Summer in the Field Fellowship

The Boston University Global Development Policy (GDP) Center Summer in the Field Fellowship Program provides summer stipends to a select group of qualified Boston University Masters and/or PhD students to participate in unpaid internships or PhD students to conduct field research for a dissertation project. This program enables students to take advantage of unpaid internship opportunities or field research that would otherwise have been financially unfeasible. Students are responsible for identifying and securing internship positions and the focus of the internship must be related to GDP Center’s mission of advancing policy-oriented research for financial stability, human well-being and environmental sustainability across the globe. Applicants undergo a competitive selection process and only a limited number of stipends are available.

Applications for the 2022 Summer in the Field Fellowship have now closed. 

Application requirements:
  • Applicants must be Boston University Masters or PhD candidates with strong academic records and returning to classes in Fall 2022.
  • Applicants must obtain a letter of support from a GDP Center Core or Affiliate Faculty Member.
  • The internship must be related to the mission of the GDP Center.
  • The internship cannot be part of a ‘for-credit’ class in any of BU’s schools.
  • The internship must take place during the summer of 2022 for a minimum total of 200 hours on site.
  • The internship must be unpaid (not including the stipend from the Center).
  • International students are subject to ISSO regulations and/or approval.
Application process:

Prospective Masters/PhD students applying to support internships must submit a 500-750 word Statement of Purpose outlining why they are interested in the internship; how the internship will further their career goals; why they believe that they are a strong match for the internship and what they intend to learn/gain from the experience. Prospective PhD students applying to support field work must submit a 500-750 word Statement of Purpose that outlines how the field funding will help in making progress towards the completion of a dissertation project. In addition, applicants must submit an unofficial copy of their transcript, an application form and, if applying for an internship, a copy of the offer letter or email which details the hours of the internship and that it is unpaid. Finally, all applications must be accompanied by a faculty member letter of recommendation. For PhD students, this letter should come from a committee member and outline how the field research support will be beneficial. All materials should be sent to gdp@bu.edu.

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Stipend amount and process:

Stipend amounts can be as high as $5,000, depending on circumstances such as travel distances. They will be paid in three monthly installments. Stipend recipients participating in internships must provide contact information for their immediate supervisor so the internship can be verified. Interns are also required to submit a mid-point internship form (filled out by their direct supervisor) and a final self-evaluation form within 30 days of the end of the internship. PhD candidates conducting field work should provide an update midway through their project, as well as a summary of their experience after returning from the field work. All participants in this program will be invited to a luncheon event where they will present about their experiences.

2022 Summer in the Field Fellows:
Previous Summer in the Field Fellows (2018-2021):