Hearst Foundation Senior Thesis Research & Research Fellowship Fund

Hearst funds senior thesis in Fine Arts, Social Science, and the Humanities to purchase supplies or materials necessary for senior thesis research or to travel to research sites, such as archives. The goals of the research fellowship are to gain critically important research skills and training in a faculty-directed research fellowship


Types of Awards and Funding

  • Senior thesis students may apply for up to $1,000 in direct research expenses. We anticipate funding 5-6 senior thesis students each semester, depending on the amount of funds requested.
  • Research Fellowship – work with faculty member on the faculty member’s research initiative. Students receive a salary of $10.50/hour for their work on the project, with an estimate of 6 hours/week for 10 weeks. A fellow may apply for up to $850 to pay for supplies, materials, or travel. Students may not receive academic credit for salaried research positions.

Eligibility Requirements

Scripps College senior thesis students for senior thesis funding; preference for research assistantships for sophomores and juniors


Fall Semester Application Due September 17th

Spring Semester Application Due February 11th


Application Information

Complete the on-line application.
Proposals must include the following:

  • Project Description (see below)
  • Proposed Budget & Budget Justification
  • Letter of support from faculty senior thesis adviser that addresses the budget.

More detailed information may be found in the Request for Proposals.

Requirements for Summer funding:

  1. Meeting with Fellowship Coordinator: Students are required to schedule an initial meeting with fellowship coordinators. Contact Liza Chavac lchavac@scrippscollege.edu for Mellon IHI Funding and Raina Coutin rcoutin@scrippscollege.edu for all other summer funding to discuss project guidelines and requirements in detail. If you are studying abroad, you are required to schedule a skype or facetime meeting. Schedule this meeting as soon as possible during the Spring semester.
  2. International & Summer Research: Any student traveling out of the country during their research period will be required to fill out additional paper work/release forms with SAGE. Please be sure to notify the appropriate coordinator for all other summer funding if your research will take place outside of the US.
  3. Report: All students are required to submit a Summer Research Report by email on September 6th, 2018 to fellowships@scrippscollege.edu
  4. Research Symposium: All students are required to submit a poster and present their research to the Scripps community at the Summer Research Scripps Tea on September 18, 2019. If you will be studying abroad during the fall semester or have a scheduled class during the Scripps Tea, please notify the appropriate fellowship coordinator. You will still be required to submit a poster and research paper. Click here for a sample poster.
  5. Receipts & Reimbursements: All students are responsible for keeping original receipts and submitting them to the appropriate coordinator. NO photocopies or scanned images will be accepted. If you receive an electronic receipt you may print that and submit with receipt packet.

All receipts for SUMMER 2019 FUNDING are due by SEPT. 6, 2019.

  • Mileage Reimbursement Form: If you plan on being reimbursed for mileage/drive time you will be required to submit a mileage reimbursement form. You will also be required to submit a map which indicates the miles traveled and entered on the reimbursement form.
  • Credit Card Procedure: If you require a credit card for purchasing items related to your research please contact the appropriate coordinator or the Associate Dean of Faculty. You will be required to submit specific information related to the purchase and the amount will be deducted from your supply budget.

Advance on Funds: Students are eligible to request an advance on funds. Funds will be available by June 1st. If you are interested in receiving an advance please contact the appropriate coordinator or the Associate Dean of Faculty.  Please note, if you are given an advance you are still responsible for submitting ALL proper receipts and paper work. If you DO NOT submit your receipts by the deadline the money advanced will be considered taxable income.



Institutional Review Board (IRB) Information:

If your project involves work with human participants (ex. surveys, interviews) your project will require IRB approval.  Your faculty mentor must possess the relevant training and be willing to supervise your research methodology.


You must correspond via email or in person with an IRB chair or the IRB administrator prior to applying to receive guidance on IRB requirements.  You may apply for the fellowship prior to receiving official IRB approval, but if granted the fellowship, you will not receive funding until you have received IRB approval.  See http://www.scrippscollege.edu/academics/irb  for information on how to apply for IRB approval, including the link to the online application.


Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Information:

If your research involves work with animals, you must work closely with a Keck Science professor who has the expertise required for the project and you must receive relevant training and health clearance. All experiments involving vertebrate animals must be approved by the Keck Science Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (http://www.kecksci.claremont.edu/research/).   Contact Professor Melissa Coleman (mcoleman@kecksci.claremont.edu) with questions about animal use.


Additional Information

For more information please contact Associate Dean Jennifer Armstrong.



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