Honors Fellowships

William & Mary Honors Fellowships support students conducting research for department Honors projects. Students may receive up to $6,000 through the William and Mary Honors Fellowship program. This funding package includes a $4,000 summer grant to enable the student to conduct 10 full-time weeks of 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 their research. 

The Honors Fellowship Website
The Honors Fellowship Give Campus website (active exclusively for Honors Fellowships during March through early April) allows multiple donors to fund one or more student projects. Honors Fellowship Programs give donors 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. The site will feature videos and still pictures that will give donors this personalized appreciation of the research projects and, most important, the students behind the research projects. Follow the Honors Fellowship blogs
2017-2018 Honors Fellows
2016-2017 Honors Fellows
Anastasia Rivera
Lyuba Bolkhovitinov
Colleen Flynn
Dongsun Heo
Michelle Barbeau
McNeill Bauer
Aaron Bayles
Courtney Blackington
Jacob Brammer
Eboni Brown
Lydia Brown
Hannah Bunting
Yuming Cao
Lindsay Chatkewitz
Sarah Collier
Arya Dahal
Bernadette Deschaine
Ebimene Doubeni
Meghan Downey
Kristen Ekstrom
Christine Fulgham
Mary Garrett
Hunter Gentry
Logan George
Stephen Gurley
Brooks Henne
Anna Henshaw
Edward Hernandez
Danielle Horridge
Christina Howard
Emmaleah Jones
Cody Jones
Kevin Kay
Sang Kim
Sarah Kinniburgh
Polly Lauer
Thomas Le
Caroline Martin
Emily Masi
Matthew McGuinness
Rachel Merriman-Goldring
Francis Pham
Meagan Phillips
Natalee Price
Alexa Rosalsky
Daniel Rosenberg
Rachel Rosenfeld
Kharis Schrage
Abigail Simon
Sarah Stratton
James Sylvester
Colleen Truskey
Cody Turner
Quentin Ullrich
John Weaver
Alexander Williams
Matthew Wong
Lauren Wood
Ellen Yates
Joshua Zimmt
Julia Zuercher
2015-2016 Honors Fellows

Catherine Acio
Karl Adryan Flores
Isaac Alty
Mary Andino
Laurel Brockenberry
Hannah Brooks
Noah Brooksher
Alyssa Brown
Evan Cunningham
Connor Dantzler
Emily Draper
Kristin Edwards
Yussre El-Bardicy
Katie Fee
Brenna Ferris
Reynolds Hahamovitch
Megan Haney Claus
Carolyn Hartley
Emily Harmon
Zachariah Hasan
Chantal Houglan
Doo Hyun Nam
Bina Kakusa
Anton Lachowicz
Ebony Lambert
Robert LaRose
Cassandra Leong
Natalie Libster
Emma McGregor
David McPherson
Gabrielle Mecca
Frankie Morin
Minu Nagashunmugam
Emily Nye
Marshall Padilla
Sarah Perry
Nic Querolo
Davis Richardson
Jeremy Ross
Jillian Sequeira
Brent Sherwood
Hannah Smith
Patrick Smith
Wangxiaoqi Sun
Jenna Tan
Olivia Trani
Katianna Tron
Sarah Volz
Karyne Williams
Fangyi Xu

2014-2015 Honors Fellows

Salma Abdel-Raheem
Jacob Abrams
Emma Albert-Stone
Eri Anastas
Maura Brennan
Tyler Brent
Isabel Bush
Alana Burton
Christian Chamberlayne
Dave Geroski
Madeline Grimm
Nicholas Gupta
Melissa Hey
Heather Hoskins
Natalie Hudson-Smith
Lauren Jean
Elisabeth Laird
Casey Lardner
Lucas Leblanc
Maren Leibowitz
Jacob Lisi
Emily Mahoney
Addie Merians
Chloe Miksovic
Adam Mullet
William Plews-Ogan
Laura Pugh
Yusheng Qin
Alison Roberts
Jacqueline Romero
Tanner Russo
Alyssa Samuel
Jake Schneider
Hae Seong Kim
Marvin Shelton
Katherine Shipman
Carly Shira
Rachel Sillcox
Lillian Singer
Jackson Stone
Ashby Sturgis
Danielle Tassara
Grace Taumoefolau
Casey Thompson
Claire Tocheny
Catherine Wise
Stephanie Wraith

All of the 2018 W&M Honors Fellowship applicants whose materials are submitted by the deadline will appear on the donor website


All students who have been approved to conduct Department Honors in the 2018-2019 academic year are eligible to apply for WM Honors Fellowships. Please see the Guidelines and Planning page for Arts & Sciences eligibility rules and check with your Honors advisor, department chair or program director for department- or program-specific rules. 

Application Materials

Honors Fellowship Application Form
Use your email.wm.edu to create an account on the Embark application platform. Select "Charles Center Summer Research Funding" from the drop down menu and check the box indicating that you're applying for an Honors Fellowship. All applications successfully submitted will be reviewed by faculty committees for $3,000 Charles Center awards. Honors Fellowship applicants selected for $3,000 awards must raise the remaining $3,000 for the full Honors Fellowship through the Honors Fellowship website.

Project Proposal
The project proposal may uploaded (as a .pdf or Word document) or typed directly onto the online application. It should be no longer than 3 double-spaced pages and should include / address the following:

  • The first paragraph of your proposal should be a concise abstract of your Honors research.
  • Describe the coursework or research you have done already that will be relevant to this proposal.
  • Describe in detail the goals you hope to achieve in your ten weeks of summer research and the methodology you will use to achieve these goals. This should be the longest section of your proposal. 
  • Explain what your research will contribute to the field, and why this work is exciting or unique.
  • Describe how this research fits into your longterm goals (academic, professional, personal, etc.).

Personal Statement
The personal statement may uploaded (as a .pdf or Word document) or typed directly onto the online application. It should be no longer than 2 double-spaced pages. In this essay, you should reflect on the factors that have influenced your intellectual development and your goals both before and beyond graduation from William & Mary. Don't repeat what you've written in the project proposal.

Upload an unofficial, WM Banner transcript, including 2018 spring registration. You may copy from Banner and paste into a Word document but please make sure that you capture all course titles and grades AND delete excess white space. If you studied abroad or completed other off-campus academic work, please upload those transcripts, too.

One Recommendation Letter
The recommendation letter must be from a William & Mary faculty member who is familiar with your academic career and your potential for success in writing an Honors thesis. If possible, they should also be familiar with your proposed topic. The recommender may be your Honors project advisor but this is not required. Be sure to discuss your proposal in depth with your recommender before registering them online.

Application for Admission to Honors Study
Your Honors project must first be approved by your Honors advisor and the head of the appropriate department / program. When you submit the online Application for Admission to Honors Study, you will receive a confirmation email with the filled pdf attached (make sure to check spam folder for the .pdf copy). Print a copy of the .pdf and fill in your GPA information and Banner ID by hand. The form requires signatures from you, your Honors project advisor, and the department Chair or program Director. Once the form is signed, submit the hard copy to Jabria Craft in the Charles Center (Blow Memorial Hall Suite 254).

Videos and Photos
To be included on the Honors Fellowship site, you must sign up for a time to film your video no later than 12 p.m. on Monday, February 19. Video times are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so applicants are advised to sign up as soon as possible. Videos will be shot on Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 in Blow 201. Be sure to read through the Applicant Video Instructions prior to your appointment. Students studying abroad should read and follow the instructions in the Honors Fellowship applicant video instructions for students abroad

All applicants must email three photos related to their Honors project to liz@theAVAdventure.com by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 19. The file names must be 'lastname, 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 final 30-second video.

Additional Considerations

Student Institutional Review Board
If you are working with human subjects in any way, exemption by the Student Institutional Review Board or Protection of Human Subjects Committee is required at the time of application UNLESS your research falls under your faculty advisor's exemption. Ask your project advisor for clarification before you begin the IRB process. Note that the IRB process takes a significant amount of time and requires an online training module that must be completed by both you and your research advisor. Your protocol must be exempted by the application deadline of February 28, 2018 and you must note the exemption details in your proposal's methodology section.

Travel Insurance and Travel Warning Policy
If you plan to travel abroad for your research, the College requires that you 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 14, 2018. 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 Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Note that it is possible for an Honors Fellowship candidate to 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.