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Charles Center Summer Research Grants

Applications Have Closed for Summer 2020
The Charles Center offers a number of grants to fund summer undergraduate research in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Unless otherwise noted, these awards are $3,000 to support seven full-time weeks of research. Rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors are eligible to apply.

Funding to Promote Specific Categories of Research

Use the Charles Center Summer Research application to apply for general funding, as well as for funding in the categories listed below. Applicants will indicate on the application form if their research falls into any of these categories. If your research does not match any of descriptions below, your application will still be considered for general funding.

list of scholarships
Humanities & Arts

  • Catron Scholarship for Artistic Development - research or classes/workshops off campus in creative & artistic development conducted by a rising junior or senior. Additional application materials are required, please see the Catron Scholarship webpage for details, and select Catron Scholarship in the Embark application menu. The Catron fund was established for Dr. Louis E. Catron, Professor of Theatre Emeritus.
  • Christian-Ewell Scholarship - research on topics involving Latin America. Mr. David Bruce Christian '73 established the endowment which funds this scholarship. The award is made in honor of Judith Ewell, Newton Professor of History, for her work at William & Mary.
  • Gaither-Johnson Summer Research Fellowship - research that investigates the rich history of African-Americans and in a larger context, the African Diaspora. More information is available on the Gaither-Johnson webpage. This award is made possible by the Gaither-Johnson family.
  • Jacobs Scholarship - research in any field taking place in Israel. This award is made possible by the estate of Nathan P. Jacobs. 
  • Louis Scholarship - research about an international or intercultural topic or research conducted outside of the United States. These awards are made possible by the estate of Chloe Louis.
  • Meyers-Stern Scholarship - for students pursuing research in any area of Judaic Studies, or, pursuing the study of any discipline in Israel. If you have questions about this program, please contact [[ccazznara, Christine Azznara]]. These awards are made possible by Ruth S. Hilborn.
  • Hans Tiefel Scholarship - research in religion, ethics or philosophy conducted by a rising junior or senior. These awards are made possible by Kathleen Burke Koch ’80 and Robert J. Koch.
Science & Math
  • Cummings Memorial Summer Scholarship for Research in the Sciences - students from underrepresented groups working in the sciences. These scholarships are made possible by the Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Memorial Science Research Endowment. 
  • Glenmore Hines Harding Mentorship - research involving faculty mentorship in the sciences. These awards are made possible by Glenmore Hines Harding '65 in honor of her 50th reunion.
  • Llanso-Sherman Scholarship - research related to medical science, conducted by a rising senior. These awards are made possible by Peter Neufeld '58.
  • Morton-Brown Scholarship - research related to medical science, with preference given to high-altitude research. These awards are made possible by Doug N. Morton '62 & Marilyn Brown (honorary alum '07).
  • Meyers-Stern Scholarship - for students pursuing research in any area of Judaic Studies, or, pursuing the study of any discipline in Israel. If you have questions about this program, please contact [[ccazznara, Christine Azznara]]. These awards are made possible by Ruth S. Hilborn.
  • STEM  Research Proposal Showdown - This is a competition for funding a STEM summer research proposal at the $5,000 level for ten weeks of research. Semi-finalists will be asked to provide additional information about their proposal and will be interviewed by the Undergraduate Research Committee. Finalists will present their proposals at a Shark Tank like event in April, judged by a panel of experts. These awards are made possible by Stanley "Butch" Barr '62, J.D. '66.
Social Sciences
  • Christian-Ewell Scholarship - research on topics involving Latin America. Mr. David Bruce Christian '73 established the endowment which funds this scholarship. The award is made in honor of Judith Ewell, Newton Professor of History, for her work at William & Mary
  • Gaither-Johnson Summer Research Fellowship - research that investigates the rich history of African-Americans and in a larger context, the African Diaspora. More information is available on the Gaither-Johnson webpage. This award is made possible by the Gaither-Johnson family.
  • Jacobs Scholarship - research in any field taking place in Israel. This award is made possible by the estate of Nathan P. Jacobs. 
  • James Reilly Undergraduate Summer Scholarship - research in public policy. This award was created as a tribute to James Reilly '98 who died in the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.
  • Louis Scholarship - research about an international or intercultural topic or research conducted outside of the United States. These awards are made possible by the estate of Chloe Louis.
  • Meyers-Stern Scholarship - for students pursuing research in any area of Judaic Studies, or, pursuing the study of any discipline in Israel. If you have questions about this program, please contact Christine Azznara. These awards are made possible by Ruth S. Hilborn.
Scholar Programs Funding
Additional Summer Funding
[The Charles Center publicizes these grants but they have separate applications]
Thank you to all of the additional Donors for their contributions to unrestricted summer research funds!

General summer research awards are funded by the following:

  • Frank Batten, W. Edward Bright '78, Diana Alleva Caceres '87 & Lynn Alleva Lilley '87, Harvey Chappell '48, Helen Y. and Elliott Cohen '37, Virginia Crouch '90, William F. Davis, Jr. (former W&M faculty member), David Forer '41, Glenmore Hines Harding '65, Craig W. Hoffman '77, Kathleen B. Koch '80 and Robert J. Koch, Gale and Steve Kohlhagen '69, Theresa W. Long '00 & Emil L. Hanzevack, Suzanne Louis '71, Margaret L. Montgomery '42, Doug N. Morton '62 & Marilyn Brown (honorary alum '07), Peter Neufeld '58, the estate of Dewey Renick, Richard '52 and Nancy Sayford, Michael Tang '76, Mr. and Mrs. George Tayloe, Hans Tiefel, Barbara Wheeler '56, Christopher Wren Association, W&M Class of 1943, W&M Class of 1968, and the W&M Parents' Association