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Student Summer Research Grants

The Committee on Sustainability (COS) seeks applications and proposals for Sustainability Summer Research Grants every academic year. Grants are open to all continuing students of W&M: undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Awards will be made in amounts up to $5,000 each ($3,500 scholarship and up to $1,500 in research support), plus housing on the Williamsburg campus. An additional $450 will be awarded to the student's advisor in recognition of the advisor's contributions.  

Summer Research Cover Sheets are not available at this time. 

Proposals will be accepted in Spring 2022 for Summer 2022 projects.

The Sustainability Summer Research Grants support a student’s close collaboration with William & Mary faculty and/or staff in researching sustainability-related issues. The grant is intended to provide the student with an opportunity to conduct creative research while advancing the university’s goals of sustainability. The nature of the student’s research experience will vary considerably from one project to another; however, in all cases, it is crucial that the student’s role go significantly beyond mechanical tasks such as data entry, photocopying, or library errands, though it may, of course, include tasks of this nature. 

Summer Research Grant FAQs
  1. What do I need to include in my application?
    • COS Summer Research Grant cover sheet 
    • 2-3 page research proposal
    • Budget
    • Applicant's transcript
    • One letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member familiar with the applicant's workAll letters of recommendation should be emailed to [[sustain]]
  2. What are the commitments for the grant?
    The grant is meant to be a full-time commitment (8 weeks at 40 hours per week).  Students must disclose any other summer commitments that may impact ability to fulfill the requirements of the Summer Research Grant. 
  3. Who should I approach to work with?
    Students may approach any faculty or staff member with whom they want to work and whose research interests them. If you have any questions, please contact [[sustain]]
  4. What happens if more than one student approaches the same faculty or staff member?

    If more than one student approaches a faculty or staff member, the faculty or staff member must select one student to advise in the grant process.

  5. Can I use someone else's work to apply for the grant?
    No. The project proposal must be the applicant’s own work but should be developed under the close guidance of the advisor. 

  6. What needs to be addressed in the application proposal?
    The application and research proposals should advance sustainability at, and through, W&M. Those that address W&M Sustainability Plan goals will be prioritized. Areas of individual interest are open and depend on the student’s expertise, skills and interests as well as those of the advisor. 

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at [[sustain]].