2012-2013 ELLA DELORIA UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

THE 2012-2013 ELLA DELORIA
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

 The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce the third year of Ella Deloria Undergraduate Research Fellowships: departmentally funded ethnographic research fellowships for Columbia Anthropology majors pursuing fieldwork during the summer between their junior and senior years.  The fellowships are intended for research in preparation for writing a senior thesis or in connection with a substantial independent study project.  Awards will be made based on the quality of an applicant's proposal as well as an applicant's preparation for the proposed research.  Resources permit fellowships of up to $1000 be awarded to approximately ten Anthropology juniors.

While the Ella Deloria Undergraduate Research Fellowship program is designed to support research among Columbia Anthropology majors, it is intended as well as a way of honoring the memory of Ella Cara Deloria (1889-1971), member of a prominent Sioux family, a graduate of Columbia University (B.A. in education, 1914), one of the first truly bilingual, bicultural figures in American anthropology, and an extraordinary scholar, teacher, and spirit who pursued her own work and commitments under notoriously adverse conditions.  At one point she lived out of a car while collecting material for Franz Boas.  Her publications include the definitive linguistic works Dakota Texts (1932) and Dakota Grammar (1941); the ethnographic classic on Dakota culture, Speaking of Indians (1944); and the virtually avant-garde Waterlily (begun in the 1940s), a novel/ethnography which pushed the boundaries of academic writing:  an "unself-conscious and never precious or quaint pairing of scholarship and fiction" (Kirkus Reviews).  It is to Ella Deloria's spirit that the Department of Anthropology's undergraduate research fellowship program is dedicated. 

 

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants should submit a proposal articulating the following: 1) the purpose of the project and your understanding of its anthropological significance (What makes this project so compelling?); 2) the particular skills, experience, and studies the applicant brings to the project (How have you prepared for this project and what literature do you draw on?); and 3) a detailed description of exactly how the project will be carried out (What sorts of questions will be asked? What is the project's specific focus? Where is the project sited and what is its timing?).  The proposal should include a project title as well as a brief budget. The complete proposal should be no longer than five double-spaced pages.  Five copies of the proposal should be submitted to the designated box in the Department of Anthropology office (452 Schermerhorn Extension)  no later than 2:00pm Friday, March 29, 2013.

 

All inquiries should be directed to the new Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Claudio Lomnitz (cl2510@columbia.edu).

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