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Susan Tarrow Summer Research Fellowship

The Susan Tarrow Fellowship for Undergraduate Research in Europe was established in 2005 in honor of the former Associate Director of the Cornell Institute for European Studies. Susan Tarrow, Adjunct Associate Professor of French, served at Associate Director of CIES from 1985-2005.

One of her priorities was to establish funding to enable Cornell students to pursue summer field research in Europe and to provide them with the intellectual and practical advising they needed at all stages of their projects.

Undergraduates from all colleges are invited to submit applications to pursue summer research projects in Europe. In light of Tarrow’s passion for France and Italy, students planning a project in those countries are particularly encouraged to apply, though the fellowship is open to all Europeanists.

Interested students spend the spring semester prior to departure preparing the project under the guidance of an advisor. During the summer, the student spends 6-8 weeks of field study in Europe and on his/her return reports on the research results.


  • 4-5 page project proposal (double-spaced)
  • Budget
  • Travel itinerary
  • Bibliography
  • 2 letters of recommendation*
  • If awarded fellowship, all students must register their trip with Cornell International Travel Registry
  • Cornell International Travel Registry system also incorporates the International Travel Advisory and Response Team (ITART) petition for travel to elevated-risk destinations. If your proposal includes travel to an elevated risk country, you are strongly encouraged to have a back-up plan for your project in the event that your ITART application is denied, or if the country to which you are travelling should become an elevated risk country subsequent to receiving your travel grant.

*The online application form requires applicants to provide names and email addresses of (2) faculty and/or staff recommenders. Once the application has been submitted, the online system automatically generates a notification email to the recommenders, letting them know a student application has been received that lists them as a recommender. From there, each recommender is instructed how to login and upload a recommendation letter.

Winners receive approximately $4,000 in funding, distributed through their bursar account

Applications open on December 1, 2019

Deadline to apply is March 6, 202o

Click here to apply

For additional information or advising, contact Pamela Hampton , Program Manager of IES.