Advice for Applicants

Magnus the Good Award : Advice for Applicants

Proposal Deadlines : Please notify the CIS (cis@stolaf.edu) of your intent to apply as early as possible in the process of putting together an application, preferably no later than November 1, 2020. Completed proposals should be sent electronically to the Center for Integrative Studies (cis@stolaf.edu) by February 19, 2021.

The Award : One or more awards of up to $3000 are made each year. The 2021-2022 Award Announcements will be made in early March 2021.

Background : This award, initiated in 2003, is made possible by the “Magnus the Good Endowed Fund,” established by friends of the former Paracollege. It honors several important values of the college, including (1) that both faculty and students learn and grow when they collaborate in one-on-one partnerships for research and/or reflection, and (2) that students learn well through having opportunities to extend and apply classroom learning.

The Award : Open to projects from any discipline or combination of disciplines, this award may support either research projects or innovative applications of learning. The funds may:

  • help with specific costs of proposed research, such as supplies or travel;
  • fund presentation of the results of research at appropriate forums;
  • provide financial support, by means of a stipend of up to $1500, that enables a student to carry out the proposed project;
  • provide incidental materials support for the faculty member involved.

Applicants are encouraged to suggest new ways to use the fellowship grant to support student-faculty collaborations.

Although the Award usually encourages collaborations between a single faculty member and a single student, projects may involve a faculty member and up to three students, and occasionally a student or students with more than one faculty member. The Award is for projects planned with students returning for the 2020-2021 academic year; graduating seniors are not eligible.

Faculty without other salary or stipend support related to the project will receive a stipend of $1000 for a collaboration with one student, plus $500 for each additional student, to a limit of $2000. Additional faculty members on a project will share the stipend equally.

The Award is open to projects from any discipline or combination of disciplines. The Award is equally available to applicants who propose research projects (regardless of the field), or innovative applications of learning in new, practical situations.

The selection committee will favor proposals for actual collaborations between faculty and students over proposals that represent student work supervised by a faculty member, or faculty work in which the student participates. Strong applications will situate the proposed project in the context of the student’s interests and work, and also in the context of the faculty member’s interests and work, making clear the value of participating in the project to each of the applicants.

The Award requires a commitment to make the results of the project public, but the selection committee appreciates the risk of failure entailed in any venturesome project, and will be happy to see the public sharing of surprising or unexpected results, as well as of hoped-for results. Funds are available for the costs of travel to present project results.

The Award can fund projects to be carried out at any time from June 1, 2020, but must be completed by May 1, 2021.

For more information or questions, contact Karil Kucera (kucera@stolaf.edu) or Susan Carlson (carlsons@stolaf.edu) or see the Call for Proposals.