Anderson Fund

The Department of Politics supports academic projects performed by full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students majoring in Politics and UEP.

For consideration, projects must be related to the field of political science and be academic in nature. Anderson grants and fellowships are awarded to students on a competitive basis via an application process.

What types of Anderson Fund support can I apply for?

  • 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 $3500 for either winter or summer break
  • Graduating seniors are only eligible for Anderson Grants or Fellowships when the work will be fully completed prior to the graduation date. Graduating seniors are not eligible for Anderson fellowships over the summer break.

What projects and activities does the Anderson Fund support?

  • Senior comprehensive research
  • Travel to a conference in the field of Politics or UEP
  • Independent research in conjunction with a Politics or UEP course
  • Independent research supervised by a Politics or UEP professor
  • Internships in the field of Politics or UEP

What expenses are covered through the Anderson Fund?

  • Travel (including lodging and food) to conferences, research, and internship sites
  • 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 an Anderson grant involving domestic travel, all materials must be received 14 days prior to commencement of project (applications will be accepted 7 days prior if seeking support to attend a conference).
  • For an Anderson grant involving international travel, all materials must be received 30 days prior to commencement of the project, with no exceptions.
  • For an Anderson fellowship for winter break, all materials must be received by 4.30 pm on November 1.
  • For an Anderson fellowship for summer break, all materials must be received by 4.30 pm on April 1.

Are there any restrictions on receiving Anderson support?

  • The Anderson Fund does not provide support for volunteer or community service nor does the Fund support donations to non-profit organizations.
  • The Anderson Fund does not provide salary support for internships, but it will cover expenses.
  • Students are limited to a maximum of two awards per academic year (grants and fellowships).
  • Students may receive Anderson Fund support only three times in their academic career (grants and fellowships).
  • All work on the project must be completed within the academic year in which support is granted.
  • Anderson Fund support is capped at $3500 per project. In exceptional circumstances, a review of an application for over $3500 will occur if the student files a formal petition. Students considering this request should contact the faculty on the Anderson Committee (see below for names).  
  • For projects requiring approval from the Human Subjects Research Review Committee (HSRRC), the HSRRC approval process must be initiated at the time of the Anderson application.

​​How will my Anderson Fund application be assessed?

  • All Anderson applications will be assessed using the score card.
  • Anderson applications falling short of the required score—but meeting the requirements for a fundable project—will be returned for revision. The revised application will be reassessed and a final decision made about funding.  

How do I apply for Anderson Fund support?

  • Submit a completed hard copy application to Romy Corona (Johnson 101A) by the deadline.  
  • Applications should be prepared in a professional manner, with your name appearing on each page.
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted for any reasons.
  • The recommendation form must be submitted on-time for an application to be considered complete. Applications without the recommendation form will not be accepted.

What is a complete Anderson Fund application?

  1. Application Form
    1. Download the application form for the Anderson Grant (requests under $1000).
    2. Download the application form for the Anderson Fellowship (requests over $1000).
  2. Abstract: one paragraph
  3. A personal statement: This is a one-page, double-spaced statement explaining why the project matters for the student’s academic career, including their preparation to carry out the project.
  4. A project summary: This is a two-page, double-spaced statement that clearly states the project goal and/or the research question, and discusses the project’s importance, methodology, and relevance to the fields of POLS or UEP. Academic literature should be cited as appropriate.
  5. A faculty recommendation using the below form, which can be submitted directly by the faculty member to Romy Corona at (Please note: if you are also applying for Caldwell, McKelvey, or Reath Funds, you may use the same faculty member but they must submit a separate letter of recommendation for your Caldwell, McKelvey or Reath application).
    1. Download the recommendation form for the Anderson Grant.
    2. Download the recommendation form for the Anderson Fellowship.
  6. A budget: Using this budget form, the budget should include clear itemizations, sources, and justifications. The budget should be based on well-researched estimates and not guesses. Incomplete budgets will be returned.   
  7. Supporting materials:
    1. If applicable, a copy of a conference announcement
    2. If applicable, a copy of the email indicating that the HSRRC approval process was initiated

What do I do after receiving my Anderson Fund support? 

Before beginning the project

  • Read and sign 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.
  • Read the document FAQ for Acceptable Expenditures. After completing the project, you will be required to return any funds for which (a) you do not have receipts or (b) fall outside the range of acceptable expenditures. 
  • If applicable, obtain final HSRRC approval. Funds will not be released until final approval for the project has been obtained from HSRRC.
  • If your project requires travel abroad, complete the pre-clearance process with the International Programs office. Funds will not be released until IPO notifies Romy Corona that pre-clearance was completed.

After completing the project

  • Prepare a final report, due no later than 14 days after completion of the project, and submitted in hard copy to Romy Corona in Johnson Hall 101A.      
  • The final report includes:
    1. A summary of the project activities and results (one to two double-spaced pages)
    2. ​A budget report using this Budget Reconciliation Worksheet
    3. Copies of receipts to support all expenses documented in the Budget Reconciliation Worksheet. Recall that receipts not meeting these guidelines will not be accepted, and may require return of the funds. (Original receipts should be kept by the student for tax purposes; photocopies of receipts must be submitted as part of the final report.) ​
  • Please prepare the final report in a professional manner, organize receipts in order, and make sure your name appears on every page of the report.
  • 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 unused funds.

​Who can I contact with questions?

  • The faculty members of the Anderson Committee for 2019-20 are Politics professors Tsung Chi and Jennifer Piscopo.