W&M Honors Fellowship

The WM 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.

At least eight full fellowships will be awarded - five will be funded by Ted Dintersmith, an alumnus who completed honors theses in both Physics and English when he was an undergraduate. Additional funding will be awarded through the William and Mary Honors Fellowships website that will allow alumni (and others) to provide funding to individual students.


All students who have been approved to conduct Department Honors in the 2015-2016 academic year are eligible to apply for WM Honors Fellowships.


Click on the links for more information

  • Application Form
  • Banner Transcript
  • Project Proposal (maximum of 2, single-spaced pages)
  • Personal Statement (maximum of 1, single-spaced page)
  • 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 her/him 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 - do not begin it the day of the deadline! Your student IRB protocol must be submitted by March 18, 2015 (but it does not have to be awarded exempt status by that date). However, it is in your best interest as an applicant to submit the protocol well before this deadline.
  • 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 from the Reves Center.
  • 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 by the March 18 Charles Center deadline.
  • Photographs for the Honors Fellowship Site are due by 5:00 pm on Monday, March 16, 2015. Photos should be emailed to liz@theAVAdventure.com.
  • All parts of the online application are due by noon on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
  • Videos for the Honors Fellowship Site will be filmed on Wednesday, March 18. Come by the Charles Center to sign up for a time slot beginning on Monday, February 23.
How to Apply
  • Your Honors project must first be approved by your advisor and the appropriate department by completing this form with original signatures.
  • 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 by clicking this link
  • In the Preliminary Questions section select WM Honors Fellowship as the program for which you are applying
  • Already have an account/have applied for a Charles Center scholarship before? Visit the FAQs page for instructions on how to submit a new application.
  • Fill out the application form and upload the required documents (Honors approval 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, s/he 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 an unofficial, WM Banner transcript, including 2015 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 2, single-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 1, single-spaced page. 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 your form to the Charles Center, please stop by the front desk and a Charles Center staff member will scane 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.

Unless a student elects not to participate, all of the 2015 W&M Honors Fellowship applications submitted by the deadline will appear on the donor website.  A faculty committee will review and rank all of these applications and funding from Mr. Dintersmith will support the highest ranked proposals that have not been funded by other donors through the 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 webs ite 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. For the site, students will need to submit photos by Monday, March 16 and sign up for a video time slot which will take place on Wednesday, March 18. Appointments are given on a first-come, first-served basis, so applicants are advised to sign up as soon as possible. Please note that 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
Applicant Video Instructions for students abroad

Studying abroad? Please read the instructions for video submissions from students abroad.

Students who wish to opt out of the online funding process will still be considered for the five Dintersmith fellowships.

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.