Fall and Spring Semester Funding

Support for student term-time research is available for Amherst College students for up to $500 in the form of grants from the Gregory S. Call Student Research Fund; the Nicholas Curtis Heaney Memorial Fund, which provides support for students doing honors theses in order to broaden the student's personal and cultural horizons as part of their research experience; the Doelling Undergraduate Research Fund, which supports an undergraduate engaged in performing scientific research in biological/life sciences under the guidance of a faculty member; the Linden Family Fund, which provides support for students engaged in research projects, with a preference for thesis work in History; and the Wolansky Family Research Fund, which provides support for students engaged in research projects, with a preference for thesis work and majoring in American studies, history, political science or English.  Due to covid-19 budget realities, these grants will be $500 in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.     

Application deadlines are November 30 (for students submitting fall and January proposals) and April 9 (for students submitting spring proposals). Applications are awarded on an on-going basis throughout the semester up until the deadline.  In the student application process, the student must provide 1) a proposal requesting funds and how the funding relates to their research 2) a detailed budget listing the items and their costs for which funding is requested, and 3) their Amherst College faculty sponsor/research advisor's name and email address.  An email will be sent automatically to the professor asking for a letter of recommendation. The application will not be considered for an award until all of these components have been received.  Due to the high volume of requests, please know that students who request funds to attend a virtual conference will be considered only if they are presenting their research at the virtual conference. Due to covid-19, funding requests for student research travel will not be considered in Fall 2020. In addition, students should not anticipate research-related travel funds in Spring 2021 until the college lifts travel restrictions regarding covid-19. Please review the Reimbursement Policy for Student Research Grant Expenses, if applicable.

Once travel again becomes possible, students whose projects involve international travel must include with their proposal a signed International Travel Waiver of Liability. If students are under 18 years old, both they and their parents must sign the waiver.  International travelers must also submit a signed statement that they have registered their trip with the Amherst College Travel Registry. Please visit the Study Abroad website for information on Health and Emergency Medical Assistance.

Contact Emily Jacobson with any questions.

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

Support for senior 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. All seniors in the humanities and social sciences may submit an application, but first priority is reserved for English majors and others working in literary studies, creative writing, theater and dance, or film. Monies from the David P. Patchel Memorial Fund can be used for senior projects having to do with the moving image specifically, whether essays, theses, or production projects. Awards are intended for seniors who are working on projects that are integral to their coursework or are part of independent study for credit that is supervised and evaluated by a faculty member.

The Alpha Delta Phi Fund and the David P. Patchel Memorial Fund may be used to subsidize a variety of activities such as: purchase or rental of equipment, supplies, or materials; short-term travel funds for research purposes (travel is not an option during Fall 2020 and should not be anticipated in Spring 2021 until the college lifts the travel restrictions due to the covid-19 pandemic); and funds to defray the costs of interviews. Students are expected to absorb normal costs for their work. These grants are for expenses over and above the purchase of books and routine supplies equivalent to the usual costs of a regular course. Grants generally do not exceed $1,200, however, domestic travel grants may be awarded up to $1,500 and international travel grants may be awarded up to $2,000. Students who receive the maximum amount of funding in one semester may only reapply for additional funding in exceptional circumstances.  Please use these links for applications: Fall Application Spring Application The deadlines for these applications are: October 12 and February 22. Application Procedures

If your project involves international travel, you must include with your proposal a signed International Travel Waiver of Liability.  If you are under 18 years old, both you and your parents must sign the waiver.  International travelers must also submit a signed statement that you have registered your trip with the Amherst College Travel Registry. Please visit the Study Abroad website for information on Health and Emergency Medical Assistance.

Contact Emily Jacobson with any questions.

2020 Summer Funding

The Gregory S. Call Research Program supports summer research awards for a period of up to 6 weeks and includes a stipend of $600 per week. Priority will be given to current juniors with proposals leading into thesis work. The online application must outline a clearly defined project and have the strong support of the faculty member with whom the student will work directly. For the summer of 2020, 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 who have not applied for the stipend can apply for a one-time grant of $300 to fund some of their research expenses other than for travel.  The online application proposal must outline a clearly defined project and have the strong support of the faculty member with whom the student will work directly.

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.

Contact Emily Jacobson with any questions.

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. Juniors planning to conduct engaged or place-based research in preparation for a thesis or capstone project during the summer before their senior year are encouraged to apply. Up to $5,500 will be awarded for qualifying projects. Students interested in applying to the program should contact Zoë Jacobs.  For more information on program requirements, please visit the CCE website.

Varmus International Fellows

The Harold Varmus 1961 Fund supports Amherst College students pursuing independent scholarly work, approved by an Amherst college faculty sponsor, in any field outside of the United States for a period of no less than 12 weeks and no more than 6 months.  Preference is given to rising seniors whose scholarly work will be used to support a thesis. Varmus Fellows must remain abroad at their place(s) of study for the duration of the fellowship. International students may not return to their home countries.  Students must meet with a Center for Community Engagement staff member prior to submitting a proposal.  For more information, please visit the CCE website

Amherst College Undergraduate Folger Fellowships

Schupf Scholars Program  (login required)