International Bridge Course Program (IBC)

Type of Projects Supported:

  • Faculty-mentored student research over a three-semester period; with semesters one and three on campus in Gettysburg and semester two studying abroad.
  • Preference will be given to projects in the humanities, arts, the humanistic social sciences, and to those that are interdisciplinary in nature.
  • The research project must be connected to the student's on-going program of study.
  • IBC Scholars receive up to $250 in reimbursement to help defray expenses of carrying out research while abroad, and their mentors receive a stipend of $700 for each of the three semesters.
  • IBC Scholars are expected to develop their research project and begin their research in semester one, carry out continuing or comparative research while abroad in semester two, and complete their research and submit their final project in semester three. Credit (1 course unit) will be awarded in semester three via an independent study designator.
  • IBC Scholars will continue regular interaction with their mentor while abroad via skype or other similar means. A specific plan must be included in the faculty mentor’s endorsement letter.
  • If the research design employs the use of human subjects, please refer to the Institutional Review Board webpage) in order to be able to comply with ethical requirements. Both RCR training and protocol submission must occur at least one month prior to the proposed start of the study.

Who May Apply:

  • Current first-year, sophomores or juniors, in partnership with their faculty mentors.

Deadline for Application:

  • The deadline for Fall 2014 is Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

How to Apply:

All applicants are required to submit the following materials to mforrest@gettysburg.edu in the order specified as a single pdf i.e., compress the individual files into one large file with IBC Fall 2014 and the applicant's name as its title:

  • A one-page resume
  • A three-page proposal (11 pt. font, double spaced) outlining the nature of the applicant's project. The proposal should include the intended goals to be accomplished, how specifically these goals will be met, how this particular project will contribute to the applicant's academic or artistic field, and how conducting this project in the given host country will specifically contribute to the quality of the project.
  • A one-page annotated bibliography so the committee can see what sources each applicant has read or will read in preparation for conducting the project.
  • A one-page personal/academic statement in which the applicant outlines how this experience will help achieve his/her future educational and career goals. In particular, the committee is interested in learning what the applicant has done to prepare to undertake the project e.g., study of a language, related coursework, internship experience, etc.
  • An unofficial transcript
  • A mentor endorsement letter. All applicants must secure an endorsement letter (mentor should submit this electronically to mforrest@gettysburg.edu) from the faculty member with whom s/he will be working. The letter should address not only the student’s preparedness to undertake the project but it’s applicability to his/her academic program. It also must address the student’s ability to work independently, especially while abroad. Mentors should also include the appropriateness of their academic backgrounds/expertise for supervising the student’s project and should provide a detailed plan for supervising the student’s work with a special emphasis on how s/he will keep in touch with the student during the student’s time spent abroad.

All materials, including endorsement letters, must be submitted to Maureen Forrestal no later than Wednesday, April 30, 2014.  Late submissions will not be considered.

Criteria for Selection

  1. The clarity of the proposal itself with regard to goals, objectives, and project design;
  2. The feasibility of the project given the applicant’s academic background, the project scope, and the possible obstacles conducting the project in the host country;
  3. The faculty mentor’s endorsement of the project, the appropriateness of his/her background/expertise for supervision of the project, and the extent to which the project provides an opportunity for regular interaction between faculty mentor and the student, even while study is abroad;
  4. The quality of the ideas expressed i.e., the merit of the research itself;
  5. The likelihood of the project’s resulting in a paper, creative performance, or work of art, or other suitable outcome for presentation; and
  6. The strength of connection between the project and the applicant’s academic goals.       

Questions? Contact Maureen Forrestal, Asst. Provost, at mforrest@gettysburg.edu