Fellowships

For more information, download the Student Fellowships Information Session 2021

A Fellowship is defined as an activity outside the conventional classroom that complements and broadens the student's program of liberal arts education. Fellowships support co-curricular experiences in which students take intellectual ownership in a faculty-mentored project or experience. Students or faculty may apply for fellowships for one or more academic semesters or for the summer. 

Self-Designed Fellowships

Fellowships may be designed by students or by faculty/staff who wish to mentor student fellows. The fellowship experience should complement and broaden the student's program of liberal arts education. This may be accomplished through a variety of experiences, including application of knowledge to a novel problem and/or investigation of a research question, community engagement, making connections between/among different disciplines or programs of study, specific career preparation and/or professional development, training for graduate or professional school, engagement across differences (through contact with people with different ideas, backgrounds, and experiences), and/or leadership development. Applications received by February 1 will be given priority for funding. Use this Word version of the Fellowship Application to record a draft of your answers; applications should be submitted using the online Fellowship Application.

Contact Dr. Brian Larkins, Director of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research, for more information.

Lainoff Fellowships

Funding from Trustee Lainoff provides the opportunity to participate in experiential learning projects in various disciplines, with preference given to students majoring in Theatre or English. Students may propose their own fellowship as long as the fellowship is not faith based, scientific, or politically or socially conservative. Although there is a rolling deadline for Lainoff Fellowship applications, students are encouraged to submit applications by February 1. Use this Word version of the Fellowship Application to record a draft of your answers; applications should be submitted using the online Fellowship Application. Applicants should also contact Dr. Brian Larkins, Director of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research, to indicate their interest in applying for a Lainoff Fellowship.

Hatzenbuehler Summer Ministry Fellowship for Social Justice

Students with an interest and past involvement in ministry and/or social issues through a social justice lens can apply for the Hatzenbuehler Fellowship. Social justice may include working toward equality for individuals and groups (e.g., in terms of gender, race or human sexuality) or larger community and world issues (e.g., homelessness, poverty, multi-cultural understanding, religious or ethnic tolerance, environmental or health care concerns). Applications received by February 1 will be given priority for funding. Use this Word version of the Fellowship Application to record a draft of your answers; applications should be submitted using the online Fellowship Application. However, applicants should also contact Dr. Brian Larkins, Director of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research, for a copy of additional questions that must be submitted with this application.

Summer Service Fellowship

The Summer Service Fellowship is an intensive, nine-week summer experience that challenges students to engage in significant community projects—either those identified by a community organization or something the participating student develops. The fellowship provides academic credit.

The program commitment is 40 hours a week: on average 35 hours per week are devoted to community projects and 5 hours per week are devoted to group programming. Fellows are paid $3,492 ($9.70 an hour) and campus housing is provided in one of the campus residence halls. Fellows are not required to live at Rhodes and may not hold another job or attend summer school so that participants have time and energy to fully engage in the experience.

View the Summer Service Fellowship Application. The deadline to apply is February 15. Please contact Sandi George Tracy, Scott Garner, or Brittney Jackson for questions.

The Mike Curb Institute Fellows

The Mike Curb Institute provides real-world musical experiences in Memphis that link to their studies on campus. Work in a variety of areas, including audio/video production, PR/Marketing, Research and Preservation, and Community Engagement. 

Students interested in pursuing a Curb Fellowship should contact Prof. John Bass, and are highly encouraged to take the Music and Community in Memphis course (URBN 262).

Turley Memphis Center Fellowship in the Arts

These fellowships will allow students to launch and sustain arts-related projects in partnership with a faculty mentor. These projects will be wide-ranging and are designed to bring a student's classroom interests into contact with the unique opportunities of the Memphis area. Applications received by February 1 will be given priority for funding. Please contact Dr. Stephanie Cage, Associate Director of the Turley Memphis Center, for more information.

City Grant Fellowship

The City Grant Fellowship is funded by the City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development and offers funding for student interns to provide research, data analysis, and project assistance project assistance related to housing and community development to Memphis-based organizations.

City Grant Fellows have used this funding to work at the Wellness and Stress Clinic of Memphis, BRIDGES USA Inc., Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Caritas Village, Just City, and Memphis River Parks Partnership. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and students are encouraged to reach out with questions early in the semester. For more information and to discuss eligibility and requirements, contact Iris Mercado, Program Coordinator.

Health Equity Summer Fellowship

The Health Equity Fellowship is a full-time, funded summer fellowship experience for Rhodes students. Fellows will have the opportunity to work on projects that address disparities that impair human health and flourishing and that contribute to building a culture of equity. As part of the equity fellowship, student fellows will participate in a community of practice to build a culture of equity at Rhodes College, make the campus more diverse and inclusive, enrich student experience inside and outside the classroom, and strengthen relationships with community partners. Fellows will be expected to share their projects and experiences with the broader community at Rhodes and in Memphis. Students who have completed preparatory work to address social inequalities are encouraged to apply. Applications received by February 1 will be given priority for funding. Contact Dr. Stephanie Cage for more information.

Rhodes/UT Neuroscience Research Fellowship

This fellowship provides an opportunity for students with an interest in the neurosciences to gain extensive research experience at the Neuroscience Institute/Center of Excellence at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, located just 10 minutes from the Rhodes campus.

Students must commit to one summer (12 weeks) of full-time work, as well as 8 to 10 hours per week during the academic year. They will engage in a project that culminates in a formal research report, and students will be required to present their work at regional and/or national meeting. Students will have the opportunity to extend their fellowship for a second summer. Eligible students may conduct Honors Research in their mentor’s lab.

This fellowship is available for students following their second or third year at Rhodes. A campus housing option will be provided with the fellowship during the summer. Preference will be given to students who are interested in extending this experience beyond the one- year commitment.

When and How to Apply:​ 

For more information on the UT/Rhodes Neuroscience Fellowship, details on the application process, and application due dates, please contact Dr. David Kabelik.

Applications for the 2022 Rhodes/UT Neuroscience Research Fellowship open December 7, 2021, and close on January 24, 2022.  Application instructions are here.  Apply here. 
UTHSC NI Mentors

St. Jude Summer Plus Fellowship

Rhodes and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have partnered to offer qualified Rhodes students an intensive research experience that pairs students with St. Jude scientists and places them into St. Jude’s laboratories for a period of two summers and the intervening academic year. Through this experience, students become fully engaged citizens in the scientific community of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a world-class pediatric clinical and research facility focusing on cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.

Students must commit to two summers (12 weeks/summer, full-time with pay) as well as 10 hours per week during the academic year (2 course credits per semester plus F11 credit). They will engage in a project that culminates in a formal research report, and students will be required to present their work at a local, regional or national meeting. 

This fellowship is available for students following their first, second, or third year at Rhodes. Preference will be given to students with demonstrated academic success and prior research experience or relevant laboratory coursework.  A campus housing option will be provided with the fellowship during the summers.  In some years, an option for a project that includes an international component in the first summer may be available.

When and How to Apply:​ 

For more information on the St. Jude Summer Plus Fellowship, details on the application process, and application due dates, please contact Dr. Gary Lindquester.

Applications for the 2022 St. Jude Summer Plus Fellowships open December 7, 2021, and close on January 24, 2022.  Application instructions are here.  Apply here
2022-2023 Mentors and Projects (PDF)

Le Bonheur Summer Plus Fellowship

Work with treatment teams at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital to interact directly with patients as well as to conduct research and quality improvement projects. Contact Jessica Kelso; applications open on December 7 and are due January 24.

Application instructions are hereApply here.
 

Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies

The Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies (RIRS) is an 8-week summer program that allows students of any major to study a research topic or creative activity of any discipline through the regional lens of Memphis and the greater Mid-South Area. Contact Prof. Charles McKinney; the deadline for application proposals is March 12; applications received by February 1 will be given priority for funding. Please see updated RIRS Application Guidelines.

Writing Fellow

Writing Fellows serve as tutors in the college's Writing Center and may be assigned as a mentor and assistant to a First-Year Writing Seminar. Fellows must complete their application, including the faculty recommendation, by February 15. Fellowships are for the following academic year. Fellows also enroll in a 2 or 4-credit training course in the fall semester. Contact Dr. Rebecca Finlayson.

Application instructions are here.  Apply here.

Robert Buckman Fellowships for Study Abroad

Awarded to five students each semester, the Buckman Fellowship for Study Abroad supports outstanding students from any academic discipline for a semester or an academic year on study abroad. The fellowship is for $10,000; applicants supply a letter of interest and two faculty letters of recommendation. Upon return to Rhodes, the fellows present their Buckman Project, an individualized presentation intended to explore the student’s interpretations of the host culture and/or the student’s academic interests as impacted by their time abroad. Past fellows have studied neuroscience in Copenhagen, Latin American studies in Buenos Aires, and international studies in Seoul, to name a few. Deadlines are March 15 and October 15. For more information and to apply, please visit the Buckman Center for International Education.