CFI Requirements

The Carroll Forums cover two semesters: the fall semester of the sophomore year and the spring semester of the sophomore year. Students who succeed in the Forum are invited in the spring of their sophomore year to enter the Carroll Fellows Initiatives (CFI), a five-semester program that culminates in the senior year with the completion of a Senior Thesis and the CRIG Project.  Students are also required to produce a Carroll Plan at regular intervals during their time in the program.


Carroll Fellows are expected to put research at the center of their academic experience. Because research techniques are field-specific, students are urged to form relationships with faculty in the discipline(s) in which they concentrate. Ordinarily, students will begin research as assistants to faculty through GUROP or a comparable program. As they acquire skills and experience, students will move on to design their own independent projects culminating in the senior thesis.

CRIG Project

Those who succeed in the Forum and wish to enter the CFI must submit a CRIG proposal at the end of their sophomore fall. Creative and risk-taking, the CRIG is an independent project that works to produce significant change on a frontier of human experience, moving back boundaries of inequity, injustice, exploitation, disease, ignorance, and oppression. Each CRIG is a unique individual enterprise, emerging from a student’s passion, developing along with his or her gradually broadening and deepening knowledge. The CRIG is monitored throughout its four-semester duration, culminating in the senior year.

Breakdown of Program Requirements

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer
First Year First year students apply to Carroll Forums Ongoing independent research and required reading and writing
Sophomore Carroll Forum begins

First semester of the Carroll Forums, an intensive class focusing on critical writing, presentation, and research skills

Caroll Forum continues

Students who succeed in the Forums and wish to move on to the CFI must prepare a proposal for the CRIG.

Peer mentoring of new Forum students begins. Establishment of Carroll Plan First stage of the CRIG

Independent research and leadership activities continue
Junior Carroll Plan – reviewed and updated

Continuation of CRIG

Development of Senior Mentoring Project

Continuation of CRIG

Independent research and leadership activities continue
Senior Mentor sophomore Forum

Carroll Plan – reviewed and updated

Complete CRIG

Mentor first-year Forum

Complete senior thesis

All Fellows, like all undergraduates at Georgetown, are bound by the University’s Honor System and disciplinary code. Fellows are expected to maintain the highest levels of personal and academic integrity. Fellows who fail to maintain such standards will be asked to leave the Initiative.