Farrell Summer Experiential Learning Grants
The Political Science Department provides financial support for rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors to engage in summer experiential learning related to their political science studies. To be eligible, students must be continuing their Northwestern studies the following academic year (graduating students are not eligible to apply). Experiences could include an internship at a non-profit public service organization, NGO, political campaign, or other similar unpaid opportunity. Support is not provided for undergraduate research. Students planning to conduct summer research should apply for a Summer Undergraduate Research Grant or a Ted and Cora Ginsberg Research Grant instead.
The grant funds will be awarded as a reimbursement for expenses. Students should not expect to rely exclusively on these funds for summer funding. Applicants must be specific and forthcoming regarding other available sources of financial support. Students' financial need for the summer may be taken into account in determining award amounts.
Upon completion of the summer experience, award recipients should submit to Libby Wait a two-page description of their internship or program describing how the experience contributed to their study of political science.
How to Apply
Interested students must submit an online application. The following must be attached at the bottom of the online application:
- A proposal explaining what you will do during the summer and how the summer experiential learning activity is related to your political science studies (1 page maximum)
- Documentation regarding the program or internship you plan to participate in, such as an online description of the program or the internship job posting
- An official letter or email from the program/person confirming your participation or showing acceptance into the program/internship
- A budget listing your anticipated expenses from participating in the program/internship that you are requesting the grant to fund. The grant may only be used for reimbursable expenses. For example, expenses might include: program registration fees, a stipend that is required to participate in an unpaid internship, materials/equipment needed for participating in the program. For guidance on creating a budget, visit the Office of Undergraduate Research's budget guide.
- Unofficial transcript
The application deadlines for Summer 2023 are:
- Early deadline: Monday, May 15
- Regular deadline: Monday, June 12
- Final deadline: Monday, June 26