Dean of the Faculty

Funding for Students

Fall and Spring Semester Funding

Support for student term-time research is available for Amherst College students for up to $500 in the form of grants from the Gregory S. Call Student Research Fund; the Nicholas Curtis Heaney Memorial Fund, which provides travel support for students doing honors theses in order to broaden the student's personal and cultural horizons as part of his or her research experience; the Doelling Undergraduate Research Fund, which supports an undergraduate engaged in performing scientific research in biological/life sciences under the guidance of a faculty member; the Linden Family Fund, which provides support for students engaged in research projects, with a preference for thesis work in History;and the Wolansky Family Research Fund, which provides support for students engaged in research projects, with a preference for thesis work and majoring in American studies, history, political science or English.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the semester. Deadlines for the official review and award periods are November 10 and February 13. The student’s faculty sponsor must also submit a Faculty Advisor Letter of Support.

If your project involves international travel, you must include with your proposal a signed International Travel Waiver of Liability found at https://www.fivecolleges.edu/system/files/attachments/5csponswaiverac.pdf. If you are under 18 years old, both you and your parents must sign the waiver.  International travelers must also submit a signed statement that you have registered your trip with the students should register their trips with the Amherst College Travel Registry and the AIG/Travel Guard. Please visit the Study Abroad website for information on Health and Emergency Medical Assistance.

Contact Deb Bishop with any questions.

Summer Funding

Limited funding is available through the Gregory S. Call Student Research Program to enable Amherst College students to join the community of scholars engaged in on-campus research projects during the summer. Campus housing and a modest stipend, $410 per week for a period of 6 to 8 weeks, are included in the grant. Please be specific in the number of weeks you are requesting. Priority will go to current juniors with proposals leading into thesis work. Funding is also available for research-related summer travel up to $500, although preference is given to those conducting on-campus research. The online application proposal must outline a clearly defined project and have the strong support of the faculty member with whom the student will work directly. The student's faculty sponsor must also submit a Faculty Advisor Letter of Support.

If your project involves international travel, you must include with your proposal a signed International Travel Waiver of Liability found at https://www.fivecolleges.edu/system/files/attachments/5csponswaiverac.pdf. If you are under 18 years old, both you and your parents must sign the waiver.  International travelers must also submit a signed statement that you have registered your trip with the students should register their trips with the Amherst College Travel Registry and the AIG/Travel Guard. Please visit the Study Abroad website for information on Health and Emergency Medical Assistance.

The deadline for submission of proposals is April 1. 

Please note that if you receive funding to conduct summer research, you are not eligible for other employment at Amherst College during that time period, including summer internship funding.

 The Alpha Delta Phi Fund and the David P. Patchel Memorial Fund

Support for senior projects is available in the form of grants from the Alpha Delta Phi Fund and the David P. Patchel Memorial Fund. The Alpha Delta Phi Fund is designed to support senior essay writing, special topics, and other comparable independent projects. All seniors in the humanities and social sciences may apply, but first priority is reserved for English majors and others working in literary studies, creative writing, theater and dance, or film. Monies from the David P. Patchel Memorial Fund can be used for senior projects having to do with the moving image specifically, whether essays, theses, or production projects. Awards are intended for seniors who are working on projects that are integral to their coursework or are part of independent study for credit that is supervised and evaluated by a faculty member.

The Alpha Delta Phi Fund and the David P. Patchel Memorial Fund may be used to subsidize a variety of activities such as: purchase or rental of equipment, supplies, or materials; short-term travel funds for research purposes; and funds to defray the costs of interviews. Students are expected to absorb normal costs for their work. These grants are for expenses over and above the purchase of books and routine supplies equivalent to the usual costs of a regular course. Awards exceeding $1,200 will be made only in the most extraordinary cases. The deadlines for these applications are: October 21 and February 6. Application Procedures

If your project involves international travel, you must include with your proposal a signed International Travel Waiver of Liability found at https://www.fivecolleges.edu/system/files/attachments/5csponswaiverac.pdf. If you are under 18 years old, both you and your parents must sign the waiver.  International travelers must also submit a signed statement that you have registered your trip with the students should register their trips with the Amherst College Travel Registry and the AIG/Travel Guard. Please visit the Study Abroad website for information on Health and Emergency Medical Assistance.

Amherst College Undergraduate Folger Fellowships

Schupf Scholars Program  (log in required)