Beck Botanical Fellowship for Summer Research

Through a generous gift to the Biology Department from Don Beck ¹52 and the Pfizer Foundation, we have funds to support summer research in botany (including ecological, evolutionary, systematic, molecular, and genetic approaches to botanical questions).  This research can be carried out in Middlebury or any other field or laboratory site.  Current Middlebury College students can apply for this fellowship. Faculty can apply for this fellowship, on behalf of a student, to hire students to work as field assistants on a faculty-led project.  Alternatively, students may apply for this fellowship to pursue an independent project of their own design.

You must have a Middlebury faculty sponsor, even for research done under the auspices of a faculty member at another institution.  The primary stipulation is that the research relates to plants.

For students who work with a Middlebury faculty member as a Summer Research Assistant, the fellowship will pay a weekly stipend, at the rate established by the Student Employment Office, for up to 10 weeks of full-time summer research.  For students living on the Middlebury College campus, a weekly room and board fee (set annually by the SEO) will be deducted from the paycheck.  Up to $1000 in research-related expenses may be covered, including travel costs, supplies and equipment.  Applicants should consult the Student Employment Office and the Sponsored Research Office¹s web pages for current rates.  Estimates for the cost of supplies and equipment must include shipping costs.

For students who work with another research facility, the fellowship will cover expenses associated with the research. These include travel, food, housing, research supplies for the duration of the research up to a maximum of $4000. If additional summer funding is needed, students may also apply to CCI or SRPS as appropriate.

Applications must be submitted through the Undergraduate Research Office by the faculty sponsor, at the time of URO's annual spring deadline for summer research funding.

  Details on what to submit and when can be found at the URO website:

Funds must be spent by September 30 of the year the fellowship is awarded, and a final report is due to the Biology Department chair by that date.

Department of Biology

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