Senior Thesis Research Funding Application Information

As research may occur during Fall, Winter, and Spring Breaks, as well as over Summer, the deadline is rolling. Please submit your funding applications to Professor Dan Lindley.

Requirements for application:

Along with your name, ID number, email address, project title, and project dates, please include the following with your application:

  1. A statement describing your project. Summarize your project. Describe where you are in your project. Describe your methods and research goals. Note the project faculty supervisor. Make sure to note how NDISC support will contribute to the success of your project. This should be 1-3 pages in length.
  2. A copy of your transcript.
  3. A detailed budget statement listing all expected expenditures:  including room and board, transportation costs, required certifications, books and other supplies. The budget must include all outside sources of funding, including compensation earned from the internship, other scholarships, and other available monies. Students cannot apply for money to be used for purchase of durable goods like clothing, computers and other electronics, or a vehicle.  Evidence of frugal use of resources is helpful. Break out recurrent expenses on a weekly basis (food, lodging, subway, etc.) and provide totals. Make the statement as thorough as possible but also easy to understand.

In addition, please satisfy the following:

  1. Institutional Review Board (IRB) process. Research that involves interaction with individuals or their private information must undergo the IRB approval process. If this applies to you: Please review the process here and assure NDISC as part of your application that you have already complied with the process or are making good progress. Failure to do so will result in forfeiting your eligibility and you must return all funds already granted. Here is the information you need to proceed:
  2. You must apply to other entities for financial support so as to be competitive and not to be solely dependent on NDISC support. A partial but lengthy list is here: The political science department also has funds available.
  3. You must consult with relevant faculty on the proposed research and the proposed methods (interviews, archives, etc.) .  You must know how to use archives or how to conduct interviews (note-taking vs. recording, on or off the record, etc) before you begin.
  4. Please consult the NDISC Certificate Fellow Director, currently Dan Lindley, if your proposal involves international research.  
  5. After your funded research is complete, please submit a written report to Dan Lindley and Anieka Johnson about the successes and frustrations of your research experience.  Include photos if relevant.

Note that funding is limited to NDISC Certificate Fellows, and also may be limited by availability. For more information, please contact the Certificate Fellow Director: Dan Lindley at

We wish to thank the generous benefaction of Jack Kelly ’74 and Gail Weiss; Sean M. Reilly ’90 and Susan Reilly; Michael T. Long ’64 and Ann Long; and the Charles Koch Foundation.