Summer Field School Fellows work with a community, government, or non-profit partner to create and complete research projects that will have a positive impact on the Upstate region.

A student fellow and a community partner sitting together at a computer terminal.

Field School Fellows

As an Upstate Institute Field School Fellow, students are responsible for building relationships in the local community while completing independent research work on innovative projects that provide a community benefit. Through a Field School Fellowship, students strengthen their skills while building the capacity of the community organization with which they are working. The Field School allows students to develop a deeper understanding of the issues facing Upstate New York and a stronger appreciation for what the region has to offer.


Field School Fellowships are paid, full time research projects for Colgate students in the Central New York region, as well as in the Adirondack Park. Field School Fellows work 35 hours per week for up to ten weeks, and this work often takes place at the organization’s office, under the supervision of the organization’s staff. The Upstate Institute works with students to coordinate transportation. In addition, students meet weekly with Upstate Institute staff and participate in a seminar on not-for-profit management and organization, and on the resources and needs of the Upstate New York region. Student researchers receive a stipend of $565 per week. 

Community Partner Application Process

Community partners can propose a new or ongoing research project each year. The process for preparing an application is fully outlined in the document linked below. Each summer, we are able to place 25 students in the Central New York region, and 5-10 students in the Adirondack region, to conduct research identified by the organization. 

Application Procedures for Community Partners

Student Application Process

An updated list of the community partners hosting Field School Fellowships in the Central New York region and in the Adirondacks during the summer of 2024 is available below:

Stages Deadline
Students applications are due to the Upstate Institute March 15, 2024
Decisions will be announced to students via email March 29, 2024
Students reply to accept position April 5, 2024
Summer Housing TBD


To apply for the 2024 Summer Field School, students should complete the form below. As a part of the form, students will need to provide the following documents:  

  1. an updated copy of your resume
  2. a copy of your Colgate transcript. 
  3. a letter that demonstrates your interest in the Summer Field School and describes the projects that are most appropriate for your skills and interests. 

These documents should be submitted before March 15, 2024.