Summer Grants

The Sharpe Community Scholars and Community Studies Programs, in conjunction with the Charles Center, offer $3,000 grants to Sharpe and Community Studies students who wish to conduct research that is integrated with community and public service. Students must design and carry out seven full-time weeks of research under the supervision of a faculty advisor. To be eligible, applicants must be continuing students (i.e., not graduating seniors) in good academic standing. Recipients must agree to blog about their research on the Charles Center Summer Scholarship blog: and must present their findings during the fall of 2015.

Sharpe students may build upon the work they did during their freshman year in the program, but are not required to do so. Students may also propose projects that draw heavily on library research, interviews, surveys, and so forth. Summer grants may be used on campus or elsewhere, in the United States or abroad, and when involving human subjects must attain Student IRB approval in order to be eligible for funding. Students who conduct research projects at William & Mary and/or for community agencies located in Williamsburg will be eligible for free dormitory housing.

Freshman and former Sharpe Community Scholars, and now, Community Studies minors are eligible to apply.

To learn more about funding opportunities for engaged scholarship, please contact Monica Griffin at 757-221-2495.

International Travel Insurance

If you plan to travel internationally for your research, the Charles Center requires you to purchase insurance for your time abroad.  The Global Education Office at the Reves Center strongly recommends that you purchase Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) insurance.  Read more about CISI and how to purchase it from the Reves Center.

Travel Warning

If you plan to travel to a country which is on the State Department's Travel Warning list, you must petition for approval from the College under the W&M Travel Warning Policy.  Petitions for summer 2015 Charles Center-funded travel/research/internship in a country under a Travel Warning must be received by Nicholas Vasquez, International Travel and Security Manager, by 5:00 pm on April 15, 2015.  See this page for details and plan to submit your petition prior to the March 18 Charles Center deadline.