Sentinels Summer Public Policy Research Fellowship

Because of the challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic, this year’s Sentinels Fellowship Program (pending Senior Staff approval) will fund only remote (ie., off-campus and virtual) research projects. Please note the requirements related to this change, detailed below.

This U.S. public policy research program supports student research projects focused on contemporary issues in U.S. economic, social, and/or environmental policy, including but not limited to community and regional development, regulation, inequality, and/or processes and powers of American Government at any level.  Sentinels Fellows are awarded research funding based primarily upon their written project proposal.

  • Overview: The Sentinels Summer Fellowship supports student projects focused on contemporary issues in U.S. economic, social and/or environmental policy, including but not limited to community and regional development, regulation, inequality, and/or processes and powers of American government.  Applicants are encouraged to propose projects in which they will engage in partnership with local community organizations. Due to the current health crisis, projects must be conducted remotely and follow the social distancing and other guidelines in place where you are living.

    Terms: This competitive fellowship provides a range of stipends from 4 weeks to 10 weeks along with a $500 field research expense budget to cover remote research during the summer. Projects must be guided by a  Williams faculty member, who will commit to regular oversight of the Sentinel Fellow’s work throughout the research period.

    Eligibility: Open to rising Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors.

    Applicants should submit the following information to the Center for Learning in Action via this online form (https://forms.gle/i4G9GeZ6Pi4X1TRF7) by  May 3rd, 2020.

    • Research proposal (not to exceed 3.5 pages)
    • Transcript
    • Letter of support from Williams Faculty Project Advisor confirming a) their willingness to confer at least weekly with you and b) your capacity to conduct the research remotely
    • If relevant, an additional letter from a specialty advisor (need not be a Williams faculty member)

    The research proposal should include the following:

    1. the topic and key questions which will be addressed in the investigation
    2. the nature of the research work involved (the means by which the questions will be addressed)
    3. description of how the research will be conducted remotely (including key resources and how they'll be accessed)
    4. the timeframe for conducting the research
    5. the expected outcomes
    6. how the applicant’s background and prior studies helped prepare them for this project

    Those receiving fellowships will be notified by mid to late May.

    Students awarded a Sentinels Fellowship will be expected to produce a report by August 18th, 2020 as well as an abstract to be posted on the Sentinels webpage.

    Please note that Sentinels funding does not support unpaid internships, business planning projects or non-U.S. policy research. Proposals involving fieldwork are strongly encouraged.

    For more information, contact Dr. Paula Consolini ([email protected]), Director of the Center for Learning in Action or other Sentinels Selection Committee members: Professor Cathy Johnson ([email protected]), Professor Nicole Mellow ([email protected]), and Professor Stephen Sheppard ([email protected]).

    Abstracts and samples of past Sentinels reports can be viewed below.

For more information, contact Paula Consolini ([email protected]), Director of the Center for Learning in Action or other Sentinels Selection Committee members: Professor Cathy Johnson ([email protected]), Professor Nicole Mellow ([email protected]), and Professor Stephen Sheppard ([email protected]).