Grant Application Examples

EXAMPLE 1 (Travel)

EXAMPLE 2 (Conference)

EXAMPLE 3 (Service Project)

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EXAMPLE 1 (Travel):

Title of your Marshall Fellow Academic Enrichment Project: Dance in its Place and Time

Short description of your project:

Ballet has enjoyed a long history throughout European cultures. How do today’s great European ballet companies represent their historical lineage? By traveling to Paris, London, and Copenhagen, I will study dance in its place and time by watching modern ballet performances by their historic companies.

Project Start Date        05/15/2015

Project End Date          05/31/2015

EXPLAIN YOUR MARSHALL FELLOW ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT PROJECT.

Please include the following in your explanation:

1. Your goals

2. How you plan to carry out these goals

3. What prepares you personally to meet these goals

4. The benefits of the project

5. How you expect to share your results with others on or off campus. (Most essays are between 500-1,000 words.)

My Marshall Fellow Project, titled "Dance in its Place and Time," will be a combination of my past experience and present opportunity to learn more about a topic that is interesting to me and relevant to my academic goals. I plan to examine ballet in its historical context by traveling to Paris, Copenhagen, and London to see live performances by three major ballet companies and to tour museum exhibits displaying dance. I hope to answer the question of how dance, particularly ballet, fits into the cultural narrative of these three historic cities.

As a double major in history and dance, I am constantly striving to connect my two academic interests in a meaningful way, and this project achieves that goal. I chose ballet as the focus of this study because of its long history in each of these cities as well as its prominent place in dance history itself. I am especially curious of how these two realms intersect in present-day performance. How does ballet rank among other art forms displayed in the city? How do the audience members react to the performance? Does the way in which historic ballet is presented contrast with or adapt to modern surroundings? These are questions I cannot answer without observing the present state of ballet in its historic homes, accompanied by detailed note-taking and supportive evidence found in programs from each performance and museum exhibit I visit.

These three cities are ideal for this study because they are each associated with a rich lineage of dance history. Paris is the city in which ballet was “invented” by the dancing masters of King Louis XIV. Because of this fact, Paris is a natural starting point for examining ballet history, as it has remained the home of premiere ballet training throughout the history of the art form and is, thus, the city with the longest-standing tradition of ballet training and presentation. Copenhagen is similarly associated with its own system of ballet technique, this one created by August Bournonville. Bournonville, a Danish dancer, has had a lasting impact on the heritage of ballet in Denmark. He also published letters during his lifetime that criticized the work of the Paris Opera Ballet, which are included in my bibliography. The influence of Bournonville has contributed to the Danish Ballet’s balance between history and today’s cutting edge. Finally, the city of London en! joys a younger, yet still distinctive, ballet history. It does not have its own associated ballet technique, but The Royal Ballet is the national company of Britain and has been home to many prominent dancers, choreographers, and its own school. England also enjoyed a strong ballet tradition in the 18th century that influenced the development of the Royal Ballet School as well as the Royal Academy of Dance. Each of these cities has a different relationship with ballet in its cultural history, and I am interested to see how this dynamic is presented as part of each city’s present-day culture.

My research experience certainly has prepared me for this project. Last summer, I conducted archival research on 19th-century Philadelphia ballet while working as a Hackman Scholar with Professor Lynn Brooks. This semester, I am completing an independent study with Pamela Vail that focuses on the histories of various European ballet-training techniques. This includes study of the French method, Danish Bournonville technique, and Vaganova and Cecchetti techniques that influenced the Royal Ballet School’s training. Finally, I have included texts in my ever-growing bibliography that explain the relationship between dance, museum exhibits, and a city’s history. These skills and tools will continue to prepare me for independent research as I execute my Marshall Project.

Besides the educational benefits of this project, I look forward to the experience of traveling to these cities. I have never traveled outside of the United States, and this project presents me with the opportunity to visit three cities with a specific focus on a topic that is extremely interesting to me - dance history. I plan to share the results of this work by writing a paper to summarize my observations and presenting these findings at the Fall Research Fair. Other potential audiences for my presentation include the F&M Dance department and members of Brooks College House.

As an historian and dancer, I appreciate the way in which art forms reflect the culture in which they are created. This includes visual arts, architecture, and theatre. By being in the cities and theatres themselves, I can study and experience the art first-hand. I can compare the new and old opera houses in each city to see how art-related structures have changed over time. Being in the historic home of dance is therefore an essential component of answering my research question. By completing my proposed Marshall Fellow Project, I hope to find another connection between history and dance that will fuel my curiosity in future research projects.

Please Provide additional information about any organizations and people you will be working with on this project as well as any trip itinerary. Please be as complete as possible and try to keep this at 500 words or less.

Trip Itinerary:

May 16- May 21, Paris. This includes attending a performance by the Paris Opera Ballet of either Paquita by Pierre Lacotte or L’Histoire de Manon by Kenneth MacMillan, as well as tours of this historic opera house and ballet displays.

May 22- May 26, Copenhagen. This includes attending a performance by the Royal Danish Ballet of new works at the new opera house, as well as a tour of the historic opera house and baroque dance theatre.

May 26-30, London. This includes attending a performance by The Royal Ballet including Afternoon of a Faun and In the Night by Jerome Robbins as well as Song of the Earth by Kenneth MacMillan.

May 30/31- Travel back to Paris by train for the flight to Philadelphia.

Please Provide your preliminary Bibliography. Provide at least three (3) sources you will read to prepare for your project.

1. Bournonville, August. Letters on Dance and Choreography. trans. Knud Arne Jürgensen. London: Dance Books, Ltd., 1999.

2. Evans. Jessica and David Boswell, ed. Representing the Nation: A Reader. Histories, Heritage, and Museums. Routledge, 1999.

3. Guest, Ivor. The Paris Opéra Ballet. Alton: Dance Books, 2006.

4. Guest, Ivor. The Romantic Ballet in England: Its Development, Fulfillment, and Decline. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press.

5. Jordan, Stephanie, ed.. Preservation Politics: Dance Revived, Reconstructed, Remade. Dance Books, 2000.

Describe any additional educational experiences that will result from the project. Please keep this to 100 words or less.

In my senior year, I plan to complete an independent study in the Dance department with intentions of applying for Honors in this project. I hope to explore how modern dance expresses and exhibits fundamental elements of American history, and my Marshall project will inform my research on this topic: studying dance in its historical context abroad, will prepare me for studying the same topic in the American context, and help me to appreciate the ways that dance is shaped by its national, political, historical setting.

Be sure you understand what is required for an oral presentation or poster that is submitted to the Campus Research Fair.

I understand and agree that I must submit an oral presentation or poster for the Campus Research Fair.

Please provide a working title for this presentation.

Dance in its Place and Time

PERSONAL TRAVEL EXPENSE ESTIMATES:

Closely approximate and list cost of all travel expenses related to this project.

Itemize each estimated travel expense and provide a total travel expense figure. Be sure to include train fare, airfare, automobile, etc. If you are traveling abroad, please be aware that you are required to purchase health insurance specifically designed for short term international study and research. Frontier MedEx is the policy used by Franklin and Marshall. You may find information on the policy and also purchase online at this site: https://cmi-insurance.com/travel-medical-insurance/studentsscholars.aspx#StudyAbroad. Please be sure to add this expense to your total travel cost estimate.

Round-trip Flight from PHL to Paris: $1200

Train from London to Paris: $59

Flight from Paris to Copenhagen: $80

Flight from Copenhagen to London: $40

Insurance: $34

Metro/Taxi costs: $300

(Total for Travel section: $1713)

MATERIALS OR EQUIPMENT EXPENSE ESTIMATES:

Provide an itemized list of all materials and/or equipment needed for this project.

Provide an estimated itemized materials/ equipment expense and provide a total expense figure. NOTE: Books and equipment purchased with College funds become the property of the College. You may petition to retain possession.

Ticket to see Paris Opera Ballet: $150

Ticket to see Royal Danish Ballet: $31

Ticket to see Royal Ballet in London: $87 (based on costs for Spring ballet)

Tour of Palais Garnier: $16

Tour of Danish Opera House: $16

Tour of Royal Opera House: $19

(Total for Materials section: $319)

LIVING EXPENSE ESTIMATES:

Closely approximate and list estimates of all lodging expenses related to your project.

Provide an estimated itemized daily lodging expense and provide a total lodging expense figure.

Hotels in Paris: $600

Hotels in Copenhagen: $500

Hotels in London: $400

(Total Living Expenses: $1500)

MEAL EXPENSE ESTIMATES:

Estimate per diem meal expenses necessary to cover your entire project.

$30 per day = $510

List any fees, such as conference registration fees.

If none state "No Fees"           No fees.

 

List any other expenses that you estimate will be incurred for your project.            N/A

List the TOTAL ESTIMATED EXPENSES for this project.         $4042.00

Other funding sources            $42.00

Name the source(s) of funds you included in the above amount.      Personal funds.

TOTAL FUNDS you are requesting from the College. $4000.00

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EXAMPLE 2 (Conference):

Title of your Marshall Fellow Academic Enrichment Project

Attendance at the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting

Short description of your project:

This is the 249th American Chemical Society (ACS) national meeting, which will take place at Denver, CO from March 22 – 26, 2015. The ACS meeting will highlight latest discoveries in multiple fields of chemistry, such as on carbohydrate metabolism and radical catalyst chemistry.

Project Start Date    03/20/2015

Project End Date    03/24/2015

EXPLAIN YOUR MARSHALL FELLOW ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT PROJECT.

Please include the following in your explanation:

1. Your goals

2. How you plan to carry out these goals

3. What prepares you personally to meet these goals

4. The benefits of the project

5. How you expect to share your results with others on or off campus (Most essays are between 500-1,000 words.)

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific community and one of the world’s leading sources of scientific information. As such, the conference will cover numerous topics on chemistry research. I expect to attend the conference sessions and listen to poster presentations.

 

The conference begins on March 22, 2015 (Sunday) and ends on March 26, 2015. However, I expect to stay only until March 24, 2015. Nevertheless, I will be able to attend and listen to the main lecture series; the Kavli Foundation Lecture Series, which highlights recent groundbreaking discovery, will take place on March, 23, 2015. The first presenter is Dr. Laura L. Kiessling, Steenbock, Professor of Chemistry, Laurens Anderson Professor of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, who will be presenting on the differences in the carbohydrates on the cell surface of mammals and microbes. This is a really interesting talk because it compares macroscopic and microscopic organism. The second presenter is Dr. Theodore Betley, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, who will present on the development of radical catalysts in chemical reactions. Moreover, there is also a plenary session on Sunday March 22, 2014 that will focus on natural resources. The ! full links to the Kalvi Foundation and the plenary session are provided: http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/meetings/spring-2015/program/kavli-lecture-series.html

http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/meetings/spring-2015/program/plenary-session.html

 

I expect the trip to be highly beneficial. At this point in my career, I am still deciding on whether going into medicine or conducing chemistry research in a research/industry setting. Attending this conference will expose me to different fields of research in chemistry, such as biochemistry, organic chemistry and environmental chemistry. Moreover, I will have an opportunity to meet with students and scholars from numerous academic settings.

 

In preparation for the trip, it will be appropriate to read relevant research articles so that I will have a general idea on the topics that will be presented at the conference. Therefore, I have listed some articles that that are relevant to the talks in the Kalvi Foundation lecture series and the Plenary session (please see bibliography section).

 

I have previously applied for the Marshall Funding to attend a Biophysical conference (the week of February 7, 2015) and will be doing a poster presentation on the history of the conference at the April research fair. I expect to do a similar, albeit, briefer version/poster on the important general history of the ACS conference and on the one most interesting topic that I learned at the conference.

 

I will have to register to attend the conference at a discounted rate as a student and reserve hotel room. Thus, I am requesting funding in advance to register online and make necessary reservations, preferably by or before Friday February 20, 2015 (the last date to get discounted registration for hotel is on February 24, 2015; the time span between Feb 20 and Feb 24 will allow me to book hotel and air plane tickets accordingly.)

 

Please Provide additional information about any organizations and people you will be working with on this project as well as any trip itinerary. Please be as complete as possible and try to keep this at 500 words or less:

The 249th ACS meeting will be at Denver, CO form March 22-26, 2015. Professor Phyllis Leber is my adviser for the trip. I expect to leave on March 19 or 20 (Thurs/Friday) and return on March 24 (Tuesday).

 

Please Provide your preliminary Bibliography. Please provide at least three (3) sources you will read to prepare for your project.

Kiessling LL, Kraft MB. Chemistry. A path to complex carbohydrates. Science. 2013 Jul 26;341(6144):357-8.

Z. M. Aman, K. Olcott, K. Pfeiffer, E. D. Sloan, A. K. Sum, and C. A. Koh, “Surfactant Adsorption and Interfacial Tension Investigations on Cyclopentane Hydrate,” Langmuir, 29 (8), 2676-2682 (2013).

Iron-mediated Intermolecular N-Group Transfer Chemistry with Olefinic Substrates Hennessy, E.T.; Liu, R.Y.; Iovan, D.A.; Duncan, R.A.; Betley, T.A. Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 1526.

Describe any additional educational experiences that will result from the project. (Please keep this to 100 words or less.)

This will be my second time attending an academic conference, which is related to my major, classes, and my overall interest. This conference will allow me to meet with research universities and professors, which will help me with my future plans in graduate school.

I understand and agree that I must submit an oral presentation or poster for the Campus Research Fair.

Please provide a working title for this presentation.

A poster presentation is expected about this ACS conference.

*I am presenting a poster on the Biophysical Conference (a different conference) with Dr. Fenlon at the Spring research fair*

PERSONAL TRAVEL EXPENSE ESTIMATES:

Closely approximate and list cost of all travel expenses related to this project.

Itemize each estimated travel expense and provide a total travel expense figure. Be sure to include train fare, airfare, automobile, etc. If you are traveling abroad, please be aware that you are required to purchase health insurance specifically designed for short term international study and research. Frontier MedEx is the policy used by Franklin and Marshall. You may find information on the policy and also purchase online at this site: https://cmi-insurance.com/travel-medical-insurance/studentsscholars.aspx#StudyAbroad. Please be sure to add this expense to your total travel cost estimate.

Air plane tickets from Philadelphia, PA to Denver, CO: highly variable (ranges from $300 - $400 for round trip)

Travel from Lancaster, PA to Philadelphia, PA to airport (round trip): $50

Taxi cost: $100 (depends on distance between meeting and hotel, availability of shuttle at the conference)

MATERIALS OR EQUIPMENT EXPENSE ESTIMATES:

Poster presentation, cost: $100

LIVING EXPENSE ESTIMATES:

Closely approximate and list estimates of all lodging expenses related to your project. Provide an estimated itemized daily lodging expense and provide a total lodging expense figure.   

Expected stays from Friday March 20, 2015 to Tuesday March 24, 2015 (4 nights)

Depending on hotel availability, high end estimate is $250 per night without tax, so for four nights, $1000, plus about $200 in taxes = $1,200.

MEAL EXPENSE ESTIMATES:

Estimate per diem meal expenses necessary to cover your entire project:

$50 per day, for 5 days = $250

List any fees, such as conference registration fees.

Student nonmember, undergraduate conference fees $200

List any other expenses that you estimate will be incurred for your project.

Unaccounted for taxes, fluctuations in hotel/flight availability $140

List the TOTAL ESTIMATED EXPENSES for this project.    $2440.00

Other funding sources    $0.00

TOTAL FUNDS you are requesting from the College.    $2440.00

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EXAMPLE 3 (Service project)

Title of your CPS Marshall Project

Volunteering in Theory and in Practice: Project in Sapa, Vietnam

Short description of your project.

This is a one-month volunteering project that involves teaching English, Vietnamese, Math and IT skills to local students in Sapa, a mountainous area in the province of Lao Cai, Vietnam. The project will also incorporate a 12-week pre-departure component of online learning about volunteerism.

EXPLAIN YOUR CPS MARSHALL PROJECT. 
Please include the following in your explanation: 
1. Your goals 
2. How you plan to carry out these goals 
3. What prepares you personally to meet these goals 
4. The benefits of the project 
5. How you expect to share your results with others on or off campus
Please try to keep your essay to around 500 words.

Similar to many other twenty-something students, I lack a clear vision of what I will do with my future. However, there are three factors that I am certain about. First, I aspire to be a passionate and helpful person who can bring positive impacts to any communities that I am involved in. Secondly, I expect to use the knowledge and skills that I have pursued throughout my years in college to help create those impacts. Thirdly, I hope to contribute as much as possible to Vietnam, where I came from. As a result, I have tried to combine these three aspirations into the design of my Marshall Fellow Project.

My project will take place in Sapa, a mountainous town in Lao Cai, Vietnam. It has two main components: learning and community service. Before going to Sapa, I will take a 12-week online pre-departure class with the EdGE Program (www.omprakash.org/edge). This program is separate from the organization Sapa O’Chau that I previously mentioned, and will provide me lessons on volunteering in developing countries, so that I will be better equipped with information on how to channel my effort in directions that are most apt to be of benefit to others. After the class, I will be ready to return to Vietnam and start my 4-week volunteering experience, which mainly involves teaching and developing curriculum. 

Having clear goals is as important as having good intentions. I expect that in one month, as an assistance teacher, I could consolidate and improve the knowledge and skills in English of the children who study at the high school run by Sapa O’Chau. At the same time, I will complete proofreading and editing the curriculum. While the demand for subjects like Math and IT is not great, I hope to provide adequate support to help the students who are in need as well. While teaching is my main job, I will also engage in helping with other tasks that come up, including translating and editing documents. 

My background is the reason why I have designed this project and also why I believe I would be qualified to carry it out. Being a Vietnamese who is studying abroad in the US, I am fluent in both English and Vietnamese and can comfortably communicate to most of the people in Sapa, including the local and the non-local residents. Furthermore, my major is Psychology and Computer Science, which means I could also offer lessons in Math and IT with certain knowledge of how to make the best out of the students’ learning experience. Last but not least, I also have volunteering experiences of teaching English to refugee girls in Lancaster. 

The project will provide benefits for both myself and for the people that Sapa O’Chau is working with. I will be able to fulfill my personal goal, seeing how I could fit volunteering into my future life and what I could do effectively to be a helpful person. The project will also benefit the locals in Sapa because they will have more human resource during the rainy season, when fewer people come to visit, and because I could help provide consistent, diverse and focused support to the educational aspect of the social enterprise. 

After volunteering in Sapa, I would be happy to share my experience with other people. Apart from word-of-mouth storytelling to my friends and acquaintances, I will also present my experiences to future Marshall Fellows, in F&M’s Research Fair as well as with any other opportunities that open up. 

Please Provide:
A detailed trip itinerary that includes that amount of time you will be involved with your service project on each day.
Please be as complete as possible.

Before going to Sapa:
Take online weekly lessons with the EdGE Program during a 12-week period (approximately 3-5 hours/week)

When in Sapa:
Monday to Friday:  
8 am to 4 pm (details will be based on the school schedule):
- Being Assistant Teacher in English and Vietnamese classes
- Teaching Math or IT skills based on demand
- Providing one-on-one English talks to help train the staffs
- Discussing curriculum development with teachers 

After 4 pm: Helping with any task that may come up, including but not limited to:
- Improving training documents for tour guides
- Editing or translating written materials
- Blogging
- Small DIY projects at the school, the office, or the café.
- Writing reflection 
- Lesson planning

Saturday and early Sunday:
- Trekking/visiting local markets and villages
- Learning about the area through reading and talking to the people