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 frontline work in partnership with community organizations.
Terms: This competitive fellowship provides a stipend of $4,600, a $500 field research expense budget and on-campus housing to cover 8 weeks of research and related fieldwork from mid-June to mid-August. Projects must be guided by a project advisor, preferably 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.
- Research proposal (not to exceed 2.5 pages)
- Name and contact information of Project Advisor
- Name of an additional Williams Faculty member willing to serve as a reference
The research proposal should include the following:
- the topic and key questions which will be addressed in the investigation
- the nature of the research work involved (the means by which the questions will be addressed)
- the expected outcomes
- how the applicant’s background and prior studies helped prepare him/her for this project
Those receiving fellowships will be notified by April 28th.
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.
- Examples of Past Sentinels Proposals (PDF)
- The Administration of Refugee Resettlement in the United States: An Analysis of the Wilson-Fish Alternative Program (Austin Anderson '19)
- Evaluating the Arts in Berkshire County: A Sentinels Report (Anna DeLoi '18)
- Improving Transportation Access Among Seniors in Berkshire County: Problems and Potential Solutions (Robert Dulin '19)
- Food Insecurity and SNAP in the Berkshires: A Portrait (Coly Elhai '19)
- Reproductive Rights and Access: Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont (Madeleine Elyze '18)
- Structural Factors for Success in Berkshire County’s Public-Private Juvenile Alternative Sentencing Programs (Nicholas Goldrosen '20)
- Using Storytelling in the Public School Classroom: The StoryBridge Model -- A New Approach for Bridging Academics and Social and Emotional Learning (Louisa Kania '19)
- Assessing State and Federal Policies in the US: CAFOs, Transparency, and Bottlenecks in Livestock and Dairy Production (Jessica Muñoz '19)
- Policy and Parenting: An Ethnographic Study of Public Education and Religious Life (Michaela Smith '20)
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]).