Funding for Student Research

Money is the easy part.

Our mission at William & Mary is to help every student fulfill his or her greatest academic potential. The last thing we want is for funding issues to get in the way. We do our best to make it easy for both undergraduate and graduate students to apply for and receive the funds they need to conduct groundbreaking research and scholarship in every academic area.

First of all, both undergraduates and graduate students can apply for one-time W&M research grants to fund everything from costumes for an original dance piece to travel expenses for attending an international physics conference.

For graduate students, Sponsored Programs helps connect advanced researchers with generous outside funding opportunities in the sciences and humanities.

For undergraduates, we offer dozens of summer research fellowships that pay for equipment, travel and living expenses to conduct independent research at home or abroad. The Dintersmith Fellowship awards up to $5,000 for summer research leading to a departmental honors thesis.

Monroe Scholars and 1693 Scholars also have the chance to conduct fully-funded summer research right after their freshman year, and then again after an upperclass year of their choosing.

W&M also participates in a national science program—the HHMI Science Education & Research Program—that dovetails with our mission to integrate significant scientific research into the curriculum. Three consecutive HHMI grants have funded hundreds of summer research projects for W&M undergraduates and are a near-singular statement about our extraordinary science programs.

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