In response to COVID-19 all summer research must be done remotely. Opportunities funded by the Office of Provost and Dean of the Faculty will be for up to 240 hours of work with compensation of $15 per hour.

The deadline for proposals for all summer programs has been extended to May 1, 2020.  Please note that summer proposals can be funded only if they can be completed remotely this summer.   

The college will not sponsor summer international trips for summer 2020.

The information contained here supercedes information found elsewhere on the website.

For questions about summer funding contact Austin Sarat (adsarat@amherst.edu).

Funding for Faculty

The Gregory S. Call Academic Internship Program enables faculty across the ranks and disciplines to hire current Amherst students to help with projects relating to their professors' pedagogy or research. The purpose of this program is to give faculty assistance for academic tasks that are substantive but time-consuming, and to give students the opportunity to work closely with, and therefore help, their faculty. Some examples of projects for our Gregory S. Call Academic Interns include helping with literature searches or archival work, pulling together information or materials needed to develop a new course, or recording and analyzing data from experiments or surveys. The program is designed with maximum flexibility to insure that Faculty can get needed assistance for their projects.

Faculty who wish to participate should submit their application by May 1, 2020. The summer award includes a student stipend of $15 per hour for up to 240 hours of work. Please note that summer academic interns must be able to work remotely this summer.  

Interested colleagues should apply by submitting the appropriate application with a brief project description and the approximate number of hours requested. You must also provide an explanation of how the work can be done remotely. If you have already applied, you will need to resubmit your application and provide information about remote work.

All students are eligible to apply for these internship opportunities. We encourage faculty to advertise internship positions broadly by using Handshake.

To post a position to Handshake, e-mail the following information to Sarah Knowles, Assistant Director for Employer Relations (sknowles@amherst.edu).

  • job title and description
  • deadline date (can always be extended)
  • point of contact’s name and e-mail address
  • qualifications / requirements (qualifying class years, majors, minimum GPA, etc.)

All students are eligible to apply for these internship opportunities. 

Please be aware that awards are valid only for the period indicated in the award letter and cannot be carried over. Students must be currently-enrolled Amherst students. Recent graduates are not eligible for the summer positions. Requests for interns that come in after the deadline will be considered if funds are available.

Funding for Students

Gregory S. Call Student Research Program

This program supports summer research awards for up to 240 hours of work and includes a stipend of $15 per hour. Priority will go to current juniors with proposals leading into thesis work. The application 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. 

The majority of the students who participate in the program are rising seniors doing preliminary research for their senior honors theses, but a number of rising sophomores and juniors also participate by formulating their own research proposals and finding faculty members to supervise them. The fellowships are available to students in all disciplines.  Under this program, students can apply for a one-time grant of $300 to fund some of their research expenses other than for travel.

Access the Student Summer Research application. The deadline for submission of proposals is May 1, 2020.  

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.