The summer is an excellent time for students to embark on larger projects or to focus on independent research.  The CCE provides support for currently enrolled, rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are planning to do project based work or independent research over the course of the summer.

Funding available:

Funding is available for currently enrolled rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  you must be enrolled at the college the spring prior to and the fall following your summer experience.
  • Summer research and project funding from the CCE is intended for students pursuing off campus opportunities. Students planning to do research on campus should consider the Greg Call summer research program.
  • Up to $4,500  will be awarded.  The CCE takes into account other summer funding (e.g. Mellon, internships, etc.)
  • Students can request up to $500 in additional support. A budget must be submitted with the application for funding if making this request.  If more than $500 is needed, CCE staff can help students navigate other sources on campus.

Requirements for funded projects:

  • Experiential learning component: project proposals will explain how the student intends to put their ideas into action in the world.  This may include, but not be limited to, tackling real-world challenges, using tools and skills related to a specific field or discipline, or addressing a need that has been identified by a community.
  • Documented product or process: project proposals will clearly define a concrete strategy for documenting learning and project outcomes that can be presented and/or offered to others.
  • Connections: proposals will describe how this project either builds on past experiences or prepares the student for subsequent experiences.
  • Supervision: funding recipients must be supervised by an Amherst College faculty or staff member who helps establish the project and commits to overseeing the student’s progress over the summer.  This would include, but not be limited to, weekly check ins.
  • Minimum time commitment: student would commit to a project that involves between 300-400 hours over a minimum of 8 weeks.
  • Meet with a CCE staff member: students are expected to meet with a staff member at least once before submitting an application for summer funding. At the first meeting students will be expected to:
      • Provide the name of the faculty or staff member who is supervising them.
      • Submit a short summary of proposed project/research.  This will include answers to the questions: why this project/why now/why you?
      • Provide the names of community/institutional partners you've arranged to work with (if applicable) and a contact person at each site.

Expectations of funded students:

  • Reflection during the process: funding recipients will participate in CCE determined reflection activities over the course of the summer.
  • Public sharing: recipients commit to public sharing of their work during the summer with an audience relevant to their project and to sharing their story with the broader campus community in the fall.
  • Final reporting: recipients will submit a final report/reflection on their work and how it relates back to their original proposal.

Make an appointment:

To make an initial appointment or if you have any questions, please send an email to

Apply for funding:

Letters of Intent* (accepted March 1 - 15, 2018) should be sent to and include the following:

  • Student name and contact information
  • Brief description of project idea and summary of motivating opportunity or need
  • Brief description of your personal and academic readiness to undertake the project – what has prepared you to do this project?
  • Name of at least one faculty reference

* Submitting a letter of intent is NOT required, but will help focus and refine your idea and proposal.

All students applying for summer project funding are required to meet with a CCE staff member at least once before submitting their application. 

Applications for summer 2018 are due April 1st.  The application is currently open.