The Monroe Scholar research stipend is intended to buy your time for seven weeks over the course of one summer, so that you can dedicate it to full-time research. While most people use the $3000 toward completing their project, there's no requirement that you do. If you're writing a novel at home, chances are you won't need all of the funding to do so, but we've bought you out of your summer job so that you can get the project done.

Some restrictions:
  • You may incorporate an internship into your Monroe project only if you are able to dedicate at least seven full-time weeks to the project. For example, if you are doing a full-time, seven week, unpaid internship with an environmental non-profit organization and this non-profit permits you to dedicate full-time to your Monroe Project, you are eligible for funding. If your work with the non-profit is a fully paid job, you may not receive Monroe funding because 100% of your time is already committed. Hybrid scenarios - for example, where pay is partial and you can dedicate substantial, although not full, time to your research project - will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • You may not use the Monroe Scholarship for a summer study abroad program. If there is a program where you can take a course that is pertinent to your research, you may count the time you spend on that class toward the seven total weeks. For example, if you're doing a study on Virginia Woolf and the W&M in Cambridge program is offering a course on Bloomsbury, you may use the hours spent in that class toward the seven weeks, but you may not count the entire five weeks of the Cambridge program. You must complete the rest of the seven weeks of research either before or after the study abroad session. You should articulate the timetable clearly in your project proposal.
  • You are not eligible to receive additional Charles Center support during the seven weeks you have identified for your Monroe project, but you may apply for Charles Center summer (or other) scholarships for the part of the summer not covered by your Monroe project. Note that most of the Center's summer scholarships require a minimum commitment of seven full-time weeks.
  • You may apply for external funding provided that the external funding source is okay with you receiving the Monroe stipend as well as their funds.
  • About REU funding: The Monroe grant buys 100% of your time for seven weeks, 40 hours / week at $427 / week, so you may not accept full funding from an outside source during those 7 weeks. If the REU pays for more than seven weeks of work you may accept the difference. For example, if your REU supports students at $4000 for ten weeks of research, you may work with the REU administrators to get the $1200 for the three weeks not covered by the Monroe grant.
  • Working summer jobs or taking summer school courses during the time you're involved with your Monroe research is handled on a case by case basis. Remember that you must be able to show that you are dedicating at least 40 hours / week for seven weeks to your Monroe project during part of the summer designated for it.