MOR Fellowship: How to Apply


SUMMER – 2019

The Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies (IDAAS) at the Claremont Colleges established the Margo Okazawa-Rey Summer Fellowship to encourage outstanding college students to implement community-based, creative, or research projects that integrate social justice, multi-racial solidarity, and feminism.

The stipulations on the awards are:

  •  The project must be completed by September 1.
  •  Criteria for evaluation of an application will include the intellectual rationale for the project, its feasibility, relevance to the students’ background, with emphasis given to projects that integrate social justice and community-based  practices and methodologies.
  •  The results of the project will be presented to the IDAAS community at an event in the fall semester organized by the fellow(s). Thus, only students returning to Claremont Colleges in the following fall are eligible.
  •  No academic credit will be granted for the project. We invite students to explore receiving ½ course credit and/or summer research stipend at their home college in conjunction with the project.
  •  Some tangible project must come out of the fellowship that can be turned in (e.g. policy memo, film, booklet, workshop curricula, public health comic book)


Eligibility Requirements:

Undergraduate and graduate students returning to Claremont Colleges in the following fall are eligible.


Applications for the grant are due Friday, April 19th at 5pm. Please send completed applications to

Application Instructions:

Each application must include:

  •  a cover page that includes your name, local address and local phone number, cell phone, permanent address and phone number, email address, year of graduation, majors(s), minor(s), college
  •  a current transcript
  •  a resume
  • one letter of recommendation from a professor (optional)
  •  Personal Statement: The personal statement can include but is not limited to:

o Briefly describe your connection to the community with whom you will work.

o Describe how your personal background, experiences, and/or unique qualifications best suit you for this fellowship project.

o Describe a personal or professional challenge that you’ve faced in the past five years and how you overcame that challenge.

o Describe your public interest work, volunteer service, coursework and other relevant experiences that have equipped you with the skills, including organizational and project management skills, to accomplish the proposed fellowship project.

The grant may be taken totally or partially as a stipend, in which case it is taxable. It may also be utilized totally or partially to reimburse the student for travel, equipment, books and other expenses associated with the project. In the case of several students working on one project, the stipend will be divided evenly among the students.

See your Registrar for transcripts. Announcements of the winners are made at the ASAM senior presentations dinner on Wed., May, 8nd, 5:00–7:00 p.m., Location TBD.