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In the Spring of 2002, the parents and friends of Ben Ling '98 established a fellowship to honor Ben's memory. Awarded annually, the Ling Fellowship supports a Colby Government major who undertakes either an internship or a significant research project.
While he was at Colby, Ben majored in Government and was involved in a number of internships and major research projects. A summa cum laude graduate of Colby, Ben went to Washington in order to pursue a career working on agricultural and ranching issues. He died of cancer in 2001.
To encourage and support students participating in internships or undertaking major research projects during the summer, the Fall semester, or Jan Plan.
Any sophomore or junior Government major may apply for the Ling Fellowship, which is awarded on a need-blind basis. The Ling Fellowship can run from any period of time from June 1 in the calendar year in which it is awarded, through the end of the following January.
The Ling Fellowship provides up to $2,000 towards expenses incurred during the internship or research project for which it has been awarded.
Internships may be either paid or unpaid, full-time or significant, part-time; the work of the internship must, however be clearly and significantly related to the student's academic program or professional and career goals.
Research projects must be clearly connected to a student's course of study at Colby, e.g., research for an Honors Thesis or major independent study project.
A complete application for the Ben Ling Fellowship will contain the following:
Applications are due to Megan Vigue (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Government Department secretary, by 3:00 PM on Friday, April 13. The winner will be announced at the Department's Spring Goldfarb Lecture, which will be held this year on Sunday, April 22.