The Application Process

  • 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 and 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 28th, 2018

Please read through the FAQs page for further information on the Charles Center Summer Research Funding Application, including who to contact for help  in 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 Summer Research Showcase (SRS).