Swarthmore College

We are living through what is undoubtedly the most tumultuous time in the history of American universities. Do you want to think about how the pandemic, demands for racial justice, and the changing climate have recast our understanding of what the liberal arts is and what it has been? Are you interested in doing research on what colleges might and ought to become in the future? 

The Aydelotte Foundation is seeking student research fellows for the next academic year, 2021-2022. Research Fellows work closely with the co-directors and associate director of the Aydelotte Foundation to support our research on liberal arts and higher education. Research Fellows have the opportunity to engage and support our current projects, including our newest initiative on “Race, Racism, and Liberal Arts,” as well as to develop new projects that stem from our existing interests.

As a fellow, you will gain experience in working for a research-based organization, writing and editing publications for a regular publication platform, and developing a thorough understanding of how the liberal arts functions at Swarthmore and institutions like it, as well as higher education institutions radically different from Swarthmore. Current fellows are working on projects that include tracing the development of critical and abolitionist university studies and building resources for further study and research that align with the conversations in our “Race, Racism, and Liberal Arts” project.

Research Fellows should be able to provide evidence of creativity, working to deadline, independent thinking, and well-developed research skills in one or more disciplines. Facility with social media platforms, web development, and/or general programming skills is welcome but not required. Research Fellows should be students in their third or fourth year of study at Swarthmore College. 

If you are interested in the position or have any questions, please send an expression of interest to Candy Roeder (croeder1@swarthmore.edu), the Administrative Assistant for the Aydelotte Foundation.