Gregory S. Call Student Research Program
Support for student term-time thesis research is available for Amherst College seniors for up to $1,000 in the form of grants from the Gregory S. Call Student Research Program; the Nicholas Curtis Heaney Memorial Fund, which provides support for honors thesis research that is intended to broaden the student's personal and cultural horizons; the Doelling Undergraduate Research Fund, which supports undergraduates 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 thesis research, with a preference for projects in American studies, history, political science, or English.
Application deadlines are November 30 (for students submitting funding requests for Fall term) and April 30 (for students requesting funds in Spring). 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 conference will be considered only if they are presenting their research at the conference. For the College’s travel policy and guidelines for college-sponsored programs, please check the Office of Global Education's travel policy and resources website.
Students should email Steven Hegarty to be given access to the SurveyMonkey Apply application form. If a student has already applied for any source of funding through SurveyMonkey Apply at Amherst College they do not need to request access for the Gregory S. Call Student Research Program application.
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. For additional information, please see the Travel Policy for College-Sponsored Programs, the AIG/Travel Guard Program, and the Office of Global Education's information on Health and Emergency Medical Assistance.
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; 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 for the activities listed above or domestic travel may be awarded up to $1,500 and international travel grants may be awarded up to $3,000. Students who receive the maximum amount of funding in one semester may only reapply for additional funding in exceptional circumstances. Application deadlines are October 13 (for the fall term) and February 23 (for the spring term).
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. Students must register their trip with the Amherst College Travel Registry. For additional information, please see the Travel Policy for College-Sponsored Programs, the AIG/Travel Guard Program, and the Office of Global Education's information on Health and Emergency Medical Assistance.
|AIG TravelGuard info for international students.pdf
|AIG TravelGuard info for domestic students.pdf