Research Fellowships
The Baylor Interdisciplinary Poverty Initiative's 8-10 week summer fellowships are available to Baylor undergraduates who propose substantive projects designed to address social concerns locally, nationally, and globally. Students are chosen for their commitment to create systemic social change and typically work with established non-profit organizations or civic groups. Applicants should provide the following:

Objectives:

  1. To promote faculty-directed scholastic projects connected to students' academic discipline
  2. To enable student leaders to develop and execute outcome-based projects responsive to identified critical needs in a community or related to a specific social issue
  3. To facilitate undergraduate research and promote opportunities to present and publish work in local and national forums
  4. To provide a forum for students to academically reflect on the nature and quality of their work with other student and community partners
  5. To develop sustainable (multi-year) relationships with existing non-profits and civic leaders to address such needs

Characteristics:

The experience must foremost promote activism and scholarship; the student's scholastic goals and objectives must be met in conjunction with the organization's goals and objectives. General characteristics for a strong project proposal include:
  • High value for the target audience
  • Outline of realistic goals attainable within the time frame of the project
  • Defined action plans for any work that must occur before or after the summer experience
  • Proven understanding of the goals of the host organization and how the project relates to the host organization's mission and goals
  • Clear explaination of process to develop project

Apply:

Submit complete project proposal along with the following documents to A_Allen@baylor.edu:
  • Current resume
  • Unofficial transcript (including Fall 2010 grades)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Brief personal statement
  • Detailed Budget:
  • Projected expenses, including transportation costs, room and board, and project expenses

Executive Summary:

Brief statement of the proposed focus of the fellowship experience; broad overview of mission, purpose, philosophy behind research project

Action Plan:

  • Clarify the community need and/or issue that your project will address
  • Explain how your project will address these needs and/or issue by outlining the overall goal and specific objectives for your work
  • Provide an approximate timeline of activities Brief background information on proposed community partner
  • Explain relationship between proposed partner agency and the subject matter of your proposal

S E L E C T I O N :

We strongly encourage students to discuss ideas for projects with BIPI staff before the application deadline. Developing a suitable project takes time, and regular consultation with professors, advisers and community partners/non-profits is advised. Fellowships are intended for individuals whose application, reference(s), and interview demonstrate:
  • Need for the project and potential impact on the community (short- and long-term)
  • Feasibility and viability of the project
  • Quality of direct interaction and collaboration with the community partner and community being served
  • Innovation in the project design
  • Relationship of the project to the applicant's background and future plans
  • Ability, initiative, motivation and demonstrated commitment of the applicant
  • Flexibility and willingness to adjust project plans in accordance with community needs
Additional considerations for applicants proposing international projects:
  • The applicant's ability to speak the native language
  • Prior experience in the country or local community
  • Adequate in-country community connections (international projects require a local community partner, U.S. representatives or affiliates are not acceptable substitutes)
  • Safety: the safety of travel to any international destination is reviewed up until time of departure. BIPI's program must adhere to Baylor's International Travel Policy. U.S. Department of State travel advisories can be obtained online.
Additional considerations for applicants proposing research-oriented projects:
  • Proposals should respond to an organization's informational needs and identify significant policy and/or practice issues for investigation
  • Projects should be designed to have a specific and timely impact on current policy and/or practice
Selection committee:
  • BIPI faculty chair
  • BIPI faculty advisory committee
  • BIPI coordinator
  • BIPI project manager

Timeline:

Applications due March 15
Interviews March 16-19
Placements awarded April 1

Funding:

Fellows will receive a $3,000-$5,000 stipend depending on the geographical location of their project. Work-study funding may be different; please denote in project proposal if you qualify for Baylor financial aid. Interns and fellows are generally placed on the payroll of the host organization, but this may vary according to location.

Contact:

For more information contact Amanda Allen, A_Allen@baylor.edu, Ext 3977


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