Connections, Mentoring, and Feedback: Summer Graduate Research Fellowship

Summer Graduate Research Fellowship, SuRF

Idle time is essential for innovation. How about the importance of designated time to expand on and explore topics for one’s professional development? Having the ability to focus solely on research, dismissing the distractions of the day-to-day, is a valuable, if rare, privilege for aspiring academics.

The program allowed me to focus my summer only on research. I was able to send two papers out for review and make precious progress on another project.

– Alessandra Del Ponte, Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore

As part of our mission, we are committed to supporting early-career scholars who intend on pursuing their research in the classical liberal tradition. Our invite-only Summer Graduate Research Fellowship is a key opportunity for late-stage graduate students and post-docs to write and polish their work.

“The program allowed me to focus my summer only on research,” said former Fellow Alessandro Del Ponte, a Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore. “I was able to send two papers out for review and make precious progress on another project.”

This program helped me connect with extremely talented thinkers who provided me with actionable, constructive suggestions which have already improved my research. This summer was my most productive in graduate school!

– Dr. Jakina Debnam Guzman, Assistant Professor of Economics at Amherst College

Held in late May and mid-August, the Fellowship hosts two three-day conferences for a small group of scholars to present and discuss their work. This Fellowship is directed by Dr. Bill Glod, who received his PhD from Tulane University and taught philosophy there for several years.

While the research process can often be an isolating experience, this Fellowship proves it doesn’t have to be. The program includes close mentoring from faculty and constructive feedback in order to best develop papers with the aim of publication.

“This program helped me connect with extremely talented thinkers who provided me with actionable, constructive suggestions which have already improved my research,” said former Fellow Dr. Jakina Debnam Guzman, now Assistant Professor of Economics at Amherst College. “This summer was my most productive in graduate school!”

As someone in a traditional economics program, I rarely get the chance to engage with people from other disciplines. The [program] allowed me to spend lots of time listening to and discussing with some of the best young researchers in new fields.

– Brian Colin Albrecht, PhD Candidate in the Department of Economics

Participants come from a variety of institutions. This is a unique experience to network and interact with a community of like-minded scholars from a range of specialties. From King’s College London to New York University, this research fellowship supports global, top talent who hope to enter the academy.

Brian Colin Albrecht, a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, loved the interdisciplinary nature of the fellowship.

“As someone in a traditional economics program, I rarely get the chance to engage with people from other disciplines,” said Albrecht. “The [program] allowed me to spend lots of time listening to and discussing with some of the best young researchers in new fields.”

We understand that it can be financially challenging for students to balance life expenses with the demands of research. The Summer Graduate Research Fellowship relieves that burden with a $5,000 stipend, as well as a travel and housing allowance to attend the two conferences.

The ultimate icing on the cake of the Summer Graduate Research Fellowship? By refining their work, participants position themselves well to apply for jobs in academia. Past participants have used their paper workshopped in the program as a professional writing sample or job market presentation.

The Summer Graduate Research Fellowship is an unparalleled opportunity to foster the work of emerging academics in the classical liberal tradition.

For more information, please refer to the Summer Graduate Research Fellowship page. Interested in our other funding? Learn more about our scholarships and grants for graduate students.

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