein: Comparing Museum Practices Domestically (AE)
- Joseph Yamulla: Location and Dislocation in Victorian Literature (AE)
Class of 2017
- Juliana Piacentini: Project #1: Extra-nuclear effects of thyroid hormone & its analogs on cells in culture; Immunology research at University Roma Tre in Italy (AE); Project #2: Attendance and presentation at American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular (AE)
- Lien Pham: Market exchange in China and political economy of the Tibetan diaspora (AE)
- Heather Nonnemacher: Comparing the Healthcare Needs of Underserved Populations in Southern Honduras and Lancaster, PA (CPS)
- Paul Murray: Music of the Ancient Church (AE)
- Shomith Mondal: Computational Study of Combustion and Atmospheric Decomposition of Dienes (AE)
- Dave Mix: Vietnamese Language through Stories of Natives (AE)
- Emilie LoGiudice: Empathy through Art: A Study on the use of Murals in Northern Ireland (AE)
- Euyn Lim: Ethnographic Studies on Refugee Healthcare in Lancaster (AE)
- Briana Krewson: Project #1: WWOOFING in Ireland (AE); Project #2: Medicine and the Environment: Exploring Safety in the Wilderness (CPS)
- Cairynne Koh: Reserving a Spot for Street Dancers in Economics (AE)
- Greer Kann: Christo's Place in Art (AE)
- Tekla Iashagashvili: Creation of National Identity in European Museums (AE)
- Corey Hecht: The Scientific Case for a Movement-Based Lifestyle (AE)
- Clarissa Grunwald: Wiretap! An Original Musical (AE)
- Eleanor Frick: Fortnight at 44AD: Two Weeks in the Life of an Artspace (AE)
- Benjamin Lin: Red blood cell assay for malaria research at Johns Hopkins (AE)
- Hannah Mooradian: Language and Culture in Tours and Heidelberg (AE)
- Cecilia Plaza: Gendered Interactions in the Medical Field: Honduras Case Study (AE/CPS)
- Ailee Rowe: Through the Eyes of the Orchestra (AE)
- Tekla Iashagashvilli: Creation of National Identity in European Museums (AE)
- Ryan Nesselrodt: Presenting research project "Triple-Slit Tests of Born’s Rule" at the American Physical Society April 2107 Conference (AE)
- Catherine Rainville: International Student Volunteer - Children's Education & Community Development in the Dominican Republic (CPS)
- Nicole Savidge: Exploring the Structural Impact of UAAs on Protein Structure (AE)
- Dustin Smith: Writing Beyond the Classroom (AE)
- Susan Spina: Music Industry and the Creation of an Arts Festival (AE)
- Layla Thomas: Entreprenurial Female Empowerment in San Ramon, Costa Rica (CPS)
- Lam Tran: Exploration of Japan and the Japanese Language (AE)
- Celeste Watkins: Mastering a Foreign Language on Native Soil (AE)
Class of 2016
- Mikayla Bean: South Korea and Japan: Political Apologies and the Legacy of Comfort Women (AE)
- Agnes Czaja: Combined Animal Medicine and Veterinary Care in Argentina (AE)
- Emily Durocher: Establishing Cultural Competency: Exploring the Relationship Between Religion and Medicine (AE/CPS)
- Emily Hawk: Dance in its Place and Time (AE)
- Colleen Gallagher: Irish Life: In Theory, in Practice (AE)
- Shunqi Gao: Project #1: Summer intensive workshop in classical singing (AE); Project #2: Voice Project for Senior Recital (AE)
- Morgan Kincade: Secularism in Turkey and France: A Comparative Study (AE)
- Esther Lee: National Secretariat of Planning of Paraguay Summer Internship & Gateway 2015 Student Internship (CPS)
- Xinyu Liu: Ideology change in Japan during World War I (AE)
- Benjamin Martin: Aperture: A Musical History for Solo Flute and Orchestra (AE)
- Jack Mizelle: IES Music History and Composition Program in Vienna (AE)
- Erin Moyer: “Can We Talk?”: Exploring Women and Late-Night Television Comedy (AE)
- Lauren Muliawan: The Changing Political Landscape of UK and Scottish Politics (AE)
- Heather Noonemacher: Comparing the Healthcare Needs of Underserved Populations in Southern Honduras and Lancaster, PA (AE/CPS)
- Delia Pepper: Exploring India Through Literature and Service (CPS)
- Giang Phan: Volunteering in Theory and Practice: Project in Sapa, Vietnam (CPS)
- Kelsey Leigh Reber: Leatherback Sea Turtle Research & Conservation with Ocean Spirit (AE)
- Shannon Ricchetti: The Olmsted Firm and the Louisville KY Park System
- Andrew Santora: Tactical Development in the Skies Over Hitler's Europe (AE)
- Lauren Wachspress: Uncovering History in the Holy Land: F&M in Israel (AE)
- Sarah Wheaton: Humanitarian Intervention in Yugoslavia (AE)
- Yixu Chen: A Travel Film: the cultural history of the Hexi Corridor (AE)
Class of 2015
- Katherine Boas: Establishing Eye Care Programs in a Public Health and International Setting (AE)
- Leah Brenner: Social Conditions of Women & Children: Volunteering in Rabat, Morocco (CPS)
- Ryan Brenner: Research in Science & Engineering Internship in Germany (AE)
- Xinyu Deng: Early Development of Ainu Culture (AE)
- Gabrielle Ferry: Exploring Immunology: Attending the American Association of Immunonlogists Annual Meeting (AE)
- Josh Finkel: In Search of a More Affordable Mosquito Trap (AE)
- Adrian Glass: Social Entrepreneurship Corps; Guatemala (CPS)
- Warren Glynn: Filmmaking for Clients and Community (AE)
- Stephanie Karwacki: Empowering Guatemala: Strengthening the Community Through Individual Entrepreneurship (CPS)
- Jaclyn Khan: Korean Integration Through Lingual, Academic & Professional Experiences (AE)
- Wint Khine: Attendance at the 59th Annual Biophysical Society Meeting (AE)
- Yibin Liu: The Predicament of China's Community Bank and Solutions (AE)
- Michael Malloy: IFRS: Possibly the World's First Global Accounting System? (AE)
- Joel Naiman: Religion Meets Architecture and Ceramics: The Stratigraphic & Ceramic Contexts of PC6 (AE)
- Greg Olenginski: PCE-Sensing by the Two Component Signaling Proteins in Dehalococcoides mccartyi (AE)
- Lukasz Oleginski: Charactering Steric Limitation in a Heme Protein (AE)
- Sarah Rothman: Lion Rehabilitation in Antelope Park at Harare, Zimbabwe (CPS)
- Nicole Rynecki: Many Volunteers, One Mission: Bringing Medicine to Ghana (AE)
- Brenna Snyder: Child Care in Community: Morocco (CPS)
- Ryan Sukley: Project 1 - Summer 2014: Socioeconomic Development in La Paz, Bolivia (AE), Project 2 - Winter 2015: An Alternative to Development: Food Sovereinty Systems is Coastal Ecuador (AE)
- Amer Suljendic: Project 1 - Fall 2014: Fullbridge Finance Intensive Program (AE), Project 2 - Spring 2015: Attendance at Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E.) Forum
- Peter (Hanyu) Sun: Nitrile Vibrational Frequency Shift – Hydrogen Bonding (Attendance at the American Chemical Society Meeting and Exposition) (AE)
- Susan Talento: Attendance and Presentation of Paper (Nucleotide binding mediates NOD2 activation in vitro) at American Association of Immunologists Annual Meeting (AE)
- Ryan von Kleek: An Unmet Need For Medicine in Central America (CPS
Class of 2014
- Melissa Band: Investigation of neuropathology observed in Amish patients with Usher Syndrome IIIb (AE)
- Caitlin Brust: Benjamin Franklin's Identity as Revealed through Literary and Cultural Analysis (AE)
- Jennifer Dickey: Ghana Alternative Winter Break (CPS)
- Matthew Klimuszka: Attending the 2014 Building Climate Solutions Workshop (AE)
- Erika Jozwiak: Ghana Alternative Winter Break (CPS)
- Emma Lisle: Animal Care Enhancement in the Philadelphia Zoo (AE)
- Matthew Momjian: Independent Conducting Project - Beethoven's 3rd and Yardumian's Armenian Suite (AE)
- Nancy Presnick: Medical Volunteering in Cochabamba, Bolivia (CPS)
- Margaret Provencher: CODAS Syndrome Research (AE)
- Dani Roth: Health and Hygiene Education of Khayelitsha Township Youth (CPS)
- Kelby Sappington: Analyzing, rehearsing, and conducting Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique(AE)
- Carey Sentman: Ghana Alternative Winter Break (CPS)
- Lauren Silverman: The Pursuit of Happiness: Comparison of Happiness in America and Denmark (AE)
- Chloe Singer: Ghana Alternative Winter Break (CPS)
- Nicole Venezia: It's A Grand Old (Tea) Party: An Examination of the Relationship between the Tea Party and the Republican Party Establishment (AE)
- Nicole Zee: Crafting a Presence: Understanding Dance Performance (AE)
Class of 2013
- Evan Anway: Stratigraphic and Chemical Analysis of Concretions along Little Conestoga Creek (AE)
- Patrick Cunningham: Altering properties of copper sulfide (AE)
- Jennifer Gay: Unexpected Side Effects: Caring for HIV/AIDS Orphans in Limuru, Kenya (CPS)
- Kevin Hines: Expanding the Vibrational Reporter Toolbox for the Study of Protein Structure with Site-Specificity (AE)
- Austin Huffman: Changes in Tachycineta Glucocorticosteroids in Response to Environmental Stress (AE)
- Teresa Kline: Ghana Alternative Winter Break (CPS)
- Anne Kolesnikoff: Teaching Social Studies and Serving Communities in Ghana (CPS)
- Alexis Teevens: Ghana Alternative Winter Break (CPS)
- Katelyn Waligoske: Ghana: Learning, Service & Research In Action (CPS)
- Joshua Wesalo: Synthesis of Ganglioside GM3 for GM3 Synthase Deficiency Treatment (AE)
- Michael Zoeller: Environmental & Geological Dangers in the Developing World (CPS)