Advanced Study Grants
university fellowships committee
The Boston College Advanced Study Grants were established to encourage, support, and give visible recognition to undergraduates who have that special spark of scholarly initiative and imagination. Students with these qualities should also be thinking of themselves as prospective candidates for national fellowships, such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Goldwater, or Truman. An Advanced Study Grant for a summer project can be an important step along the way.
Advanced Study Grants are for student-designed projects. They are not awarded for projects in which a student proposes to work with a faculty member on the faculty member's research. For such faculty-designed projects, Boston College has Undergraduate Research Fellowships.
Advanced Study Grants are available for the following purposes:
- Advanced Study Grants for Freshmen and Sophomores
- Advanced Study Grants in the Arts
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Advanced Study Grants
- Institute on Aging Advanced Study Grants
- Advanced Study Grants for Conference Participation
- ACC-IAC Grants for Thesis Research
- ACC-IAC Grants for Summer Research
Advanced Study Grants for Freshmen and Sophomores: These are awarded for summer research or "skill acquisition" projects that promise to accelerate dramatically the applicant's progress in the major field of study. The intent of this program is to encourage undergraduates to acquire skills that will make more sophisticated research and study possible during their Junior and Senior years. "Skill acquisition" is broadly defined. It might mean, for example, improving language competence, mastering information technology applications, or improving proficiency in lab techniques—or it might mean becoming knowledgeable about methodologies within, or across, academic disciplines.
Advanced Study Grants in the Arts: These are to encourage and support Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors who show initiative and imagination in the performing, literary, and visual arts. These grants are awarded for summer "skill acquisition" projects that promise to accelerate significantly the applicant's progress in the major field of study. Grants could be awarded, for example, to allow study in a medium not available at Boston College, such as printmaking or sound art. Other possible projects might be for a photographic survey of pilgrimage sites in Spain, a documentary on a volunteer project in Latin America, or a script-writing or creative writing project.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Advanced Study Grants: These grants are funded by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee at Boston College, and they are offered to Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors for summer projects that embody the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and advance non-violent initiatives in civil rights, equal rights, and economic and social justice. For example, grants could support acquisition of skills in working with disenfranchised individuals or groups within the United States, visiting specialized libraries or archives, or advancing language skills to enhance a service or research trip to under-served areas within the United States or abroad. Proposals, particularly those for projects in another country, should clearly note the relevance of the project to the works and goals pursued by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Institute on Aging Advanced Study Grants: These grants are funded by the Boston College Institute on Aging, and they are offered to Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors for summer projects that explore the spiritual, physical, social, financial, and emotional dimensions of well-being of older adults and their families. For example, grants could support acquisition of skills in working with older adults, or research into policies and practices — including policies and practices in other countries — that might enhance the quality of life, quality of care, and vitality among America’s aging population and their families.
Advanced Study Grants for Conference Participation: These grants are to support undergraduates who have been invited to participate or to present their research at a scholarly conference in the United States or abroad. Typically, applicants must have secured commitments of one-third of the conference expense from their major department, and one-third from the Dean of their school. The Advanced Study Grant will then cover the remaining third, up to $750.
ACC-IAC Grants for Thesis Research: These grants are supported by special funding through the ACC-IAC Creativity and Innovation Program of the Atlantic Coast Conference. There are two categories of Grants for Thesis Research. 1) The first category are grants awarded for skill acquisition or preliminary research conducted during the summer before Senior year, to make possible more creative and ambitious Senior projects. These grants might be used, for example, to visit and exploit archives and special collections, to acquire advanced skills in data collection or analysis, to conduct interviews, or to improve language fluency — anything that promises to enhance dramatically what the applicant will be able to achieve in a Senior Thesis or Scholar of the College project. The grant activity must be carried out during the summer prior to Senior year, not during Senior year. 2) The second category of Grants for Thesis Research are for research trips or expenses during Senior year, in support of a Senior Thesis or Scholar of the College project in progress. These grants might used during semester break, for example, to take advantage of resources that have come to the attention of the Senior while doing preliminary research during the Fall semester.
ACC-IAC Grants for Summer Research: These grants are for Sophomores and Juniors, and are supported by special funding from the ACC-IAC of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They are to support undergraduates from one ACC member university in conducting research on the campus of another member university. Grants may be up to $5,000, and arrangements for housing at the ACC host university may be possible. The grants may be used for research in any discipline. A more complete description of the application requirements can be found at ACC-IAC Grants for Summer Research.