Student Funding Opportunities
While at Amherst
The Center for Community Engagement’s Civic Engagement Scholars (CES) is a highly competitive internship program for sophomores and juniors that offers students the chance to connect their academic programs of study with internship opportunities around the world. The program is designed to support students as they deepen their understanding of public service, nonprofit administration, community engagement, activism, structural inequality, diversity and public policy while making connections between theory (academic experiences at Amherst College) and action (community learning in the field). The CES application and more information about the program can be found on the CCE’s Web site.
Dean of Faculty Academic Year Funding: Students may apply for up to $500 to support term-time research. Application for these funds is by letter to the Dean of Faculty. In the letter, a student should describe the research project, explain why the funds are needed, attach a budget sheet, and indicate what other sources of funding have been sought. The faculty sponsor must sign the proposal as indication of support for the project. Funding will be granted only to those projects whose costs exceed the limit of department funds. Applications will be reviewed only twice during the academic year. The deadlines for these review periods are: October and February.
Dean of Faculty Summer Research Funding: Funding is also available to enable five students to join the community of scholars engaged in on-campus research projects during the summer of 2016. Campus housing and a modest stipend per week for a period of 4 to 6 weeks, are included in the grant. Application is by letter to the Dean of the Faculty. The proposal must outline a clearly defined project and have the strong support of the faculty member with whom the student will work directly. The Faculty sponsor must send a short letter to the Dean indicating support for the project. Priority will be given to current juniors with proposals leading into their thesis work. The deadline for submission of proposals is March, 2016.
Short-term research funding and funding for senior projects are described on the Dean of Faculty’s website and under "The Thesis and Funding" in the Religion website menu.
The George Stebbins Moses Memorial Fellowship. This memorial fellowship is awarded to a graduate who has been accepted by a recognized divinity school, who has good reason to seek financial aid, who seems to be an all-around person qualified in all respects as a religious and moral leader and a lover of ordinary people, and who is qualified scholastically to meet the calling of a theological career creditably. The candidate need not be an outstanding student, but improvement in the upperclass years, dedication, and a sense of purpose will be given great consideration. The fellowship may be renewed for a second or third year at the discretion of the Committee. More than one fellowship may be awarded in any given year. Interested students should contact the Office of Fellowships.
The Benjamin Goodall Symon, Jr., Memorial Fellowship. This fellowship is awarded to a graduate who has been accepted by a recognized divinity school, who has good reason to seek financial aid, who seems to be an all-around individual qualified in all respects as a religious and moral leader, and who is qualified scholastically to meet the calling of a theological career creditably, although the student may plan to use the divinity school training for work in another field. The candidate need not be an outstanding student, but improvement in the upperclass years, dedication, and a sense of purpose will be given great consideration. Interested students should contact the Office of Fellowships.