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Rock Ethics Institute Thesis and Research Funding

by David Price Mar 16, 2020

Call for Applications

Proposal Deadline: April 17, 2020

The Rock Ethics Institute is pleased to announce the Rock Ethics Institute Thesis and Research Awards offered in conjunction with the Paterno Fellows Program

These awards are for undergraduate students in the Paterno Fellows Program who are working on ethics-related topics and research either within or in preparation for their honors theses.

The Rock Ethics Institute Award will provide a range of financial support (from $500 to $2,000) for thesis research and related activities.

Awardees will be asked to give a short presentation of their research plans at an Institute event in Fall 2020 and then present their research findings in Spring 2021. Awardees also may be asked to share about their research and fellowship experiences as part of Institute videos, blogs, etc. Awardees will be informed of all Rock Ethics Institute events and will be invited to participate in any events that are of interest to them or which would benefit their research.

How to Apply

Students who are eligible and who wish to be considered for a Rock Ethics Institute Thesis and Research Awards should complete the online application.

Applications should include the following:

1. A curriculum vitae that includes full contact information, the name of your thesis adviser(s) (current or expected), and student ID number

2. A cover letter that provides:

    • a detailed description of the thesis project (and/or research that is being completed in preparation for the thesis) that includes a clear description of the ethics focus of the project (600 words max.)
    • a detailed timetable for completion of the thesis project

3. A budget that lists proposed costs associated with your thesis-related research. The budget should include:

    • Itemized projected costs with a brief description (1-2 sentences) for each item. For example, if you are listing travel costs for research briefly describe the purpose of the travel (e.g. to visit an archive, research center, etc.) and its importance for your thesis research
    • A list of any other funding sources for which you have applied or that you have received in support of your thesis research