Summer Interdisciplinary Research in Ethiopia Application

Application submission for the Summer 2017 program is online only, via the REU in Ethiopia Online Application.

Summer 2017 Application Deadline: Wednesday February 15, 2017 at 11:59PM EST.


With Dr Alemayehu at Bata Church

Students Lydia Ball (’13) and Ellen Evangelides (’14) meet Dr. Alemayehu Wassie, Dr. Travis Reynolds and family at Bata Church.

  • The Colby College Summer REU Site in Ethiopia is open to current undergraduate students from all U.S. institutions – including 2-year and community colleges, and all private and public colleges and universities.
  • Past experience in social or ecological field research is not required, although some specific projects may require students to have coursework experience in statistics, ecology, or related fields.
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Resident Aliens at the time of application and throughout the duration of the Summer REU Site program.
  • Students who are selected to participate will receive a generous stipend and additional financial assistance covering transportation, housing, and meals. Students from under-represented/served groups in environmental studies and sciences, students from low socioeconomic experiences, and students from institutions with limited or unavailable research opportunities are particularly encouraged to apply for this opportunity.
  • Per NSF rules, students who have received their bachelor’s degrees and are no longer enrolled as undergraduates at the time of the Summer program are not eligible to participate (

Students at Woji Church

Ethiopian and U.S. students outside Woji Church.

Application Instructions

Application requirements include:

  • Two letters of reference, at least one from a faculty member and the other from any faculty or employer familiar with your work; we encourage you to request letters early via the online letter request form;
  • A complete resume of your educational, employment and volunteer work experiences;
  • Information from your official or unofficial transcript, including school contact information and grades for relevant coursework; and
  • An up to 500-word essay describing your interest in the Summer REU Site in Ethiopia and how the program will contribute to your educational and professional goals.
  • Detailed application instructions including the application essay prompt are available on page 1 of the online application.


Notification of acceptance for the Summer 2017 program will be made by February 28, 2017.