Funds for Research and Engagement in Environmental Studies (FREES)

Due to a generous donation from an Environmental Studies alum, funding opportunities are available to support students in the department as they engage with environmental issues.

Potential funding is available for (1) current seniors working towards honors theses, (2) juniors who are interested in conducting independent research that could potentially evolve into an honors thesis, or (3) in-semester, interterm, or summer research projects or internships. In addition, funds may be requested to foster connections and community around environmental issues at Amherst and beyond.  Proposals seeking to make connections with alumni of the college are encouraged (e.g., interterm or summer internships with alumni).

To apply, please submit a brief proposal (2-3 pages) and a preliminary budget to the department chair (Professor Jill S. Miller, jsmiller@amherst.edu). Proposals should clearly describe the proposed research/internship plan and include discussion of how this experience connects to your academic and career goals. Please include an itemized budget that briefly outlines expenditures related to the proposed plan.

Up to a maximum of $3,000 can be requested, but proposals exceeding $2,000 must be accompanied by a demonstration that funding is also being requested from other sources on campus (e.g., Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning, Center for Community Engagement, or others). 

Deadlines for the 2019-2020 academic year are: Sunday, December 1, 2019 for work taking place over interterm, Wednesday, January 15, 2020 for spring semester projects, and Sunday, March 1, 2020 for proposals taking place over summer 2020.


Summer Internship Funding Programs and Fellowships via the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning

The Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning at Amherst College has summer funding opportunities for students interested in internship/research experiences over the summer that are connected to their personal, professional, and academic goals.  

$4,500 stipend for internships outside the US or for students not living at home during the summer; $3,500 stipend for students living at home during the summer internship.  Deadline(s): Friday, March 1, 2019; Monday, April 1, 2019; and Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Instructions & application details at this link.


Center for Community Engagement – Engaged & Place-based Research

The Center for Community Engagement provides support for currently enrolled juniors planning to conduct community engaged research and/or place-based research in preparation for a senior thesis or capstone project in the summer prior to their senior year.

Maximum award is $5,500.  Deadline: Submit a letter of intent between November 15, 2019 and December 15, 2019.  Applications for Summer 2020 will open on December 16, 2019. Instructions & application details at this link


Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty – Fall, Spring, and Summer funding opportunities

Additional funding opportunities, including research related travel expenses and research with Amherst College faculty members is available through the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty.