The Department of Politics maintains the Anderson Fund for support of small academic projects performed by full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students majoring in Politics, DWA, and UEP.
Projects must be related to domestic politics and primarily be academic in nature, although some not-for-credit activities may receive support. Anderson grants and fellowships are awarded to students on a competitive basis based on an application process.
The criteria for application is as follows:
Type of projects:
- Senior comprehensive research
- Independent study
- Research related to a course in Politics or UEP
- Internships connected to an academic course or specifically related to the Politics or UEP majors
- One semester
Use of funds:
- Travel to conferences
- Travel to libraries or research sites within the U.S.
- Equipment and supplies (i.e., tapes)
- Books, reports and other publications not available from Oxy library or inter-library loan
- Anderson grants and fellowships for projects completed over winter breeak: November 1
- Anderson grants and fellowships for projects completed over Summer break: February 25
- Anderson grants (under $750) seeking support for travel: Three weeks prior to commencement of travel
- Anderson fellowships (over $750) seeking support for travel: One month prior to commencement of travel
Anderson grants (under $750) or fellowships (over $750) seeking support when Human Subjects is required: One Month prior to commencement of project
Students are limited to one Anderson grant or fellowship per academic year (August - July)
Students are only eligible to receive support from the Anderson Fund twice, either Anderson grants or fellowships, during their time at Occidental College. In exceptional circumstances, a student may request review of an additional Anderson grant or fellowship application by the entire Politics faculty.
All work on the project must be completed within the academic year in which the grant is awarded
Must apply for Richter, URC, ASP, or URC Summer Research funds where appropriate (i.e., larger scale projects requiring over $1,000)
Anderson Fellowships are capped at $2,000 per project. Under extraordinary circumstances, projects requiring greater funding will be considered by full review of the Politics Department
Application should include the following information:
- Contact information
- Name of project
- Duration and timing of project
- One paragraph abstract of project
- Two page summary of project. The research proposal must begin with a clear, one sentence research question or project goal that you expect to address through your project. This should be followed by an elaboration of the project, discussion of its importance, explanation of the methodology you expect to use, a review of prior investigations by you or others, and literature citations where appropriate (for tables, figures and quotes).
- Pursuant to federal law and College policy, all research involving human (surveying, filming, etc.) subjects must be reviewed and approved by the College’s Human Subjects Research Committee (HSRC).
- A one page personal statement describing prior work which prepares the student for the proposed project and the importance of the proposed activity to the student’s intellectual or professional development.
- A one page budget for the project is also required. The budget should include an itemized list of all costs of the project and all the sources of funding which may be available, including departmental support, faculty grants and self-help as well as the amount requested from the Anderson Fund. Include only those items which must be purchased expressly for this project. Any non-consumable equipment will become college property at the conclusion of the project. Download the budget worksheet.
- If the request is for travel to a conference, the application should include a copy of the conference announcement.
- Name of supervisor
- Two letters of recommendation submitted on the "Faculty Recommendation Form" are required. Faculty Recommendation Form.
- Recommenders should email completed recommendation forms to firstname.lastname@example.org
Completed applications should be submitted to Jacquelyn in Johnson Hall, 101A. Any application that is NOT complete will NOT be considered.
A final report is required no later than two weeks after completion of the Anderson supported project. The final report is to be submitted to Jacquelyn in Johnson Hall, 101A.
The final report must include the following: 1) a one paragraph abstract, 2) a two-page summary of the project activities and results, and 3) a one-page budget report.
All original receipts must be submitted with the final report.
A failure to submit the final report and original receipts will disqualify students from consideration of future Anderson funding, and may cause a delay in receipt of diploma.
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (323) 259-2500
- Location: Johnson Hall Politics suite: J317 Administrative support: J101A