Summer Research Fellowship in Environmental Science & Policy

The Environmental Science & Policy Program invites applications for two Summer Research Fellowships to support eight weeks of full-time research on environmental topics. The awards include a $3,500 student stipend, up to $500 in research supplies, and $1000 in funds available for the research advisor. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2018.

Applications and letters of recommendation should be submitted directly to Professor [[jmkaste, Jim Kaste]] via email.


  1. Applicant must be a declared major or minor in the Environmental Science & Policy Program
  2. The project must be advised by an ENSP faculty member
  3. Applicant must be a student in good academic standing
  4. Applicant must be a continuing student (i.e., not a graduating senior)


  1. Recipients of summer research funding will blog about their research experience during the summer on the Charles Center Summer Research blog. 
  2. Recipients will present their research at the Charles Center's Annual Summer Research Showcase in the fall 2018 semester.
  3. Recipients will write a brief "news story" overviewing their research experience and findings will be posted on the ENSP website to inform our faculty, students, and alumni about student-faculty research collaboration at William & Mary.

What is needed to apply

1. Project proposal: The project proposal may be submitted as a Word or .pdf document. 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 resources and how will you access them? (lab space, access to collections / archives, etc.)
  • What will be the outcome of your research (article, website, scholarly paper, etc.)?
  • Why is this work exciting or unique?
  • How will this research help further your own academic / intellectual development?

This proposal should also include a budget detailing the amount of research funds you require how such funds will be used. 

2. Personal statement: The personal statement may be submitted as a Word of .pdf document. 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, 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.

3. Transcript: Submit an unofficial, W&M Banner transcript, including spring 2018 registration. You may copy from Banner and paste into a Word document, but please make sure to capture all course titles and grades AND delete excess white space. If you studied abroad or competed other off campus academic work, please submit those transcripts, too.

4. Letter of recommendation and support from a faculty project advisor: This summer research project must be advised by an ENSP faculty member. The faculty member must write a letter of support indicating that they wil advise the project and attesting to your suitability to undertake your proposed project. This letter would be written by someone who knows you and your work well. You should discuss your proposal with the faculty member before applying.

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 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 successful completion of an online training module by both you and your advisor - do not begin it the day of the deadline! Your IRB protocol should be exempted by the February 28 application deadline. If it is not, explain where you are in the process in your proposal.

If you plan to travel internationally 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  here.

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. See this page for details and plan to submit your petition prior to the scholarship deadline.