Application Guidelines for the Philip J. Otis Fellowships
This information supplements the description of the Fellowship program published in the pamphlet on the Otis opportunities. Read carefully this published material.
Eligibility. All first-year,
sophomore, and junior full-time students, regardless of major, are
eligible to apply. Seniors are not eligible. A joint
application with another Bates student is possible, although
normally the grant for such a joint project may not exceed
$6,000. Since the Fellowship program aims to encourage
individual students to carry out innovative and imaginative
projects, the grants may not be used simply to cover costs of
affiliation with another institutional program unless such
participation is a small part of the otherwise individualized
Deadline. Applications must be submitted by 4:00 PM to the Office of the Dean of the Faculty on the date in February referred to in this year's pamphlet. Applications will not be accepted after this deadline. All interested students are urged to talk with one of the members of the Otis Selection Committee (listed in the current pamphlet) prior to completing their essay.
Announcement of the Fellowships is made before April 1. The exact date for this year is listed in the current pamphlet. Applicants will be informed of the selections before any public announcements. Students selected are expected to confirm their acceptance of the awards.
Application Package. There is no formal application form. However, four sets of the following items must be included in the package:
Awards and Budget. Awards, which usually do not exceed $6,000, are made through the Otis Fellowship program. Fellowships are designated as taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service; federal, Maine, Social Security, and Medicare taxes are withheld from payments. Fellows receive their funding through the College payroll system on a schedule agreed upon by the Fellow and the committee. A budget should accompany the application that includes: (1) a summer stipend of $400 per week for up to ten weeks and (2) any travel or living expenses; modest equipment costs; or translation, guiding, or transcription costs. Students are encouraged to discuss their budget with Kerry O'Brien in the Dean of Faculty's Office (122 Lane Hall, ext. 6952, email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Academic Record. The selection committee may review applicant transcripts.
Interview. The selection committee reviews all proposals and may interview some applicants.
Campus Report. Following completion of the project, each Fellow offers a presentation to the College community. Details of this obligation are discussed with each Fellow.