Jeffrey Lindstrom ’94 Fellowship in Political Science


The Jeffrey Lindstrom ’94 Fellowship in Political Science was established by the Lindstrom family in 2015 to honor Dr. Jeff Lindstrom who passed away well before his time – a great teacher, scholar, athlete, and entrepreneur at Whittier, in Russia, and in the local college community.

This fellowship will support one student to conduct undergraduate research or travel during the summer between their junior and senior years. The fellow will embody Jeff's character, strengths, and talents, and will demonstrate potential and ambition. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Juniors in good academic standing
  • Open to Political Science majors, or students who have completed significant work or courses in the subject
  • A minimum 3.2 GPA

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated academic ability.
  • The ability to conduct and complete the proposed research project, internship, or experience.
  • Previous experience with research is welcome, but not necessary.
  • If traveling abroad is part of the proposal, the ability to engage in study abroad.

Program Benefits

  • A stipend of $2,000 (to be used for research activities or travel).

Applying to the Program

The application is due on March 4, 2024. Use this guide to gather your application documents. Request these items two weeks prior to the deadline.

A complete application consists of:

  • Unofficial academic transcripts.
  • Current semester Course Progress Report for each 3-4 credit course you are enrolled in.
  • Signed sample Student Contract.
  • Signed Mentor Agreement.
  • A resume.
  • A written recommendation letter from the faculty mentor for the project.
  • A reference contact from someone outside your major and the project’s area of focus. This can be a faculty member or, when applicable to the project, a personal reference (e.g., employer, internship supervisor, volunteer coordinator).
  • A 500-word essay explaining how you became interested in the project, why you want this fellowship opportunity, how you will benefit from the fellowship both personally and professionally, and what personal qualities (skills, attributes, and/or abilities) you possess that will ensure a successful fellowship experience. 
  • An 800-word essay outlining the proposed research project, internship, or travel experience. This should articulate the topic, methodology, timeline of activities, and budget. 
  • Selected semi-finalists may be interviewed. 

Fellowship Advisor

Professor Mike McBride

Past Fellows

Haley Paramo (2022)
Tanya Garcia (2021)
David del Carmen (2020)
Priscilla Villa (2019)
Grace Reeder (2018)
Cindy Banh (2017)
Maxwell Hoversten (2016)
Collin McDowell (2015)