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Application deadline for 2016 Beagle II Award is February 15, 2016.

To be considered for a Beagle II Award, please submit the following materials by email, as a single Word attachment, plus a .jpg file as explained below, by 5:00 pm on February 15, 2016 to Anahid Sarkissian at and to Prof. Durham, Applications will be treated as confidential, except for the autobiographical sketch and précis (item 1 below). They will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary Selection Committee of faculty, previous Beagle II awardees, and adults from the community at large.


On a single “standard page” (i.e. double spaced, 10 or 12 point, standard font, one inch margins, 8.5 x 11 paper), please provide a one-paragraph autobiographical sketch and a one-paragraph précis of your proposed voyage and its goals. If the voyage includes two or more participants, please include a paragraph sketch for each on additional pages as needed. Please do the sketch(es) and précis with content and style that can be posted to the Web on the Beagle II site. Please include a digital photograph of each participant as a separate “.jpg” file: we will not post your photo online.


In no more than TWO standard pages (per participant), please tell us about one major instance of discovery in your past and how it affected you. What obstacles did you overcome along the way, and how? Are there connections between this past discovery and your Beagle II proposal? If so, please describe them briefly


In no more than THREE standard pages, please describe the voyage of scientific discovery you propose (it need not be by ship…) and how it relates to your course of study in the natural or social sciences at Stanford. Please provide a title for your “voyage” (e.g., “Retracing Darwin’s Footsteps in the Southern Cone,” or “The Probable Route of the Earliest Americans,” or “Explorations in the Rift Valley” etc.), and describe at least two propositions or hypotheses that you would seek to test and document during your travels. Discuss the methods you plan to use for collecting information and how and when you will analyze your data. Discuss also any special or unusual risks that your travels and research a might entail—risks to you and/or to people who might help you along the way. (Please note: this request is for a preliminary assessment of risks. Later on, before you begin your Beagle II project, you will need to submit a “Human Subjects” application, if appropriate. Visit Also briefly describe the final report and other anticipated end products or outreach efforts that you would plan to complete by the end of the quarter after you return. Please bear in mind that the Selection Committee will favor proposals whose scientific focus is both realistic and feasible in the time available.


In no more than ONE additional standard page, please describe your proposed itinerary, identifying your estimated date of departure and return, listing the main destinations you would hope to visit, and defining your estimated length of stay in each place. Remember that the total period of travel should be at least 8 weeks (56 days). As a general rule, the Committee likes to see proposals that include at least a few days of “break” for R&R in the middle. Please attach a separate map showing the route you propose. Include the names and locations of any pertinent research centers, institutes, or contact personnel that you would plan to visit along the way. As a general rule, multi-site itineraries are a plus, particularly when woven into the discovery process and when at least a couple of weeks are spent at each significant location. Please include mention of something specific that you can give back to the communities where you spend significant time, in recognition of their help (e.g., culturally appropriate gifts, language lessons, a talk on your research etc.)


In no more than ONE additional standard page, please provide a budget of your estimated expenses, including travel, meals, lodging and anticipated research costs. Please note: this award is not intended to pay for the costs of major capital equipment (such as digital cameras, video recorders, specialized tape recorders, computers, etc.): if expensive special equipment is needed for your voyage of discovery, please describe how you will obtain or gain access to the necessary equipment in order to carry out your work. Some equipment--binoculars, headlamps, digital cameras, and the like--is available on loan from a small equipment pool maintained for this purpose by Prof. Durham: check with him on availability. If your voyage will require research permits, field station fees, or equipment of a more modest nature (e.g. special mountain gear, waterproof bags, etc) please include budget entries for these items. If you propose to share an award with one or more other students, be sure to give convincing evidence either that one award will suffice for your travel and study plans, or that you have—or are likely to obtain—additional research funding. Please explain what your “backup plan” will be if additional funding does not come through. If your Beagle II plans would interfere with work for income that you would otherwise do this summer, you may include an entry for “summer earnings offset” in your budget. In that case, be sure to include a brief, confidential explanation of your need for summer earnings offset.


In no more than ONE page per participant, please describe how your past and future course work at Stanford prepares you for the proposed voyage of discovery. Be sure to include: (A) a list of courses you have taken, or are taking currently, that are specifically pertinent to your voyage of discovery (please include year taken, Department, number and course title); (B) a description of language training you have had, or will have, pertinent to your travels, and/or a description of how you plan to work around any language barrier(s) that might affect your voyage; and (C) a discussion of the specific steps you will undertake winter and spring of this year to further your preparation for this voyage (including the name and number of any preparatory course(s), such as ANTHRO 93, “Pre-field Research Seminar.”) The Selection Committee looks favorably on applications that make a specific commitment to a course of study and preparation in the term before departure. Be sure to include your plans and timetable for applying for Human Subjects approval, if your research warrants such approval. Explain any other aspects of your training and background that have prepared you for such an undertaking.


A copy of your up-to-date RESUME and a copy (unofficial copy OK) of your current undergraduate TRANSCRIPT.


Please put a COVER SHEET for each applicant at the front of your application.


Please include a short, signed statement from the main faculty member or members who will advise you on this project. The statement should indicate familiarity with and support of your proposal, as well as willingness to serve as your main advisor or consultant through to the end of your project. It should also explain how the faculty member’s interests and expertise relate to your proposal. This need not be a full-scale letter of recommendation and it need not be confidential. The statement can be emailed separately to Anahid Sarkissian, Undergrad Student Services Specialist, Department of Anthropology (Bldg 50-51N), Anahids [at] stanford [dot] edu, but must be received by February 20, 2016. Applications lacking a faculty statement at the time of review are seriously disadvantaged.

Be sure to attach the cover sheet (found in the application package) to the top of your application, and submit the whole packet via email as a single Word attachment, including your digital photo.


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