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Freedman Award Application Information
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Call for Proposals
The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce a new round of competition for the Freedman Award for Undergraduate Research in Anthropology. The award supports anthropological research by undergraduate students, in particular honors students and Anthropology majors. Research may be undertaken in support of a thesis, as part of a class project, in connection with the Anthropology Collections, or in collaboration with a faculty member. Awards of up to $3000 will be awarded for research in the summer or fall 2021. Proposals must comply with COVID-19 policies and guidelines, including Student Travel policies (see page 2 of the document). Funds will be disbursed only for expenses deemed eligible under current Cornell guidelines.
Examples of research-related activities that may be funded include, but are not limited to:
- Acquisition of documents, reports, and books
- Purchase of research-related software or other specialized equipment
- The cost of an archaeological or ethnographic field school
- Local research assistance
- Compensation/gifts for interviewees
- Travel expenses
To be eligible, applicants must be:
- Anthropology Majors or Minors, with preference for honors students and majors
- Full time students at Cornell University at both the time of application and the proposed use of the funds
- In good academic standing, with a GPA of 3.0 or better
- Preference will be given to students spending three or more weeks conducting research.
The application packet must include:
- The application form, available online here.
- A 2-3 page (double-spaced) proposal that addresses the following:
- The rationale for the research project, including its purpose and specific research questions
- How you prepared for the research project (which Anthropology and other relevant courses have you taken, such as anthropological methods, topical, or area study courses?)
- Any relevant language skills
- A discussion and justification of the methods you will use to collect the data or documentation for your project
- The project’s significance
- A short statement about the project’s relevance to your scholarly and career objectives.
- A copy of your most recent transcript
- A brief letter of support from a faculty member familiar with you and the project and who has agreed to serve as an advisor during the course of the research
Deadline: May 21, 2021. To be eligible for consideration, the application packet must be complete and submitted by email to Megan Olivares at email@example.com. Contact Megan Olivares for logistical questions regarding the submission. For other information, contact Professor Sofia Villenas (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
International travel changes, effective June 1
Vice Provost Wendy Wolford
Beginning June 1, faculty, staff and students — graduate, professional and undergraduate — may petition to travel internationally on essential or non-essential Cornell-related business and research, provided that the financial expenditure has been approved.
All travelers will be required to petition the International Travel Health and Safety office and the International Travel Advisory and Response Team (ITART) so that these teams can evaluate the health and safety aspects of the requested travel. Permission to travel will depend on several factors, including COVID-19 national indicators from the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control, advice from Cornell’s travel risk associates, local conditions, vaccination status of the individual traveling, and their overall travel plan. All approvals are subject to change should conditions change. Undergraduate students will not be permitted to travel to any destination with a CDC COVID-19 notice of 3 or 4 or Department of State travel advisory of 3 or 4.
Please refer to the Pandemic Travel Policy page for details on how to petition for travel. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination can be uploaded to the Daily Check. Registration of international travel in the Cornell travel registry is required for all faculty, staff and students. Successful petitions are automatically included in the travel registry, which will provide users with additional location information, resources and guidance.
No international, Cornell-led programs are permitted to run this summer. Such travel may be permitted in the fall, but all prospective programs must petition ITART for approval.