Fall and Spring Semester Funding for Research
This program provides grants of up to $500 for students to conduct research during the fall and spring semesters and during Interterm, often to support research related to senior honors theses. The sponsorship of an Amherst faculty member is required. All students are eligible regardless if they are studying on campus or remotely. Due to Covid-19, student travel off campus is prohibited during Fall 2020 for all research and conferences. See https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/provost_dean_faculty/studentfunds for more details.
2020 Summer Research Opportunities
In response to COVID-19 all summer research must be done remotely. All of the opportunities funded by the Office of Provost and Dean of the Faculty will be for six weeks 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 programs will be funded only if they can be completed remotely this summer.
The college will not sponsor summer international trips for summer 2020.
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.
The summer intern application deadline is May 1, 2020. The summer award includes a student stipend of $600 per week for up to six weeks of full-time work. Please note that summer academic interns work 40 hours per week and 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.
Please contact Academic Technology Services and the Library if you need assistance.
Once requests are approved, positions should be advertised widely on campus. All students are eligible to apply for these internship opportunities. Please contact Academic Technology Services and the Library if you need assistance. Please direct any questions to Emily Jacobson in the Provost and Dean of the Faculty's Office.
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 and on campus. 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.
Gregory S. Call Student Research Program
This program supports summer research awards for a period of 6 weeks and includes a stipend of $600 per week. Priority will go to current juniors with proposals leading into thesis work. 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. 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 substantial 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. See https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/provost_dean_faculty/studentfunds for more details.
The deadline for submission of proposals is May 1.
Please note that if students receive funding to conduct summer research, they are not eligible for other Amherst College employment during that time period, including summer internship funding. Contact Emily Jacobson with any questions.
The Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship
This program will not be offered in the summer of 2020.
This program provides a stipend of $2,000 plus $1,500 towards living expenses to enable six students who have just graduated from Amherst to stay on campus over the summer to turn their senior honors theses into publishable papers under the supervision of their thesis advisor. (The thesis advisor receives an honorarium of $500 for this supervision.) Each department is asked to nominate one student who has produced a thesis recommended for summa-level honors that is judged to be potentially of publishable quality, and the winners are selected by a committee of deans from the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty.
The Academic Internship Program
This 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. Examples of projects 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 ensure that faculty can get needed assistance for their projects. For more information go to https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/provost_dean_faculty/funding/academicinterns