Keith Fellowship in Chemistry

Application Deadline: 31 March by 11:59 PM


Keith Fellowships are funded through the generous support of Dennis Keith ’65 and Jo-Linda Keith. The fellowships support faculty and student research in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. 

Keith Fellows are expected to devote 8 weeks of the summer to full-time research (approximately 40 hours per week). Research projects are undertaken under the direction of a Bates faculty advisor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

The fellowship includes a grant of $5,150. Up to $850 also is available to support research supplies or travel ($6,000 total). 

First-year, sophomore, and junior students may apply. Graduating seniors are not eligible. One Keith Fellowship is awarded annually. Keith Fellowship proposals are reviewed by the faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Application Procedures.
Students applying for a Keith Fellowship need to:

Fill out the Keith Fellowship Application form here. The following documents must be attached within the application form and submitted online by the deadline:

  • on a separate sheet, provide a one-paragraph (NO MORE THAN 100 words) abstract of the research project describing the research questions and project goals.
  • provide a project description of NOT MORE THAN 2 DOUBLE-SPACED pages outlining the methodology and timetable, relevance to the student’s academic program, and the student’s qualifications for the research.
  • If the student is seeking support for supplies or travel, please provide a detailed, totaled budget.

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 cannot 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 hold any other job at the college during the weeks you conduct your research, and you are not expected to be working in any other job during this time.
  • Keith Fellows are expected to submit an electronic abstract and brief final report to Alison Keegan ( in the Dean of the Faculty’s office within two weeks of finishing their project.  Fellows are also expected to present their research during the Parents and Families Weekend Poster Session unless they are studying off campus in the fall. Faculty advisors also must submit a short report.  Any future grants are contingent upon receiving the final reports.