Summer Research Fellowships

The Bucknell Institute for Public Policy is seeking students interested in a summer research fellowship.

Fellowship Description & Process

The BIPP research intern will engage in collaborative research with an individual faculty member on a research project for the equivalent of 8-12 weeks of full-time  over the course of the summer.  After an initial review of the application, potential research fellows will review a catalog of public-policy relevant research projects, meet and discuss the project with several faculty members.  Faculty and student researchers will be matched with one another based on the preferences of both.  The nature of the research conducted by the student will vary depending on the project match.  Students may be involved in all phases of the project. For example, activities might include the following or other tasks:

  • literature searches and reviews and/or archival research,
  • conducting & interviews or focus groups
  • writing survey/interview questions
  • analyzing data from secondary sources, and
  • drafting of publications

The project will be for an 8-12 week period, involving about 30 hours per week, depending on the needs of the project. You will also attend weekly workshops, present the research project at the Sigma Xi and/or the SVURS poster sessions and at at least one on campus event during the following academic year (Posters Plus or the Kalman Research Symposium, for example). At the end of the summer you will submit a self-assessment and summary of your summer experience for potential publication by the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy. The fellowship award is $3000 and you qualify for on-campus housing with this fellowship opportunity.

Application Requirements

Students should submit a letter of interest, a copy of their Bucknell transcript, a writing sample, a resume and a letter of recommendation, preferably from a faculty member.  The letter of application should include a description of your interest in public policy related research.  

Note: If the proposed project involves human or animal subjects, it is the student’s and faculty member’s responsibility to obtain any required IRB or IACUC approvals.

Applications will be accepted electronically, as a submission to this google form:

The deadline for submission is March 3, 2017.     

FURTHER INFORMATION:  If you have questions about your application as you are developing it please contact Professor Amy Wolaver,


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