Independent Scholars Program

The Associated Colleges’ Center for Independent Scholars:

Founded by action of the Associated Colleges’ Board of Trustees in 1984, the Center for Independent Scholars offers its Fellows the opportunity to pursue scholarly and professional interests in ways generally unavailable to those not employed by academic institutions.

Fellows are persons who are pursuing serious scholarly work. This work could include writing for publication, dissertation research, writing and preparation for a conference presentation or other scholarly expressions in a variety of formats, including creating work in print and digital media. Applicants must hold at least a master’s degree and be unaffiliated with any institution.

Applicants must be a spouse or partner (as defined by the employee’s institution) of a full time faculty member who is employed by one of the member institutions.

Benefits to Fellows

Appointment to the Center for Independent Scholars provides the Fellow with:

  • A place to work
  • Courtesy appointment in an appropriate department
  • Library privileges at all member institutions
  • Proximity to others with similar goals

Obligations of Fellows

A Fellow for the Center for Independent Scholars is expected to:

  • Make a yearly public presentation based on his or her scholarly activity
  • Serve as a role model to unaffiliated academics and to students
  • Acknowledge support of the Center and the appointing institution in publications, conference attendance and presentations
  • Provide a yearly report of scholarly activities

Appointment as an Independent Scholar

Applicants must submit a letter of interest which includes an outline of the proposed scholarly activity along with a vita. A letter of support from an academic dean or provost or from a department chairperson recommending the appointment should be included.

Confirming action on appointment is taken by the Associated Colleges’ Board during their quarterly meetings.

Further information is available from the offices of academic deans or provosts and from

Associated Colleges
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Potsdam, NY 13676
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Clarkson University

Clarkson is a nationally ranked research university located in Potsdam, New York offering comprehensive programs in business, engineering, arts and sciences and health sciences. As a student-centered institution, Clarkson emphasizes a dynamic collaborative approach to learning through programs that span boundaries across disciplines and outstanding focused research.

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SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton provides an accessible, affordable, high-quality education to students in New York and beyond. With diverse academic programs and a focus on real-world application, our hands-on education SUNY College of Technology at Canton prepares students for successful careers. The College offers 23 bachelor’s degrees, 22 associate degrees, and 7 one-year professional certificate programs. SUNY Canton OnLine offers 8 bachelor’s degrees, and more than 370 courses, fully online, so students can access our outstanding programs from anywhere with internet access. Ranked among the top U.S. Colleges for being military-friendly and environmentally focused, SUNY Canton invests in the potential of each of its

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SUNY Potsdam

The State University of New York at Potsdam prepares students to act as engaged global citizens and to lead lives enriched by critical thought, creativity and discovery. As an inclusive scholarly community rooted in its historic role in providing exemplary teacher and music education and leadership in the fine and performing arts, SUNY Potsdam is committed to the liberal arts and sciences as an academic foundation.
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St. Lawrence University

Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University is a private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,400 students. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.

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