Amherst College offers student research fellowships for work during the school year, and also supported on-campus independent research during the summer.


the Gregory S. Call Student Research Program & the Nicholas Curtis Heaney Memorial Fund

Support for student term-time research is available for Amherst College students for up to $1,000 in the form of grants.

More information is available on this page.

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

Support for honors thesis 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.

The deadlines for these applications are November 1 (for falland February 1 (for spring).


The Archives and Special Collections department of Frost Library sponsor this fellowship to provide financial and research support while using historical and rare source materials for arts projects.  For more information, click below.

Lane Research Fellowships for Creative Artists | Archives & Special Collections | Amherst College

Summer Funding

The Gregory S. Call Research Program 

This program supports summer research awards for a period of up to 6 weeks and includes a stipend of $600 per week. Please note that if a student receives funding to conduct summer research, the student is not eligible for other Amherst College employment during that time period, including summer internship funding.

More information is available on this page.

Engaged Research Program

The Center for Community Engagement’s Engaged Research Program is a summer opportunity for rising seniors to support their thesis or capstone work. Up to $5,500 will be awarded for qualifying projects. For more information on program requirements, please visit the CCE website.

Post-graduate Fellowships

The Amherst College Fellowships are a collection of nearly 20 different funds established over the past 150 years by generous alumni donors of Amherst College. Amherst College seniors and recent alums who plan to attend graduate school in a field related to theater or dance are eligible to apply for The Roland Wood Fellowship and/or The Edward Poole Lay Fellowship. Fellowships are awarded annually to one or more promising graduates by recommendation of the Department for continued study in or of the field. The process is initiated by the senior student or graduate.  In the past, students have also proposed  educational projects other than formal graduate school for fellowship support.  Contact the Chair of theater and dance to discuss the possibilities.

Award amounts vary based on candidates' academic merit, financial need, available funds, and the size of the applicant pool. They may also vary from year to year. Typically, awards range from $3,000 to $5,000, but can be considerably more, depending on availability. Funds are to be used for tuition, fees, books, equipment required for courses, and other educational supplies and are not intended for room and board, travel, optional equipment, or any incidental expense. 

Contact Christine Overstreet at with any questions. Applications and additional information are available on the AC Fellowship Overview webpage.