Lampert Faculty Scholars Program

Application Deadline to be announced


The program invites applications from faculty seeking financial support for research advancing the broad mission of the Lampert Institute, which is to promote greater understanding of important issues relating to civic affairs and public policy.

The institute supports faculty research and development in areas related either to the institute’s annual theme or broader work involving civic engagement and public policy. The forms of support are various, and include funding reading groups and sponsoring conferences. Faculty who seek such support should contact Illan Nam, the Institute’s director, at

About the Award

Lampert Faculty Scholars will be awarded funds up to $10,000 to support international travel and on-site research. Up to three scholarships will be awarded annually. The primary activity supported by the Institute is the funding of travel in the service of research by tenure-stream or tenured faculty at Colgate University.


The following criteria will be used to award Lampert Faculty Scholarships:

  1. The applicant’s proposed research should explore issues relating to civic affairs and public policy, broadly construed, in contexts outside the United States. 
  2. Applicants can apply for both a Lampert faculty scholarship and a Research Council major grant at the same time. However, only one award will be granted to a faculty member in any given year. 
  3. The proposed research promises to result in significant contributions to the field of humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences, or to interdisciplinary endeavors.
  4. The travel related to the proposed research should be limited to a few weeks (though in exceptional circumstances additional time will be supported if the budget allows).
  5. While proposals for research in any international location will be considered, those focused in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, or South or Central America will be given priority.

The Lampert Institute may also ask for letters of support demonstrating feasibility of the proposed research.

Supported Categories

  • Travel and living expenses. All travel and per diem expenses must conform to Colgate University’s Travel Policy. Expenses must be verified with receipts and should not exceed the limits stated in the University Travel Policy Guidelines or the Research Council guidelines.
  • Research supplies, equipment or fees (e.g., archive access). Purchases of computer equipment, software and related items must be coordinated through Information Technology Services and comply with Colgate standards, when possible.


Applications should include the following:

  1. Cover page, listing title of project, the applicant, and his or her department or program
  2. One-page project summary
  3. Project narrative (limit: 8 pages double-spaced, 12-point font)
  4. Budget (refer to the Colgate University Research Council Guidelines for current travel and cost of living expense limits)
  5. Explanation of budget (use the budget form from the Research Council and follow the allowable expenses within each category)
  6. Curriculum vitae of the applicant
  7. Supporting letters or other documents may be included as appendices

Deadline and Notification

All applications should be submitted to Angela Carrizosa Aparicio either by campus mail or by email.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Director of the Lampert Institute and its Advisory Board. All recommendations for funding are subject to final approval by the Dean of Faculty/Provost and President. It is expected that the funds be used by June 1, 2020. Applicants should consult with the Director of the Lampert Institute to request an exception.


Lampert Faculty Scholars must provide a written summary of the outcomes of their research to the Director on or before June 1, 2019 and are expected to present their work to the university during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Lampert Faculty Scholars

2018 Recipients

  • Carolina Castilla, Department of Economics, "Women Empowerment and Intimate Partner Violence in Dominican Republic"
  • Jessica Graybill, Department of Geography and Russian and Eurasian Studies, "Hope on Hold? Shifting Grounds for Sustainable Development in the Russian Arctic"
  • Jacob Mundy, Program in Peace and Conflict Studies, "Engineers of Political Order: Infrastructures, Technological Governance, and the (Un)Making of Modern Libya"
  • Andy Pattison, Program in Environmental Studies, "The Impact of Land-Use Policy in Baja California, Mexico"
  • Susan Thomson, Program in Peace and Conflict Studies, "Raw Hope, New Life? Everyday Experiences of Foreign African Refugee Women in Cape Town"
  • April Baptiste, Program in Environmental Studies, "Environmentalism of Decolonization"
  • Navine Murshid, Department of Political Science, "Borders and Belonging: The Marginalization of Bengali Muslims in West Bengal"
  • David Robinson, Department of History, "Telling Stories and Selling Rulership after the Mongol Empire's Collapse"
  • Bineyam Taye, Department of Biology, "Immunohemotological Profile of Individuals with Podoconiosis in Rural Ethiopia"
  • Daisaku Yamamoto, Department of Geography and Asian Studies, "Nuclear Power Plants and Local Economic Reliance in Japan"
  • Carolyn Guile, Department of Art and Art History, “Wooden Vernacular Architecture of Southern Poland-Galicia: Form, Function, and Cultural Legacy, c.1600-1960"
  • Jacob Klein, Department of Philosophy, “Nature and Reason in Stoic Ethics"
  • Ellen Kraly, Department of Geography, “'Ancestors' Words': Noongar Writing in Western Australia Government Archives (1860s - 1960s)"
  • Susan Thomson, Program in Peace and Conflict Study, "New Life, Raw Hope? Everyday Experiences of Foreign African Refugee Women in Cape Town”
  • Jing Wang, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, “Integration of Heaven and Human”: A Critical Rethinking of Western Philosophical Views of China 1700s-1900s
  • Beth Parks, Department of Physics and Astronomy, “Measuring Air Quality in Uganda”
  • Ryan Solomon, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Xenophobia in the Rainbow Nation: Citizenship and Belonging in Post-Apartheid South Africa”
  • Emilio Spadola, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, “Spiritual Security: Globalization and the Moroccan Sufi Revival”
  • Kira Stevens, Department of History, “Migration and the Transformation of Identity: Swiss Colonies in 19th- and 20th-Century Russia”