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Funded Summer Opportunities

Oldenborg Grant

We’re happy to share the following call for proposals for the 2021 Oldenborg Grant. Even though we are unable to fund student travel this year, we look forward to receiving applications from students who would benefit from the opportunity to immerse themselves in work towards a senior exercise or immerse themselves in an intensive language study program this summer. These funds are meant to offset living expenses that would otherwise be met by income from a summer job.

The standard award amount is $2,500. Additional funding may be available depending on the cost of the program and the number of applications funded.

Projects and participation in language programs should not involve or be contingent on travel.

Recipients may not participate in both the Oldenborg grant and any other Pomona College employment or stipend programs during Summer 2021.

To be eligible students must be enrolled full-time for the spring semester and planning on returning in the fall.

Application deadline: Midnight PST, Sunday, April 4

Send all materials by e-mail to: oldenborg@pomona.edu

For more information contact Carolina De la Rosa Bustamante, Staff Director of Oldenborg, and Paul Cahill, Faculty Director of Oldenborg: Carolina.delarosa@pomona.edu, paul.cahill@pomona.edu. We highly encourage interested students to reach out to us before submitting their proposals.

Research Project Option

Eligibility:

  • Currently-enrolled Pomona seniors (expected to graduate in Fall 2021) or rising seniors
  • Work towards a senior thesis/exercise
  • Projects should have a significant international component
  • Projects must comply with COVID-19 public health guidelines

A completed proposal will include the following information:

Basic Information:

  • Name
  • Current class year
  • Major(s)
  • Pomona email address
  • Pomona Student ID
  • Primary Project Location
  • Name of the faculty member endorsing your project (they will be contacted upon submission of your application)
  1. Title
  2. The form your senior exercise will take (thesis, paper, project, performance, exam, etc.)
  3. The methodology used in the project (if your project involves human subjects, list any classes you have taken that have prepared you for this sort of work)
  4. A list of courses you’ve taken or other experience(s) that have prepared you to undertake this sort of project (courses don’t have to be from your major department/field)
  5. Language(s) you will be working with for this project
  6. An overview of the material you will be working with, including whether you already have this material or if part of the work for the grant will be to collect it
  7. A brief discussion of the desired outcome of the summer work (i.e. what you plan to accomplish by the end of the grant period)
  8. Name(s) of the professor(s) who will be supervising your senior exercise
  9. If you are requesting more than $2,500, a detailed budget explaining how the money would be spent
  10. Tentative dates for your work on the project (a minimum of 4 weeks)
  11. A list of other Pomona-funded summer opportunities you’ve applied to (or plan to apply to) for summer 2021

Intensive Language Study Option

Eligibility:

  • Currently-enrolled Pomona first-years through rising seniors
  • Preference will be given to less-commonly taught languages and languages not taught at the 5Cs
  • Programs must comply with COVID-19 public health guidelines

A completed proposal will include:

Basic Information:

  • Name
  • Current class year
  • Major(s)
  • Pomona email address
  • Pomona Student ID
  1. Language you would like to study
  2. Why you want to study this language, and how studying it fits into your plans (both current and future)
  3. If this language is offered at the 5Cs, an explanation of why you are seeking funding to study it during the summer
  4. A discussion of your experience studying/learning languages
  5. The name of the program you’ve identified and the institution offering it
  6. Cost of the program. If you are requesting more than $2,500, provide a detailed budget explaining how the money would be spent.
  7. Link to additional information about the program you’ve identified
  8. An explanation of why you think this specific program is a good fit for your goals
  9. A list of other Pomona-funded summer opportunities you’ve applied to (or plan to apply to) for summer 2021

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The Yidan Endowed Fund for Transformative Learning Opportunities for the Study of Asia

The Yidan Endowed Fund for Transformative Learning Opportunities for the Study of Asia will in 2021 support student language study and experiential learning as part of Pomona’s Remote Alternative Independent Summer Experience (RAISE) initiative.

The Yidan Endowed Fund supports learning that engages deeply with Asia (broadly conceived) and Asian cultures. Language study, research, community engagement and master classes are among the types of projects that will be considered. Stipends are capped at the level set by RAISE; students proposing to study Asian languages may be eligible for additional funding to cover tuition costs.

Students interested in this opportunity should submit their application through RAISE. There will be a check box in the RAISE application indicating that the proposal be considered for the “Yidan Endowed Fund for Transformative Learning Opportunities for the Study of Asia.”  Applications should conform to RAISE guidelines. In addition, Yidan applicants should explain how their project engages deeply with Asia and reflect on its potential significance for their personal, academic, and career development.

As in the case of the larger RAISE initiative, the college will require compliance with the college travel policy and all Covid-19 safety protocols in place at the time the applications are evaluated.

Recipients may not participate in both RAISE and any other Pomona College employment or stipend programs during Summer 2021 (e.g., PCIP, Mellon-Mays, Humanities Studio, Beckman, departmental funding). RAISE is considered a full-time commitment, so during the six-week period of the award, recipients may not also engage in other employment or in a summer stipend or internship program at another college or university.

Applications are due via SM Apply by 11:59 pm, February 12, 2021.

Please direct any questions about the Yidan Fellowship to Associate Dean Anne Dwyer: anne.dwyer@pomona.edu.

Questions about the RAISE program should be directed to Amanda Jorgensen: Amanda.Jorgensen@pomona.edu.