Grad School Scholarships and Fellowships
Swords Scholar Grants
The Swords Scholar program provides grants to Elmhurst College Honors students in support of Honors Independent Research projects.
- Swords Scholar grants range from $300 to $500 and are funded by an anonymous donor in honor of Robert and Barbara Swords, who founded the Elmhurst College Honors Program in 1965.
- To apply for a grant, submit a formal Swords Scholar Grant Proposal (available online or from the Honors Director).
- Secure a faculty sponsor
- Complete an Honors Independent Research Project Form
- Obtain final approval from the Honors Program director
- Students can also compete for other research funding under the newly-established Honors Program Summer Fellows and FYS Summer Fellows research programs.
The Honors Program Summer Fellows Program was established to increase undergraduate research as outlined in the current Elmhurst College Strategic Plan.
GSA Impact Fellowship in the Great Lakes RegionThe U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Impact Fellowship is designed to provide advanced students with occupational experience related to their academic course study in the area of public service. Fellows will gain direct insight of federal, state and local government interaction as part of the Office of the Regional Administrator with GSA’s Great Lakes Region.
Fellows will directly participate in a variety of activities to support individual programs. Projects and activities may include, but are not limited to: participating in high-level interagency meetings; coordinating meetings with external stakeholders; communicating with governmental agencies at local, state and federal levels; researching policy related topics; creating and managing collaborative tools; updating contact database; planning internal educational and cultural forums; drafting stories for internal communications outlets; developing messaging on a variety of topics; and, administrating front desk duties as needed.
GSA is currently accepting applications for the select Fellowship positions to begin February – November 2014. Invited Fellows must be available for 9 months and able to commit a minimum of 15 hours per week. As a volunteer/non-paid position, Fellows must consent to a security background investigation upon selection and abide by the program agreement.
Honors Program FYS Summer Fellows
To further enhance the FYS experience and to introduce outstanding first-year students to the value of undergraduate research, the Honors Program established a program entitled “Honors Program FYS Summer Fellows.” FYS Summer Fellows may extend the work of their FYS section or research some other topic of interest, guided by a faculty sponsor. The fellowships are competitive and carry a $200* grant, funded through the generosity of an anonymous donor. The projects are not credit-bearing. Public dissemination of your research is strongly encouraged.
The research projects will vary by topic and disciplinary focus and may include empirical, laboratory, text-based, or site-based research. Students must produce an appropriate end product.
Fellowship applications will be reviewed by the Honors Program Committee. Projects will be launched and evaluated by the faculty sponsor. Copies of the end product must be submitted to both the faculty adviser and the Honors Committee via Dr. Mulvaney before the end of the first week of the term.
For more information and applicant requirements for the Summer Fellows programs, contact either Dr. Mary Kay Mulvaney, director, Honors Program or Dr. Russ Ford, assistant director.