Kolbe Fellows Program

2019 Kolbe Summer Fellows

Back row - Timothy Black ’20, Prof. Amy Evrard, Haley Shultz ’21, Prof. Anne Douds, Utkarsh Uprety ’20; Prof. Ivanova Reyes, Shanzea Sarewar ’20
Front row - Zoe Phillipou '20, Lillian Shea ’21, Brendon Hokanson ’20, Caroline Cuetara ’21, Benjamin Roy ’21. Kolbe Fellow not pictured - Ellianie Vega ’20

The Kolbe Summer Fellows Program in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is a ten-week faculty-mentored student research program conducted during the summer before a student's sophomore, junior, or senior year. Preference in selection is given to projects which are interdisciplinary in nature and to applicants who are first-years or sophomores at the time of application.

The Program:

  • Faculty-mentored student research during the summer before a student’s sophomore, junior, or senior year.
  • The research project should be connected to the student’s on-going program of study. Fellows can complete a project begun in an earlier course, part of a course cluster, the beginning of a senior capstone project, or it can be related to the applicant’s personal interest provided that the topic be grounded in the liberal arts.
  • The eight students selected as Fellows will receive a stipend of $4500 each and an additional $500 is available to defray the costs of project-related expenses. Campus housing for the duration of the program is free for Fellows.
  • Faculty mentors receive a stipend of $1000.
  • Fellows and their mentors are expected to attend and participate in the required three required luncheon meetings scheduled during the 10-week summer program unless project-related activities require them to be elsewhere with their mentors.
  • Each Kolbe Fellow must give a formal update of their work—a progress report—the last week of the summer program. The oral report must be no longer than 10 minutes in length, with an additional 5 minutes allowed for questions, and will be delivered to the students and the faculty mentors participating in the program only. Public presentations of the finished project are required at the annual campus luncheon held each January for this purpose and at Celebration, the College’s campus-wide colloquium.
  • All supported projects must be compliant with the College’s ethical review policies. If the research design employs the use of human subjects, the online protocol must be submitted to the IRB for review, along with certificate of CitiProgram training completion, no later than Monday, March 29, 2021.

Who May Apply:

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

Deadline for Application:

  • The deadline for summer 2021 is will be posted later in the fall semester.

How to Apply:

  1. All applicants must first fill out and submit the Kolbe Fellows Program Application which provides the selection committee with some initial information about the applicant and serves as a cover sheet for the application. Once the form has been submitted, applicants will be taken to a page explaining the next steps.
  2. All applicants are required to submit the following materials in the order specified as a single pdf. Compress the individual files into one large file with KF’21 and the applicant’s name in the subject line of the e-mail and as the file’s 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, the research design and timetable s/he intends to employ, and a budget stating how the $500 in research-related expenses will be spent.
    • A one to two-page annotated bibliography so the committee can see what sources each applicant has read/consulted in developing his/her proposal and will continue to review during the summer.
    • A one-page personal academic statement in which the applicant outlines how the project is connected to his/her academic program and 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 him or herself to undertake the project e.g., study of a language, related coursework, internship experience, etc.
    In addition to the above materials, an official transcript must be sent hard-copy through campus mail to Maureen Forrestal, Box 2960. Please arrange for this through the Registrar’s Office no later than TBA for Summer 2021.
  3. All applicants must secure an endorsement letter (mentor should submit this electronically to osse@gettysburg.edu with the name of whom s/he will be working in the subject line.) The letter should address not only the student’s preparedness to undertake the project but it’s applicability to his/her academic program. Mentors should also include the appropriateness of their academic backgrounds/expertise for supervising the student’s project and must provide a detailed plan for supervising the student in his/her work. In addition, the mentor must indicate a willingness to meet with the student regularly during the summer, preferably in person but certainly by e-mail or phone, if the mentor will be conducting research off-campus at any time during the program dates. All of this must be indicated in the endorsement letter. Ideally, the Kolbe Fellow would be able to join his/her mentor for part of the time. If the mentor’s work does not require long-distance travel, the mentor is expected to attend the initial luncheon meeting as well as the two oral progress reports that last week of the program and this understanding must also be indicated in the letter.

    Preference in selection will be given to those applications in which student and mentor will be able to spend most of the program together, engaged in the project.

    All materials must be emailed to osse@gettysburg.edu no later than TBA for Summer 2021. This deadline includes endorsement letters and transcripts. 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 time frame proposed;
  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;
  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.


In order to be considered for a Kolbe Summer Research Fellowship, applicants must have earned at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of application. The project proposal must be directly linked to the applicant’s academic program and this connection must be articulated within the proposal. For example, the applicant can begin or complete a research project linked to a course, a course cluster, or a specific interest related to his/her major or minor. Juniors might use their summer project to form the basis for a senior thesis or capstone. Project topics must be in the humanities, arts, social sciences, or interdisciplinary in nature.

Please be aware that if selected to be a Kolbe Fellow, the awardee is expected to conduct the majority of the activities associated with the project on campus during the program period, May 26- July 31, 2021. The intent of the Kolbe program is to create a community of scholars at Gettysburg so you need to be present in order to both contribute and benefit, as well as to attend the luncheon meetings. There are obvious exceptions to this residency requirement. If your discipline is such that field work is an integral component e.g., an archaeological dig for an Anthropology major, being away from campus during the program is acceptable. If you are traveling with your mentor to do on-site data collection, that would be another example of an acceptable exception. If you’re in doubt, the best thing to do is to contact Maureen Forrestal (mforrest@gettysburg.edu), Assistant Provost for Student Scholarly Engagement, to see if your project plans merit special consideration.


A summer stipend of $4,500 will be competitively awarded to eight students. This stipend, which will be paid in five bi-weekly installments during the course of the 10-week program, is intended to provide Fellows with a reasonable amount toward living expenses as they will be expected to pay their own everyday expenses, including food costs. Faculty mentors will receive a $1000 stipend for the summer. On-campus housing is provided for Scholars at no cost to them. In addition to the stipend, up to $500 will be available for expense reimbursement connected to the project. Fellows need to keep in mind the following: 1) the stipend is considered income by the government and, although taxes will not be taken out of payments made during the summer, Fellows or their parents will need to declare the sum as income when a return is filed in April of the following year, and 2) if the project includes overseas air travel, the Fellow must have enough personal funds or a personal credit card when making flight reservations to reserve the ticket. The College cannot arrange for travel advances for students, not even against the stipend.

If you have any questions about this program, please email mforrest@gettysburg.edu.