The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs invites proposals from Colby faculty and continuing students for funding of original research projects on topics related to public affairs or civic engagement in which the student will be involved as a significant collaborator with a member of the faculty. A wide range of research projects may qualify for funding under this program, however, the student collaborator must be involved to the extent of co-authoring or co-presenting the final product.


Grants will range from $1000 – $3000, with maximum funding allocated to those grants that require international travel or extensive student time during winter break. Funds may be allocated to cover any legitimate research expenses including, but not limited to: a stipend to the student collaborator, purchase of research materials, and travel, food, and lodging expenses associated with data gathering.

*Note: All students submitting grant proposals to the Goldfarb Center will automatically be considered for funding from DavisConnects.


Applicants should submit a proposal that clearly lays out the following information:

● A brief abstract (150 words or less) describing the project

● The nature of the specific project

● The topic’s connection to the Goldfarb Center’s public affairs mission

● The nature of the collaboration between the faculty member and the student

● A detailed research design to include:

  • the specific research questions to be examined
  • a brief literature review that indicates the significance of your research questions
  • a description of the methodology, including a clear indication of how data will be gathered and how variables will be defined
  • a proposed timeline for data-gathering and writing

● A proposed budget with an itemization of projected expenses and rationale

● The intended product

● *Optional: If applicable, please explain any extenuating circumstances that may have impacted your academic record

● *Optional: If applicable, please explain any extenuating circumstances surrounding your financial need

If the project involves human subjects, the proposal should be submitted to Colby’s Institutional Review Board simultaneously with submission to the Goldfarb Center. Your project must be approved before we will disburse funds.

No application will be reviewed unless all of the items listed above are included.


The proposal should specify the intended end product for the project and at least preliminary thoughts on means of dissemination. Students receiving funding under this program will be expected to make presentations as part of the Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium. NOTE: Included in the end product of the research, recipients are required to submit to the Goldfarb Center’s administrative assistant Kim Bard ( a detailed report of all expenses paid for by the grant money (including copies of receipts organized by date). Failure to do so will preclude future grants. Reports are due mid-February.

Sandy Maisel Student Fellows

Thanks to a generous gift of a group of alumni seeking to honor Professor Maisel, students receiving research grants will be named as Sandy Maisel Student Fellows for the academic year in which their work is completed and should include that designation on all work that results from this grant. Sandy Maisel Student Fellows are expected to attend Goldfarb Center events throughout the year on a regular basis.


The grant application deadline is rolling.

Further information

For questions about the grant process, contact Sarah Whitfield at

For all other questions, contact Goldfarb Center Assistant Director Sherry Berard at