Applying for Summer Funding

Application Schedule

  • Information session Feb. 10, 7:00 p.m., Griffin 4. All students considering applying should attend.
  • Two Applications deadlines: First round due March 15 with decision by March 20; Second round due April 5 with decision by April 13 via email to dlewis@williams.edu

Application Guidelines and Required Materials

Summer Internship and Grant Funding

The Center for Environmental Studies offers funding to support summer endeavors, including scholarly research, career-related internships, and creative projects.  All Williams students are eligible to apply for CES funding, regardless of major, concentration, or year (graduating seniors are not eligible). All proposals must demonstrate an environmental component, although our interpretation of “environmental” is broad.  The CES Summer Grants Program does not provide funding for internships that are primarily manual labor, such as trail work or farm work.  Further, the Program does not provide funding for workshops, classes, or travel.  View past internships that have been funded in previous years http://ces.williams.edu/student-opportunities/projects-funded/.

Students who accept funding from CES are expected to fulfill three requirements.  First, students will give a public presentation about their summer experience during the following academic year by giving a log lunch talk, a shorter talk in a group setting, a gallery exhibit, or some other public presentation appropriate to the project.  Second, students will submit a written report about the project (3-5 pages for internships; 15 – 20 pages for research projects) as well as one paragraph for the CES online newsletter, CES Notes.

The maximum stipend is $400 per week for up to 2-10 weeks of full-time work. Applications will be accepted for part-time projects.   In the case that funding is obtained elsewhere, CES will provide not more than the difference between the funding secured and $400 per week for full-time work.  Students who accept other Williams College funding are not eligible for CES funding for the same time period.  CES does not provide additional funds for project-related purpose, such as travel, lodging or supplies.

CES evaluates each application for summer funding individually. Joint projects are not encouraged, but if two students make a compelling case that a project is best conducted by two people, the Summer Grants Committee is willing to consider joint applications. However, each student must apply individually by submitting their own application materials and each application will be evaluated individually.  Further, if funding is awarded, each student is expected to fulfill the three requirements above, individually.

Internship Listserve

The CES internship listserve sends out dozens of environmental internship postings during the winter and early spring months, many from CES alums. Subscribe here.

Application Schedule

An information session about the CES Summer Grants Program is held in early February (check Daily Messages for details).  All students considering applying should attend. There are two application rounds, one before spring break and the other during spring break.  Check application form for deadline.  Award decisions are made by a committee of CES faculty.

Application Materials

In addition to the Application Form, students must submit the following: 1) a letter of recommendation from a faculty member 2) a transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable) and 3) a proposal or essay. In addition, students applying for internship funding must submit the offer letter from the organization, which must include the dates of the internship.

Scholarly Research

Stipends of up to $400 per week for a maximum of ten weeks will be awarded to students conducting interdisciplinary research in environmental studies. Priority will be given to projects not eligible for funding by disciplinary departments or other sources. The research project must be designed by the student under the close supervision of a faculty member who will serve as an advisor to the project and who will help with research design, maintain contact with the student during the summer, and evaluate student work upon completion. Students are expected to submit a 15 – 20 page research paper as well as give a public presentation. Students may apply for stipends for shorter projects, funded at $400 per week. Preference will be given to juniors to carry out work in support of a senior thesis. The research project must examine matters directly related to environmental studies. Please submit the following materials to the dlewis@williams.edu by the application deadline:

  • Application Form
  • A research proposal including a research plan and schedule ( 3 – 5 pages);
  • A transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable);
  • A letter of support for the project from the faculty advisor to the project (may be sent separately by e-mail to Sarah Gardner at sgardner@williams.edu) stating that they will fill the role outlined above.
  • All application materials are due by the deadline.

Internships

Stipends of up to $400 per week for a maximum of 10 weeks will be awarded to a limited number of students participating in internships exploring environmental careers. Students must have a confirmed internship and an offer letter in writing in order to apply for internship funding.  Students are encouraged to seek funding from the host institution, and to apply to CES for supplemental funding if necessary. Students may apply for stipends for shorter projects, funded at not more than $400 per week. The internship must have an explicit relationship to a career in environmental studies. Please submit the following materials to dlewis@williams.edu by the application deadline:

  • Application form;
  • A transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable);
  • A short essay (3 pages) describing how your internship relates to the exploration of an environmental career;
  • A letter from the host institution including a job description, the name of your supervisor, an offer of an internship (the internship offer may be contingent upon funding), the dates of the internship, and the pay, if any.
  • A letter of reference from a faculty sponsor (may be sent separately by e-mail to Sarah Gardner at sgardner@williams.edu).
  • All application materials are due by the deadline.

Faculty Sponsored Research and Internships

Stipends of up to $400 per week for a maximum of 10 weeks will be awarded to a limited number of students to work with Williams faculty on their research. The research must examine matters directly related to environmental studies. Please submit the following materials to the dlewis@williams.edu by the application deadline:

  • Application Form
  • A transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable);
  • A letter of support from the faculty member;
  • A statement describing your interest in the project and your qualifications (3 pages);
  • Other supporting materials as you see fit.
  • All application materials are due by the deadline.

Creative Endeavors

Stipends of up to $400 per week for a maximum of 10 weeks will be provided to a limited number of students to complete creative works in environmental studies in the field of arts and humanities. A Williams faculty member must serve as adviser to the project, who will help with project design, maintain contact with the student during the summer, and evaluate student work upon completion. Students may apply for stipends for shorter projects, funded at $400 per week. The project must examine matters directly related to nature or environmental studies. Please submit the following materials to dlewis@williams.edu by the application deadline:

  • Application form
  • A transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable);
  • A creative project description (3 pages);
  • A letter of support for the proposal from the faculty advisor to the project explaining how student is qualified to carry out this project (may be sent separately by e-mail to Sarah Gardner at sgardner@williams.edu) stating that they will fill the role outlined above.