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Efroymson Summer Research Award

Through a generous gift from the Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF Fund, the Department of Art and Art History is pleased to announce a competition for a summer off-campus fellowship.

Two or more grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded.
Eligibility: Open to studio art and art history students who are sophomores or juniors. Non majors may apply, but priority is given to art history and studio art majors and minors. 

The Efroymson Summer Research Award invites proposals for an off-campus project, preferably an original research project, an intensive course, or a partially paid or unpaid internship. This award is intended to encourage studio art and art history students to take advantage of off-campus opportunities that will have a transformative impact, not only on the rest of the student’s undergraduate career, but also on their professional or academic career after graduation from DePauw. The project should be something that the applicant has not previously had the opportunity to do. Summer courses, if proposed, may not count towards graduation credit. See here for examples of previously funded projects. 

Decisions will be made by the faculty of the Department of Art and Art History, and will be based on the merits of the proposal, the quality of the program, and the past performance of the student. The award may be contingent on the student being accepted to a proposed program or internship. In the eventuality that the student is NOT accepted, the student may be invited to propose an alternate project or the award will be given to a runner-up. 

Application Process - Student must apply before May 10, 2023

Before this form is due, applicants are required to consult a minimum of two times with a full time member of the faculty of the Department of Art and Art History who can advise them on the suitability of the proposed project and then review their draft proposal.


Project Narrative to Include:
750 words maximum
Description: Provide concrete details about your project, especially if it involves independent research. Do not assume that the review committee is familiar with your intentions, the places you want to visit, the strength of the program you have chosen, etc.
Impact: Explain how the proposed project will have a transformative impact on your remaining undergraduate education and post-graduate career. For example, consider what classes you have or haven’t taken at DePauw, how this opportunity will prepare you to pursue other goals, etc.
Feasibility: Describe your ability to successfully complete the project. For example, explain what challenges you might face and how you will successfully navigate them, etc.

Budget Information:  See this document about preparing a budget. Provide a full budget that reflects all anticipated costs, not just what this award would support. Please indicate If some expenses will be covered by other funding sources or in-kind funding. Examples of costs to include are:

  1. Travel (expenses to project location and for local travel; mileage reimburse at 0.42 per mile) 
  2. Housing
  3. Food (maximum of $53 per day)
  4. Museum entrance fees, tools, materials, books, and other project specific expenses
  5. Tuition or program fees
  6. Other expenses
  7. Total funding request amount 

Project Report: Recipients of the award are required to submit a grant report after the project is completed that includes a narrative, a thank you letter, images, and a public presentation. These reports will be shared with the donor of the award and used for website articles and social media.

Reports are due by September 1 of the following term to Misti Scott at mscott@depauw.edu
Public presentation dates will be announced at a later time.


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