Jerome A. Schiff Fellowship

Application Materials
Recipients Expectations 


The Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy invites applications for Jerome A. Schiff Fellowships. Made possible through a generous gift from the Jerome A. Schiff Charitable Trust, this grant enables Wellesley College to fund the independent research projects of 10-15 students during the academic year.
Schiff Fellowships are merit awards intended to support the scholarly work of students enrolled in the senior honors program. Eligibility is limited to Wellesley students currently enrolled in a 360 or intending to enroll in a 360 in spring. Students who are currently enrolled in a 370 this semester are not eligible.

The Schiff Fellowships will be granted on the basis of merit to students pursuing advanced study through the senior honors program. Applications will be evaluated based on academic merit, feasibility of the research project, and its promise for providing a meaningful and productive intellectual experience. Grants may be used to support scholarly work related to an honors thesis in a student's major field, and awardees will be selected by Wellesley's Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy.

Fellowships of $2,000 per student will be awarded, based on a competitive application process. Funds may be used to reduce work obligations during the academic year in order to devote more time to research, to cover travel and living expenses related to fieldwork, interviews, library or archival research; to purchase supplies, materials and equipment necessary to conduct research; and to cover travel and living expenses to attend appropriate academic conferences.

Application Materials

Students wishing to apply for a Jerome A. Schiff Fellowship should access the online application portal at MyWellesley > Administrivia > Especially for Students > Schiff Fellowship.  Complete the online form, then upload:

  • a current resume;
  • a 2-3 page proposal (double-spaced) describing the thesis, work completed to date, and detailed plans for the Fellowship year, including a description of how the funds will be used. Applicants should be careful to make their proposals intelligible to non-specialist readers;
  • a budget;
  • the form will prompt you to list two recommenders, your thesis advisor and another faculty member familiar with your project.  Your advisor will receive a prompt by email to upload the letter of recommendation when you submit your application.  The recommendation cannot be uploaded until the application has been submitted, and must be uploaded by October 26th. The letters should address the strength and feasibility of the student's proposed thesis, the student's ability to work independently, and the likelihood that the promise of the thesis will be fulfilled. The Committee would also welcome comments comparing the applicant's proposal to that of other students with whom the faculty member has worked. The second faculty recommender will not be required to submit a letter but will be consulted by the committee as needed.

Note that once you log into the portal, you will be able to look at successful applications from prior recipients.


The application portal will open on September 23rd; student applications must be submitted by Monday, October 19th, 9 am; advisor letters of recommendation must be uploaded by Monday, October 26th, 9 am.

Late applications will not be accepted. Schiff Fellows will be announced in early November.

Recipient Expectations

Fellowship recipients are expected to present the results of their honors work at the Ruhlman Conference. In addition, Fellows will be required to submit a one-page reflection on their use of the award to the Office of the Provost and Dean of the College before Commencement Day (before the end of exams in December, in the case of students beginning a 360 in Spring).

A recipient of the Schiff Fellowship is not eligible to also receive a Daniels Fellowship.

2015-2016 Schiff Fellowship Committee

Kimberly Cassibry, Art Department
Andrea Levitt, French and Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences Departments
Janet McDonough, Biological Sciences Department
Orit Shaer, Computer Science Department and Media Arts and Sciences Program

You may contact a member of the committee with questions.