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Funded Summer Opportunities

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:

Questions about the RAISE program should be directed to Amanda Jorgensen:

Oldenborg Research and Travel Grant

Summer 2020 applications now open! At this point, we are still accepting Oldenborg Grant applications and have extended the application deadline to April 1. The College has not, however, decided whether it will be able to fund any student travel this summer. Students will receive updates once policies are clearer.

Application Deadline: April 01, 2020

Who can apply? Pomona College juniors (rising seniors) may apply for funding to complete research toward the senior thesis/exercise.

The Oldenborg Research and Travel Grant offers financial support to help cover expenses for international research for a senior thesis or senior exercise. Domestic projects with a focus on languages other than English will also be considered. Awards may be made in varying amounts up to a total of $5,500. Grant awardees present a summary of their research and experiences during a special student research presentation (Oldenborg Luncheon Colloquium) held in spring semester during Family Weekend.

For More Information on these summer opportunities, contact Anne Dwyer, Associate Dean for Curriculum and International Initiatives: