Now Accepting 2023 Applications for Summer Research Fellows

We are pleased to announce four Island Campus Summer Research Fellowships for 2023. Island Campus Fellows will work a minimum of 350 hours over the summer at a level III wage. Students will live on Allen Island while conducting independent research half time. The other half of the job is to support Island Campus programming by greeting island visitors, serving as an educational resource, and helping to maintain the islands.

Fellows must identify a specific research project in collaboration with a Colby faculty or staff mentor. Research must centrally incorporate elements of the islands’ place, history, or community. For example, research on island intertidal ecology, ornithology, climate, the lobster fishery, marine trash, sustainable gardening, photography, sculpture, architecture, creative writing, and Native American history would all be considered.

Support of island programming will require working with the islands’ professional staff. Support tasks will include greeting and guiding island visitors, painting, mowing, trail maintenance, and other jobs as assigned. Summer Fellows must be comfortable working on and near the water and have a clean driving record (and the ability to become Colby driver-certified) is strongly preferred.

Student Research Fellows will live full-time on the islands rent-free in comfortable accommodations and will be responsible for purchasing and cooking their own meals. Transport by boat to and from the islands is included in living expenses. Fellows will be able to work with island staff to access the mainland as needed (within reason) for personal appointments, grocery shopping, and time-off travel. Applicants should submit here (in pdf format) a cover letter, resume, one page description of their proposed research project, and endorsement letter by their research mentor. The cover letter should address the applicant’s ability to do independent research work with low (or mostly remote) supervision, experience and/or willingness to perform physically demanding work, and ability to work collaboratively in small groups and/or in remote locations. Review of applications will begin on 2/12/23.

Students interested in learning more about this opportunity are encouraged to contact Whitney King, [email protected], in advance of the application deadline. Current students will have priority in the hiring process, although graduating seniors with particularly strong research proposals will be considered.