Summer Fellowships & Grants
Summer can be an ideal time to explore a new area of interest, carry out an independent research project, or undertake an internship. Here, you will find funding sources to support such activities.
College-Wide Summer Travel Awards
F&M Departmental Awards
Davis Projects for Peace
Critical Language Scholarships
The International & Off-Campus Study Committee and the Paul A. Mueller, Jr. Summer Award Committee administer the following summer travel awards. Students may apply for multiple awards in one term. Read the award descriptions for more information about eligibility. The maximum amount for each award is $3000.00.
Margery Brittain '79 Foreign Travel Award Endowment Fund: This award supports educational travel for the purpose of conducting research or completing a course of study in a country where the student has not previously resided for any appreciable length of time. Preference will be given to Modern Language majors who will be enrolled at the College in a semester following the award.
John Kryder Evans Scholar Summer Study and Travel Award: This award will go to a current sophomore or junior for study and/or educational summer travel outside the United States. The selected candidate must show quality of character, personal and intellectual promise, and an enthusiasm for learning from international experience. There are no limitations of major or destination; however, preference will be given to students whose projects reflect ethical or social concerns of our time, such as human rights, global peace, or international understanding.
Charles J.G. Mayaud Endowment Fund: This award supports study and/or educational travel for Franklin & Marshall students outside the United States during the summer between semesters, or the summer following graduation. Only if a summer awardee is forced for reasons beyond his or her control to postpone the project would it be acceptable for a project to take place in fall semester or over winter break, but in no case finishing later than the first day of class the following spring semester. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors (e.g. soon-to-be rising juniors, rising seniors, and graduates) are eligible to apply.
Paul A Mueller, Jr. Summer Award: This award enables rising juniors to pursue worthy projects that provide important opportunities for personal growth; to develop independence, creativity and leadership skills; and to broaden or deepen some area of special interest. The award is intended to allow students the freedom to pursue areas of personal interest that they might otherwise be unable or unlikely to explore further. Note: While this award will support project travel costs when applicable, travel is not a requirement of the award.
How to Apply
Complete applications for Summer 2015 are due in the Office of International Programs by on November 26. Late applications will not be considered by the committee.
To apply, complete for online Summer Travel Award Application form, on which you will attach a completed STA Budget Form.
Each applicant must also submit one recommendation from an F&M faculty member by the application deadline. A recommender should e-mail the Summer Travel Award Recommendation Form to Dean Rachel Helwig (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject "Reference for [Student's Name]."
The selection committee may interview finalists and request additional recommendations if necessary.
Students who receive awards will agree to use the funds as stipulated in the proposal and to submit receipts for all expenses to Dean Rachel Helwig by the third week of September. Award recipients are expected to share their project or program experiences with the F&M community upon return. Students will then be recognized at Awards Day during their Senior year at F&M.
Awards are available to majors and minors (in the case that no major exists) in the following departments. Click on the links below or contact the relevant department to find out more about each award, including application procedures and due dates.
Classics (Talk to Department for more information)
Earth & Environment
Government: The Sidney Wise Public Service Internship Program was created in memory of Professor Sidney Wise who was committed to providing for students first-hand experiences in government and guidance to alumni in the field. This program allows students to gain first-hand experience in the practice of government at the local, state, and federal levels. Up to three awards of $3,000 stipend or expenses for 35-40 hours a week work for 10 weeks. Current juniors and sophomores may apply. Applications available from the Government department. Deadline: October 1
Theater: This award is given in memory of Franklin J. Schaffner '42, the late Academy Award winning director of numerous movies, television programs, and plays, who graduated from F&M in 1942. This award, usually $4,000, enables students to study British theatre on location. There is no formal application process; possible candidates are considered automatically. Contact the Theater department for more information.
One hundred project proposals are chosen by the Davis United World College Scholars Program each year to receive a $10,000 grant. It is left up to the student to define what a "project for peace" might be. Projects must take place during the summer, and can be based anywhere in the world, including in the United States. Significant work is required before submitting a proposal. All current students are eligible to apply, including seniors who will complete the project after graduation.
Significant work is involved in developing a project and preparing a proposal. For advice on a project idea, contact Dean Marion Coleman.
Complete applications for Summer 2015 are due in the Office of International Programs on November 26. Late applications will not be considered by the committee. To apply, complete the online Summer Travel Award Application form, on which you will attach a completed Budget Form. Each applicant must also submit one letter of recommendation by the application deadline. Recommenders should e-mail the Davis Projects for Peace Recommendation Form to Dean Rachel Helwig with the subject "Reference for [Student's Name]."
The Franklin & Marshall Committee on Campus Life will review proposals and select nominees. Upon nomination, students will be required to refine the project proposal for final submission to the Davis Projects for Peace selection committee. Winners must submit a written report to Dean Marion Coleman upon completion of the project.
Visit the Davis Projects for Peace website for more information about the program, including a list of past projects.
Critical Language Scholarships
Each summer, the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education, and Cultural Affairs offers full funding for the study of languages deemed critical.
Credit for these language programs may or may not be available. Meet with the Office of International Programs staff to begin the process of exploring credit transfer for a program. Applications for summer are due the November before.