Funds for Research and Engagement in Environmental Studies (FREES) – UPDATED 8-April-2020

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 (rising seniors) interested in conducting independent research that could 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 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 anticipated expenditures related to the proposed plan.  

Faculty in ENST would be pleased to talk with you about your ideas and students are encouraged to be in touch with their advisors or the chair, Prof. Miller.

There is no formal deadline and proposals will be accepted and considered on a rolling basis.  Whether you need a couple hundred dollars for a small project or a larger amount, we encourage you to apply.  


Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty – Fall, Spring, and Summer funding opportunities – UPDATED 24-April-2020

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.  

For summer funding in 2020:  This program supports summer research awards for a period of up 6 weeks and includes a stipend of $600 per week. Priority will go to current juniors with proposals leading into thesis work. Students must outline a clearly defined project and have the strong support of the faculty member with whom the student will work directly. Both students and their faculty sponsors must explain how the student's project can be done remotely. Under this program, students can apply for a one-time grant of $1,000 to fund research expenses other than for travel.

The deadline for submission of proposals is May 1, 2020. The online application is here.


Summer Internship Funding Programs and Fellowships via the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning – UPDATED 24-April-2020

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.  

Stipends range from $2,375 to $4,500 depending on where you anticipate living and whether working remotely. Deadline(s): Thursday, April 30, 2020 and Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Instructions & application details at this link.