ACSP Summer Research Grant

The ACSP Summer Research Grant is designed to provide financial support for one rising sophomore to engage in research during the summer (typically 10 weeks, 35 hours per week). The research project must derive out of the student’s work in either ACS1000: Ancients or ACS1001: Moderns. The grant recipient will have a Faculty Mentor (who teaches ACS but who may or may not be the recipient’s ACS instructor).

The 2017 ACSP Summer Research Grant application deadline is April 10, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. A letter of support from the Faculty Mentor is due no later than April 10, 2017. The ACSP Summer Research Grant Selection Committee will notify applicants on Monday, April 17. The recipient of the grant must apply for CURF-sponsored summer housing by no later than Friday, April 21, 2017. In the summer of 2017 the research grant period covers May 30-August 2, 2017. 

Email the completed application as a single document to:

The Augustine and Culture Seminar Program (ACSP) is pleased to announce the call for proposals for the inaugural ACSP Summer Research Grant. The research project must derive from but extend beyond the recipient’s work in either ACS1000: Ancients or ACS1001: Moderns. Rising sophomores from all Colleges may apply for funding to undertake a (humanities-based) scholarly research project with an ACSP-affiliated Faculty Sponsor.

Research projects are conducted during the summer (typically 10 weeks, 35 hours a week; in the summer of 2017 the research period is from May 30-August 2, 2017). The ACSP Summer Research Grant recipient will receive a stipend of $3,500 for their summer research. On-campus housing accommodations (room and board) for the summer are available for those whose research requires ready access to campus resources. Students must complete the application for CURF-sponsored summer housing in order to be considered for these accommodations.

  • Students must be enrolled as full-time undergraduates during the period of their funded activities. For the Summer 2017 grant, eligibility is limited to rising sophomores.
  • Research projects associated with academic course credit are not eligible for funding; projects may be occasioned by previous coursework and must derive from the student’s work in ACS1000: Ancients or ACS1001: Moderns, but all projects must be documented as substantive developments beyond the original work.
  • Collaboration between faculty and student researchers is encouraged, but student authorship within the project must be the core element; projects for which students are serving primarily as research assistants for faculty projects will not be funded.
  • All project proposals must include their intended results and the venue within which the completed scholarship will be disseminated. ACSP Summer Research Grant recipients should at minimum participate in the Fall Undergraduate Research Poster Session. In addition, the grant recipient might contribute to a Fall or Spring Cultural Event.
  • Students must complete the Responsible Conduct of Research course (offered during the official research period)

Items 1-6 must be submitted – in that order – as a single pdf document. Email your proposal by 11:59 pm on April 10, 2017 to:

1.    Cover letter listing your name, address and contact information, College, project title, and Faculty Sponsor. 

2.    Research Proposal Statement

This two-page document outlines the Who/What/When/Where/Why/How of your proposal for the ACSP Summer Research Grant project. In your Research Proposal you must explain the relation between your proposed project and your experience in either ACS1000: Ancients and/or ACS1001: Moderns. Developing a strong, feasible, and compelling project that can be completed in 10 weeks is the most important aspect of a successful grant proposal. Key points include a description of the proposed project, methods, final product, and anticipated schedule.

A maximum of two pages of text will be accepted (not including bibliography).

Format: single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman, 1-inch margins.

3.    Bibliography (if necessary)

4.    Personal Statement

This one-page narrative is designed to give reviewers a picture of you as an individual and about the trajectory you have followed and your future plans. Concentrate on how your background has influenced your development and how that relates to the proposed project. This should not be a reiteration of your resume or elaboration of the Research Proposal. Consider: Why is this research important to you, academically, personally, or professionally?

Format: single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman, 1-inch margins.

5.    Unofficial transcript (Fall semester and Spring mid-terms)

6.    Supplemental Budget (of no more than $200)

  • Provide a budget for anticipated costs (purchasing texts, photocopying texts, gaining access to archives or specialized databases, etc.)  The budget document should consist of a table of the budget information with brief justification. A budget justification must accompany each expense item and include: Item, Quantity, Cost, Justification, Total Expense.
  • Please note the stipend amount will be $3500 for the ACSP Summer Research grant (typically 10 weeks, 35 hours per week). This amount is taxable. The ACSP Summer Research Grant committee reserves the right to set limits on supplementary project costs.

7.    Arrange to have a Faculty Sponsor Letter of Support emailed to

Your faculty sponsor should address your academic potential and your ability to successfully complete the proposed project.

8.  Apply for CURF-Sponsored Summer Housing by no later than Friday, April 21.  Information on CURF-Sponsored Summer housing, including a link to the application, can be found here:

You have been asked to serve as the Faculty Mentor for an ACSP Summer Research Grant candidate. If awarded, the ACSP Summer Research Grant will provide funding for the student to conduct independent research under your mentorship. These awards are granted to students with strong academic records who show potential to excel in scholarly research.

As part of your sponsorship, you will be asked to write a letter of recommendation. In this letter, please try to address all of the following items:

  • How long you have known the student and in what capacity.
  • With specific examples, provide your evaluation of the applicant’s academic, intellectual and/or artistic abilities with respect to the proposed project.
  • The nature of any special training or preparation the student has completed.
  • Your role as sponsor or collaborator in the project.
  • In general terms where the project fits into your area of specialty or field of study.
  • Your critical assessment of the probability of successful completion of the work outlined in the student’s proposal. (ACSP Summer Research Grant projects should be completed in approximately 10 weeks.)
  • Your letter of support must contain a declaration of your commitment to serve as Advisor and Mentor to the student and state your commitment to assist the student in completing a successful, active, independent scholarly project; this commitment is essential — and distinct from utilizing the student as a research assistant for your own scholarly research. It also assures the student will engage in a meaningful research experience with you as a collaborator.
Email the letter of support to:
Scalaro and Clausen

Congratulations to Emilia Scalaro, first ACS winner of the Summer Research Grant.  She will be mentored by Dr. Ian Clausen.