Charles Center Summer Research Funding

The deadline for Charles Center summer research scholarship is noon on February 28, 2017.

The Charles Center offers a number of scholarships to fund summer research in the humanities, government/social sciences, and hard sciences. Unless otherwise noted, these awards are $3,000 to support seven full-time weeks of research.

Use the Charles Center Summer Research application to apply for general funding, as well as for these targeted awards (unless otherwise noted by an *):

Applicants will indicate on the application form if their research falls into any of these categories.

The Charles Center publicizes these grants but they have separate applications. Click through for details.

  • Meyers-Stern Scholarship for a) students pursuing research in any area of Judaic Studies and b) students undertaking study in any discipline in Israel (summer and academic year grants available). The summer 2018 application deadline is February 15. The deadline for fall 2017 is April 14. Students interested in applying must speak to Professor [[mlraph, Marc Raphael]].
  • Summer Research Fellowship in Environmental Science & Policy - these applications are due by noon on February 28, 2018. The awards provide a $3500 scholarship, $500 in research supplies, and $1000 in funds available to the research advisor. Click the link for details.
Charles Center Summer Funding Application Information

Click on the links for more information

  • Project Proposal (maximum of 3 double-spaced pages)
  • Personal Statement (maximum of 2 double-spaced pages)
  • Banner Transcript
  • One letter of recommendation
  • If you are working with human subjects in any way, exemption by the Student Institutional Review Board or the Protection of Human Subjects Commttee is required UNLESS your research falls under your faculty advisor's exemption through the PHSC. Ask your advisor to be sure before you begin the IRB process. Note that the IRB requires a significant amount of time to complete and requires that both you and your advisor successfully complete an online training module - do not begin it the day of the deadline! Your IRB protocol should be exempted by February 28, 2018. If you do not have exemption by that time explain where you are in the process in the your proposal. If, after reading the information on this page and reviewing the Power Point, you are unsure if you need exemption, email [[llove, Lindsey Love]].
  • If you plan to travel abroad for your research, the Charles Center 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 2018 Charles Center-funded travel/research/internship in a country under a Travel Warning must be received by Nick Vasquez, International Travel and Security Manager, by 5:00 pm on April 15, 2018. See this page for details and plan to submit your petition prior to the February 28 Charles Center deadline.
  • All parts of the application are due by noon on Tuesday, February 28, 2018.
How to Apply
  • Please read the FAQs page before applying.
  • Discuss your project proposal idea with the faculty member who will write your recommendation letter. Make sure they know their letter is due by noon on February 28, the application deadline.
  • Access the online application by clicking this link
  • Create an account using your address
  • Select Charles Center Summer Research as the program for which you are applying
  • Fill out the application form and upload the required documents (project proposal, essay, transcript)
  • Register your recommender. Your recommender will submit your letter through the online system. Once you have registered your recommender, they 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). You will be able to log into the system and see if the letter has been submitted. Note: You may submit your application before your letter has been uploaded. Visit the FAQs page for more information on recommendation letters.
  • Submit your application by noon on February 28, 2018. 

Please read through the FAQs page for further information on the Charles Center Summer Research Funding Application, including who to contact for help preparing your application and the process of applying.

Application Materials

Project Proposal
The project proposal can be uploaded (as a Word document or PDF) or typed directly into the online application. This proposal should be no more than 3 double-spaced pages and should address the following:

  • What is the question you are hoping to answer with your research?
  • What coursework or other experience have you had that is relevant to this proposal?
  • Discuss your methodology in detail: How will you carry out your work? What sources will you use?
  • What support do you have for the project? Where are your sources and how will you access them? (lab space, access to collections/archives, etc.)
  • What will be the outcome of your research (article, play, website, etc.)?
  • Why is this work exciting or unique?
  • How will this research help further your own academic/intellectual development?

Personal Statement
The personal statement can be uploaded (as a Word document or PDF) or typed directly into the online application. This statement should be no more than two double-spaced pages. The personal statement should reflect on your intellectual influences and examine what you hope to achieve both here and after graduation. What led you to develop an interest in your field of study and the proposed research topic? As you reflect on what to write, be sure to consider your favorite authors, scholars, teachers, or classes. Also consider what things you want to study, why you want to study them, and what you hope to learn about your area of interest. Finally, consider the contribution you want to make with your research to our knowledge and understanding of your field.

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.

Recommendation Letter
The recommendation letter must be from a W&M faculty member who is best able to attest to your suitability to undertake your proposed project. This would be someone who knows you and your work well. You should discuss your proposal with the faculty member before applying. 

Students who receive funding from the Charles Center will present their work in oral and poster presentations at the 2018 Showcase of Summer Research (SRS).

General summer research awards are funded by the following:
  • Frank Batten, W. Edward Bright '78, Harvey Chappell, the estate of Helen Y. Cohen, Gale and Steve Kohlhagen '69, Suzanne Louis '71, the estate of Dewey Renick, Richard '52 and Nancy Sayford, W&M Class of 1943, W&M Class of 1968, and the W&M Parents' Association