About the Farrell Fellowship Program
In 2014, the Department of Political Science launched the elite Farrell Fellowship program in honor of former political science professor R. Barry Farrell. Over 60 students and 30 faculty have participated thus far.
Purpose: The program offers Political Science majors the opportunity to work with professors on their research. It provides faculty members with paid research assistants, called “Farrell Fellows”, and enables students to learn about the process of conducting academic research from their faculty mentors.
Benefits: Farrell Fellows do not receive academic credit for participating, but are instead paid an hourly wage of $15 (pay rate is effective for 2018-19 fellows). Fellows may work a maximum of 10 hrs/wk during the academic year and 40 hrs/wk during the summer. The selection process is not need-based and is not connected to the federal Work Study program. The program may also fund other expenses that support the research, such as travel to research venues, conference fees, research materials, and provide a small stipend to help offset summer housing costs.
Students must apply, interview and be selected by a faculty member to participate in the program. Visit the application page to learn more about the application process, current faculty projects and to download the application.
How The Farrell Fellowship Program differs from other research assistantships
- Fellows play an important role in a major research project that unfolds over an extended period of time (usually more than one quarter), exposing them to multiple stages of project development.
- Faculty are not only supervisors but also mentors, teaching Fellows about the intricacies of political science research, from the identification of a research problem to the development of key research questions to the choice of research design and appropriate method to the collection and analysis of data.
- Training sessions are occasionally held on quantitative, qualitative, or interpretive research methods. Fellows thus learn analytical and methodological skills while gaining hands-on research experience.
- Lunches and meetings with participating faculty and students are regularly held to share updates on the research projects and to build community and inspire collaboration.
- Participating faculty and students have access to shared resources, including templates, training resources, and tutorials.
Farrell Fellowship: Critical Skill Development
Julian Gerez, ’17 presented key tips and habits for a successful experience to incoming Farrell Fellows. For his work with Professor Marina Henke, Julian was acknowledged in her publication, Has UN Peacekeeping Become More Deadly? Analyzing Trends in UN Fatalities.
Julian Gerez's experience illustrates how the Farrell Fellowship program builds valuable, professional skills that translate into multiple career paths. Other Weinberg alumni discuss ways their liberal arts education translated to a diverse career path through Weinberg’s Student-Alumni Engagement Program.
Below outlines Julian's recommendations for a successful fellowship.
Julian also outlined how the Farrell Fellowship benefitted his skillset and resume, all applicable to employment, graduate school, law school, etc.:
Farrell Fellowship: Collaborative Research Spotlight
Over the past three summers, Professor Richard Joseph has worked with his Farrell Fellows to digitize his highly influencial articles, commentaries, and books on Nigeria. The first volume, The Nigerian Crucible: Politics and Governance in a Conglomerate Nation, 1977-2017, has recently been made available to the public online.
Four additional collections of articles, arranged chronologically and thematically, will be published in the fall and winter. This project will facilitate the writing and publishing of a long-promised second book on Nigeria. As the country goes through a particularly challenging period - elections in early 2019, intensified criticism of the federal system, and the president on extended medical leave in the U.K. - the online volume will be an important resource for scholars, students, and analysts.
This important collection would not have been possible without the hard work of current and former students: Alexander Smith ('20), Samuel Hall ('17), Drew D'Alelio ('16), Samuel Learner ('16).
Questions? Please contact Pamela Straw, Undergraduate Program Assistant.Back to top