To foster vigorous and independent humanistic scholarship by Haverford students, HCAH offers research stipends supporting:
- Travel to professional conferences
- Travel to cultural events integral to a research or creative project
- Travel to libraries, collections, or museums for research
- Obtaining materials needed for a research project unavailable in Tri-Co collections
A faculty letter of recommendation is not required; however, we ask that you discuss your proposal with a faculty member with whom we may be in touch if there are additional questions.
Proposals should include:
- Name/class year
- Major, minor/concentration
- Faculty sponsor name and email address(be sure to tell your faculty sponsor you'll be putting down his/her name)
- A description of your project; how will you utilize the funding? How does the project relate to your coursework? Timeline?
- A detailed, itemized budget of expenses (travel, lodging, etc.)
Summer Research Fellowships
These competitive grants are designed to support thesis-related or otherwise substantive research projects, enabling students to spend the summer visiting archives, learning a language necessary to scholarship, or dedicating their time to a focused program of reading.
Students proposing a research project should work closely with a faculty member and Library staff to articulate a focused question, problem, or area of study to be explored; if proposing travel, students must verify in consultation with Library staff or faculty member that the suggested location of research is necessary to the project. Students must also demonstrate prior interest and background in the proposed area of study, having ideally taken at least one course at an advanced level in that field.
Summer Research Fellowships may last up to 10 weeks in length. Fellows must propose a research budget that includes food, lodging, travel, commuting costs, and any related research expenses particular to the project (admission to libraries, archives, museums, galleries, or relevant performances; the purchase of books, films, or other texts). Students receiving financial aid who have a summer earnings contribution may apply to the Hurford Center for supplemental support.
Throughout the summer, students will contribute to the Hurford Center's blog Decentered, documenting their work. Students will also present their summer research at a "Works-in-Progress" reception in the fall, hosted by the Center.
The Center also encourages creative, continuing projects inspired by or based on summer research, including small exhibitions, student-led reading groups, Body Text/Margin essays, and any other endeavors that will bring student research into public discourse at Haverford.