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Libby Yunger Academic Opportunity Fund

Student Application for the Libby Yunger Fund

About Libby Yunger

Libby Yunger was a biology major at Earlham, class of 1966. Her studies led her to become fascinated by the multiplicity of ways cells interact and communicate to form a complex, functional organisms, such as human beings. This led her to an interest in brain function and dysfunction, since neurons are cells specialized for intercellular communication. This interest, in turn, led to her employment at Richmond State Hospital during her senior year in exchange for room and board. Her duties included administering psychological tests to incoming patients. During this tenure, she realized that not only was her personality unsuitable for a career in Clinical Psychology, but, more importantly, the behavioral manifestations of schizophrenia and clinical depression are physiological, not psychological, in origin. Alas, she wanted to be a neuroscientist before the discipline existed, and although many tried, no faculty member could suggest a viable path to her career goals.  Note that this was also before the advent of personal computers and the internet, and the library resources in the medical sciences were very limited at Earlham. Her hope is that the Libby Yunger Academic Opportunity Fund will allow students to get hands-on experience in areas relevant to their career goals even if they must expand the opportunities available at Earlham or go outside the Earlham Community to obtain these opportunities.

About the Fund

The Libby Yunger Academic Opportunity Fund enables students to get experience in areas relevant to their career goals and beyond what is already available at Earlham College. Each year, a limited amount of funding is available for Yunger Travel Grants to support students to attend conferences and workshops related to their major and/or career goals. In addition, at least one Yunger Fellowship will be awarded each academic year to support a student-identified experience that significantly supplements their coursework at Earlham. 


Students who wish to apply for a Yunger Travel Grant or the Yunger Fellowship should either be majoring in the natural sciences, including interdisciplinary programs within the natural sciences (not including psychology) or should have career goals in international relations, diplomacy or related endeavors that enhance peaceful solutions to conflicts between nations, in a broad sense. Insofar as funds are limited, preference will be given to students who have a demonstrated financial need.

Yunger Travel Grants

Yunger Travel Grants are available to support eligible students (see above) to attend conferences, workshops or similar events related to their major and/or career goals. Yunger Travel Grants are limited to $750 per student, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your application at least three weeks before the funds are needed.

Due to limited funding, the Yunger Travel Grant is unavailable during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Yunger Fellowship

At least one Yunger Fellowship will be awarded each academic year for an amount up to $5,000. This Fellowship is a non-service fellowship award.

A student’s successful application will identify a sustained project or experience that would significantly supplement their coursework at Earlham. Applications for experiences that build upon Earlham programs or other Earlham funding will be considered, but applicants should explain clearly how their proposal goes beyond the initial experience.

Types of projects and activities that could be supported by this fellowship include (but are not limited to):

  • A rigorous student-designed program of investigative activity that explores a topic of significance.
  • A student-designed research project with an active faculty collaborator / supervisor.
  • An immersion program relevant to a student’s career interest that is offered through a third-party organization or educational institution.
  • A course or set of courses offered by another institution that are relevant to a student’s career interest but are not offered at Earlham.
    • Note: it is the student’s responsibility to pursue transfer of credit back to Earlham, if they desire, through the Registrar’s Office. Funding for this experience does not implicitly or explicitly imply that Earlham credit will be granted.

Recipients of the Yunger Fellowship are expected to adhere to the following:

  1. The experience must be completed either during the summer or during the academic year following the receipt of the fellowship.
  2. The experience must be completed before the recipient graduates from Earlham.
  3. Students will need to write a report that summarizes their experience once it has been completed and submit that report back to the Center for Career and Community Engagement (CCE). Students also may be expected to participate in a presentation of learning event in order to share their experience with the larger Earlham community.  

Applications will be reviewed by faculty connected to the CCE. Recommendations will be made to the Academic Dean, who will make the decision regarding the recipient(s) of the Yunger Fellowship.

The application deadline for the Yunger Fellowship is the Monday after Early Semester Break in February.

The announcement regarding the winner of the Yunger Fellowship will be made by the Monday after Spring Break in March.

Students interested in the Yunger Fellowship may apply here.

For More Information

Please contact Corey Fritz at with questions.

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