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Farrell Summer Experiential Learning Grants

The department provides financial support for rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors to engage in summer experiential learning related to their political science studies. To be eligible, students must be continuing their Northwestern studies the following academic year (graduating students are not eligible to apply). Experiences could include an internship at a non-profit public service organization, NGO, political campaign, or other similar unpaid opportunity. Support is not provided for undergraduate research (students should apply for a University Research Grant or a Ted and Cora Ginsberg Research Grant instead) or for professional-development oriented work experiences.

Efforts to secure funding through SIGP should be made first. Students can’t accept both SIGP and our award.  Students should not expect to rely exclusively on these funds for summer funding. Applicants must be specific and forthcoming regarding other available sources of financial support.  Students' financial need for the summer may be taken into account in determining award amounts.

Upon completion of the internship, awards recipients should submit to Pamela Straw a two-page description of their internship describing how the experience contributed to their study of political science.

How to Apply

Interested students must submit an online application, attaching the following at the bottom of the online questionnaire:

Application due date: April 19th 
Students will be notified of decisions by Friday, May 11th. 

Contact Pamela Straw for any questions. 

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