Loyola University Maryland

Center for the Humanities

Student Summer Fellowships

These fellowships support student work on scholarly or creative projects in the humanities for ten consecutive weeks during the summer under the direction of a full-time Loyola faculty member. Students receive stipends of $4,000 each and are eligible for campus housing, if they wish; faculty mentors receive stipends of $1,000. The Center hopes to award at least four of these fellowships each year.


  • Any Loyola undergraduate student, either full-time or part-time, including graduating seniors, is eligible to apply; ordinarily, full-time students will be given preference over part-time students. The student applicant must not necessarily be majoring in a humanities discipline but his or her proposed project must be in the humanities. A student may receive this fellowship in more than one year.
  • The fellowships are intended to support advanced work on a particular topic of interest related to the humanities either in subject matter or in methodology. Introductory or survey projects or those which duplicate existing courses are not eligible. The student may not receive academic credit for the project.
  • The faculty mentor must ordinarily be in the humanities.

Standards for Proposals

Student proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The quality of the proposal, including its general conception, its organization, and the clarity of its description of the project;
  • The significance of the proposed work within its discipline in the humanities;
  • The student's ability, qualifications and the likelihood that he or she will complete the project successfully;
  • The faculty mentor's competence in the discipline and specific area of the project; and
  • The testimony of the faculty mentor's letter of recommendation.


The student proposal should include the following:

  • The application cover page;
  • A typed, double-spaced proposal of 1,000 words or less (about four pages) which includes the title of the project and describes its objectives and methodology, its significance to the relevant humanities discipline and to the student's education;
  • A bibliography (of texts and secondary sources already consulted and of those the student plans to consult) may also be included, especially for scholarly projects, in addition to the 1,000 word proposal;
  • The faculty mentor's letter of recommendation (500 words maximum) should assess the quality of his or her student's proposal, the student's preparedness to undertake the project, and should describe the faculty member's own expertise in the area of the student's proposal; and
  • If the student is to assist in the faculty mentor's research, both the student proposal and the faculty mentor's letter of recommendation must clearly make the case that this project will be of as much educational benefit to the student as a project which did not contribute to the faculty mentor's research.

A final report is due to the director of the Center by Sept. 30, consisting of three parts:

  • A copy of the student's written work;
  • A one-page letter from the student evaluating the experience; and
  • A one-page letter from the faculty mentor evaluating the experience.

Payments to the student will be in installments: $1,750 by June 1, $1,750 by July 15, and $500 upon submission of the final report.


The student's application and the faculty mentor's letter of recommendation (sent separately) must be submitted electronically to the Program Assistant esgarrett@loyola.edu by the last (working) day of February for projects for the following summer.

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