The Honors Summer Fellowship offers the unique opportunity for students to spend a summer in Ann Arbor focusing on thesis work. Utilizing the HFS community, students have the opportunity to research, make new faculty connections, attend student gathering and engage in public scholarship.
2021 Program dates: May 28 - August 9, 2021
What is the Honors Summer Fellowship?
The Fellows program provides a unique opportunity for a group of upper-class students to gather from across all three divisions of LSA; the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Participants learn from one another about the nature of research across this whole range, comparing the modes of work, nature of valid evidence, styles of presentation, and special challenges. It is an unusual opportunity to reclaim the interdisciplinary interactions which play such an important role in a genuine liberal arts education at a time in your studies when many influences push you to specialize.
Honors Summer Fellows will be brought together in an interdisciplinary cohort for ten-weeks in Ann Arbor during the summer months. Fellows will spend most of this time engaged in the full-time pursuit of their thesis project. In addition, all Fellows will meet together for two hours each week with the Honors Director.
Weekly session topics include:
- Progress reports
- Discussing the evolving nature of scholarly work
- Faculty panels
- Practical training in scholarly writing
- Time and project management
- Public outreach
Fellows will be expected to play an active role in designing these sessions.
All Fellows will be expected to work full-time on their thesis projects through the term of the fellowship.
Students seeking financial support will receive a $6000 summer grant for the ten-week program, inclusive of research expenses.
Interested students may be engaged at any stage of their thesis work, from exploration of a thesis topic to advanced research at the core of an established project.
Applicants will typically be third-year students advancing to their senior year. In many departments, they will have already declared an Honors major, though in others this will not yet have happened. In some cases, students advance rapidly enough to begin serious thesis research after their second year. Applicants who have just finished their second year should be sure to explain why they feel they would benefit from this program at an unusually early stage.
The program has four requirements, all intended to enhance the senior thesis experience for Fellows and to enhance the visibility of the thesis process within the Honors Program.
- All Fellows will spend the 10 weeks of the program engaged in disciplined pursuit of their theses.
- All Fellows will be active participants in weekly meetings of the Fellows cohort, providing insight and support to other Fellow’s work.
- Fellows must be in residence in Ann Arbor for the program's duration.
- During the summer, Fellows will reflect on the thesis process and their progress in a manner intended to make explicit the tacit knowledge which characterizes expertise.
- This will include producing:
- A well prepared and delivered research presentation – this will be done in a format appropriate for a scholarly setting.
- A piece of public scholarship describing your project – something suitable for explaining the content and importance of their research to a lay audience.
- This will include producing:
How to Apply
The online Application Form will be available on November 9, 2020.
To apply, Honors students must provide the following:
An Unofficial Transcript, which may be downloaded from your Wolverine Access Student Portal. (Please do not request a protected copy from the Office of the Registrar.)
A 1000-1500 word Statement of Purpose, describing your thesis project and its current status, along with what you’re hoping to gain from participating in the interdisciplinary fellows program.
An Endorsement Form from an appropriate faculty member. Depending on your major, this may be a thesis supervisor or the faculty chair of your department. An email to the faculty endorser containing relevant applicant information, a summary of questions, and the form link will be generated when the application is completed. We strongly encourage you to confirm your faculty endorser's willingness to do this before starting your application.
DEADLINE FOR 2021: Midnight, February 19, 2021.
Visit our Honors Research blog to read biographies authored by Follows in the HSF cohort. Each participating student has a unique and diverse perspective of their field, and different approaches to a world-class liberal arts education.
Below, students from the last three years describe their fields of research and share the process of discovery - what piqued their interest or led them into their field of academic exploration.