Hoffman Fellowships

Hoffman Research Fellowships are overseen by the Student Research Committee.

Application Deadline: 2 March 2015  Student Research General Application

Funded through an endowment established by the Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, the Hoffman Research Fellowship provides support for full-time research (approximately 40 hours per week) for eight to ten weeks during the summer. The fellowship supports work in any academic discipline. The research projects are usually undertaken under the direction of a Bates faculty advisor, however in some cases the summer work may be advised by a specialist from another institution.

The fellowship includes a grant of $3,500.

First-year, sophomore, and junior students may apply.   Graduating seniors are not eligible. Several Hoffman Fellowships will be awarded.

Application Procedures

Students applying for a Hoffman Fellowship need to:

(1) Complete an application form for STUDENT RESEARCH GRANTS (available in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, 121 Lane Hall or online.

(2) On a separate sheet, the applicant should provide a one-paragraph abstract of the research project describing the research questions and project goals.

(3) a project description of NOT MORE THAN 2 DOUBLE-SPACED pages outlining methodology and timetable, relevance to the student’s academic program, and the student’s qualifications for the research.

(4) A short list of bibliographic resources (4-5 references).


Letters of Support. The proposal must be accompanied by a letter of support from the project advisor, usually a Bates faculty member. If the summer project advisor is NOT a Bates faculty member, a letter of support is required from the off-campus advisor in addition to a letter of recommendation from a Bates faculty member. Letters of support are due on the same day as the application deadline.

More Important Information:

  • Because the goal of summer grant programs is to contribute to a student’s academic success and persistence at Bates, all summer funding is contingent upon a student maintaining a G.P.A. of at least 2.0.
  • You can not use research grant funding to participate in a credit-earning summer academic program or receive academic credit for summer research.
  • This is a research project that involves a full-time (up to 40 hours per week) commitment for eight to ten weeks; therefore you cannot earn additional funds at the College during the weeks you do your research.
  • Hoffman Fellows are expected to submit an electronic abstract and a brief final report (in the form of a letter to the Hoffman Foundation, Hoffman Recipient Reporting Requirements) to Alison Keegan ( in the Dean of the Faculty’s Office within two weeks of finishing their project and present their research during the Parents Weekend Poster Session unless they are studying off campus in the fall.

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