W&M Honors Fellowship

Click here for detailed informaton about the 2016-17 Honors Fellows.

W&M Honors Fellowships support students conducting research for departmental Honors projects. Students may receive up to $6,000 through the William and Mary Honors Fellowship program. This funding package includes $4,000 for the student to conduct 10 full-time weeks of summer pre-Honors research; up to $1,000 for the student to draw on for project-related expenses; and $1,000 for the student's faculty supervisor to support her/his research.


All students who have been approved to conduct Department Honors in the 2017-2018 academic year are eligible to apply for WM Honors Fellowships.


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  • Application Form - available soon
  • Unofficial Transcript - the free, unofficial transcript from the Registar is required; it takes several days to process
  • Project Proposal (maximum of 3 double-spaced pages)
  • Personal Statement (maximum of 2 double-spaced pages)
  • Signed and Approved Application for Honors Form
  • One Letter of Recommendation
  • To be included on the Honors Fellowship Site, submit photographs and sign up for a video time slot
  • If you are working with human subjects in any way, exemption by the Student Institutional Review Board is required UNLESS your research falls under your faculty advisor's exemption through the Protection of Human Subjects Committee. Ask them to be sure before you begin the Student IRB process. Note that the Student IRB requires a significant amount of time to complete and includes a required online training module. Your student IRB protocol must be exempted by the application deadline of February 28, 2017.
  • If you plan to travel abroad for your research, the College 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.
  • 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 2017 Charles Center-funded travel/research/internship in a country under a Travel Warning must be received by [[nsvasquez, Nick Vasquez]], International Travel and Security Manager, by 5:00 pm on April 15, 2017. See this page for details and plan to submit your petition by the February 28 Charles Center deadline.
  • All parts of the online application are due by noon on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
  • Honors Fellowship applicants must email three photos related to their project to liz@theAVAdventure.com by 5PM on Monday, February 27. The file names must be ‘last name, first name 1; last name, first name 2, last name, first name 3.’ For example, ‘Smith, John 1.’ These photos will be included in the 30-second video.
  • Videos for the Honors Fellowship Site will be filmed on Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, March1 in Blow 201. Come by the Charles Center (Blow Hall 254) to sign up for a time slot beginning on Wednesday, February 22.
How to Apply
  • Your Honors project must first be approved by your advisor and the head of the appropriate department / program. The Application for Admission to Honors Study must be submitted online and a confirmation email will have the filled pdf attached (make sure to check spam folder for .pdf copy). Print a copy to be signed by the applicant, the Honors advisor and the department Chair or program Director. You will also fill in your GPA information and Banner ID by hand. Then upload the completed form to your Honors Fellowship application.
  • Discuss your project with the faculty member who will write your recommendation letter (if your recommender is not also your project advisor). Be sure your recommender knows the application deadline.
  • Access the online application here when the application is live
  • In the Preliminary Questions section select W&M Honors Fellowship as the program for which you are applying
  • Fill out the application form and upload the required documents (application for admission to Honors form, transcript, proposal, and personal statement)
  • Register your recommender. Your recommender will submit your letter through the online system. Once you have registered your recommender, they will receive an email with instructions on how to submit the letter. Please alert your recommender to look for this email (it may go to a spam folder). The system will notify you once the letter has been submitted. You may submit your application before the letter has been uploaded. Visit the FAQs page for more information on recommendation letters.
  • Submit your application.
  • Follow the instructions for submitting your photographs and the filming the video for the Honors Fellowship Site.

Be sure to read the FAQs page for all Charles Center Summer Scholarship applications for further information, including who to contact for help preparing your application and with the process of applying.

Application Materials

Application Form
The online application form ask for basic contact information and project information, including your title and a brief abstract.

Upload a free unofficial transcript, available here from the Registrar; make sure it includes 2017 spring registration.

Project Proposal
The project proposal can be uploaded (as a Word document or PDF) or typed directly into the online application. It should be no more than 3 double-spaced pages. The proposal should outline your honors research project and answer the following questions:

  • What is the question you hope to answer with your research?
  • What course work or other experience have you had that are relevant to this proposal?
  • What is the methodology that you will employ to pursue this project?
  • What support do you need to pursue this project (e.g. lab space, access to archives or interview subjects, etc.)?
  • What will your research contribute to the field and why is this work exciting or unique?

Personal Statement
The personal statement can be uploaded (as a Word document or PDF) or typed directly into the online application. It should be no more than 2 double-spaced pages. The personal statement should reflect on the factors that have influenced your intellectual development and your goals both before and after graduation from William and Mary.

Application for Honors Form
Your Honors project must be approved by your project advisor and department, indicated by a completed and signed Application for Honors Form. This form with signatures must be uploaded to the online application.

If you have already submitted the hard copy of your form to the Charles Center, please stop by the front desk and a Charles Center staff member will scan a copy of your completed form for you to upload to the online application.

Recommendation Letter
The letter of recommendation must be from a William and Mary faculty member who is familiar with your research and academic career. The recommender can be your Honors project advisor but does not have to be. You should discuss your proposal with the faculty member before applying.

Honors Fellowship Site
The Honors Fellowship site is a donor website that allows multiple donors to fund student projects. The site gives donors a considerable amount of flexibility in funding one or more proposed projects.

All of the 2017 W&M Honors Fellowship applications submitted by the deadline will appear on the donor website. 

The Honors Fellowships Program provides donors with a unique opportunity to fund the specific projects that interest them. For that reason, we want our website to give donors both information about your projects and academic preparation, and a real feel for why you are passionate about your research. We will be featuring videos and still pictures on the site that will give donors this personalized appreciation of the research projects and, most important, the students behind the research projects.

Please note the following important dates that are specific to Honors Fellowship applications:
- Starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday February 22 and no later than 12 p.m. on Monday, February 27 applicants must come in to the Charles Center to sign up for a time to shoot their video. Appointments are given on a first-come, first-served basis, so applicants are advised to sign up as soon as possible.
- Honors Fellowship applicants must email three photos related to their project to liz@theAVAdventure.com by 5PM on Monday, February 27. The file names must be ‘last name, first name 1; last name, first name 2, last name, first name 3.’ For example, ‘Smith, John 1.’ These photos will be included in the 30-second video.
- Videos will be shot on Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, March 1.

Applications will be considered incomplete until we have received your online application and photos and you have signed up for a video slot.

Please read through the applicant video instructions.
Applicant Video Instructions

Studying abroad? Please read these instructions for video submissions from students abroad.
Applicant Video Instructions for students abroad

It is possible that a student may end up with something less than the full $6,000 grant. In these cases the Charles Center will work with individual students to identify the most productive uses for the available funding for activities related to the honors project.