The Department of Politics maintains the Anderson Fund for support of academic projects performed by full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students majoring in Politics and UEP.
For consideration projects must be broadly related to the field of political science and primarily academic in nature. Anderson grants and fellowships are awarded to students on a competitive basis based on an application process.
What projects and activities does the Anderson Fund support?
- Senior comprehensive research
- Independent study
- Research in conjunction with a Politics or UEP course
- Research supervised by a Politics or UEP professor
- Internships connected to a course in Politics or UEP course
What types of Anderson Fund support can I apply for?
- Graduating seniors are not eligible for Anderson Fellowships, and may only receive Anderson Grants for activities that will be fully completed prior to the graduation date
- An Anderson grant is awarded in the amount of $1000 or less during the academic year
- An Anderson fellowship is awarded in the amount of $1000-$2500 for either winter or summer break
What can I use Anderson Fund support for?
- Travel to conferences
- Travel to libraries or research sites
- Travel to internship site
- Research equipment and supplies
- Research related activities, e.g. admission to museum for research purposes
- Books, reports and other publications not available from the Occidental College library or inter-library loan
What are the deadlines for Anderson Fund support?
- For consideration of an Anderson grant all materials must be received 14 days prior to commencement of project
- For consideration of an Anderson fellowship for winter break all materials must be received by the first Monday after Thanksgiving
- For consideration of an Anderson fellowship for summer break all materials must be received by the first Monday in April
Are there any restrictions on receiving Anderson support?
- The Anderson Fund does not provide support for general volunteer or community service work. Support is limited to specific internships in the areas of politics, public policy, and law.
- Students are limited to a maximum of two awards per academic year (grants or fellowships)
- Students may only receive Anderson Fund support three times in their academic career (grants or fellowships)
- All work on the project must be completed within the academic year in which support is granted
- Students must apply for supporting funds: Richter, URC or ASP funds
- Incomplete applications will not be accepted for any reasons.
- Letters of recommendation must be submitted on-time for an application to be considered complete. Applications with late letters of recommendation will not be accepted. Students must ensure faculty members submit letters on time.
- Anderson Fund support is capped at $2,500 per project. In exceptional circumstances, a review of an application over $2500 will occur by petition of the student
- For projects requiring HSRRC approval, the HSRRC approval process must be initiated at the time of the Anderson application. If the Anderson application is approved, the funds will not be released until the HSRRC approval process has been completed and approval received.
- If you have doubts on whether a project requires HSRRC approval, please check prior to submitting an application
How will my Anderson Fund application be assessed?
- All Anderson applications will be assessed using the score card
- Anderson applications that do not meet the standards established in the score card will be rejected
- Download the score card
How do I apply for Anderson Fund support?
- Download the Anderson application for requests over $1000
- Download the Anderson application for requests under $1000
What is a complete Anderson Fund application?
- Application Form
- One paragraph abstract of project
- If applicable, a copy of a conference announcement
- Two letters of recommendation submitted on the "Faculty Recommendation Form" are required. Download the Faculty Recommendation Form. Recommendation forms may be emailed to Romy Corona at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are applying for another Politics Department fellowship (McKelvey, Reath, or Caldwell) you may use the same faculty member as a reference, but that faculty member must submit a reference for each application, in accordance with the rules for each application. Faculty making recommendations for Anderson funds must use the above form, and faculty making recommendations for McKelvey, Reath or Caldwell must write a formal letter.
- One-page personal statement: the statement must include information of prior experience preparing student for project
- Two-page summary of project: the research proposal must begin with a clear, one sentence research question or project goal. This should be followed by a discussion of the importance, explanation of the methodology, a review of prior investigations by you or others, and literature citations where appropriate. Use the score card as guidance.
- Detailed one-page budget: the budget should include a complete itemization of all costs and sources of funding available, as well as sources for and justifications of these costs. Budgets must be realistic and well-researched; budgets based on guesswork or inflated estimates will be rejected. You must prepare your budget using this worksheet. Download the budget worksheet.
- For projects requiring HSRRC approval, this approval must be initiated at the time of the application. As evidence, please submit with your application a printed copy of your email to HSRRC showing that your proposal was submitted.
- To see whether your project requires HSRRC approval, please go to: oxy.edu/institutional-review-boards/human-subjects.
How do I submit my complete Anderson Fund application?
- Completed applications are submitted to Romy Corona in Johnson Hall, 101, by 4:30 p.m. on the due date.
- Please print all application materials single-sided.
Do I need to do anything after receiving my Anderson Fund support?
- Read and sign the contract. Download the contract. Please return the signed contract to Romy Corona in Johnson Hall, 101, no later than 5 business days after receiving notification of your award. Your funds will not be released until you return the signed contract.
- If applicable, obtain final HSRRC approval. In cases where conditional HSRRC approval is received, the decision to release funds will be made on a case-by-case basis by the faculty members of the Anderson review committee.
- Prepare a final report. The report is due no later than 14 business days after completion of the project.
- The final report is to be submitted to Romy Corona in Johnson Hall, 101.
- The final report includes: (1) a one paragraph abstract, (2) a one or two-page summary of the project activities and results, (3) a one-page budget report following the required format (see worksheet), and (4) original receipts
- Please make sure your name appears in every page on the final report, including the budget and each receipt page.
- A failure to submit the final report and copies of receipts will disqualify students from consideration of future funding and will cause the student (per contract) to return the funds. Failure to follow the rules and procedures for acceptable expenditures can also cause the student (per contract) to return the entirety of the Anderson funds. In some cases, these violations can also cause delay in receipt of the diploma.
- Students who do not utilize their entire Anderson award (per contract) will be required to return such unused funds.
- For projects requiring international travel, students will need to complete a preclearance process with the International Program Office. Please direct questions about preclearance to IPO.
Who can I contact with questions?
- The faculty members of the Anderson Committee for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 are Politics professors Regina Freer and Caroline Heldman.
Johnson Hall Politics suite: J317 Administrative support: J101A