W&M Honors Fellowship

William & Mary Honors Fellowships support students conducting research for department Honors projects. Students may receive up to $6,000 through the William and Mary Honors Fellowship program. This funding package includes a $4,000 summer grant to enable the student to conduct 10 full-time weeks of pre-Honors research; up to $1,000 for the student to draw on for project-related expenses; and $1,000 for the student's faculty supervisor to support their research. 

The Honors Fellowship Website

The Honors Fellowship website allows multiple donors to fund one or more student projects. Honors Fellowships Program give donors a unique opportunity to fund the specific projects that interest them. For that reason, we want our website to give donors both information about your projects and academic preparation, and a real feel for why you are passionate about your research. The site will feature videos and still pictures that will give donors this personalized appreciation of the research projects and, most important, the students behind the research projects. Click here to read about the 2016-2017 Honors Fellows.

 All of the 2017 W&M Honors Fellowship applicants whose materials are submitted by the deadline will appear on the GiveCampus donor website


All students who have been approved to conduct Department Honors in the 2017-2018 academic year are eligible to apply for WM Honors Fellowships. Please see the Guidelines and Planning page for Arts & Sciences eligibility rules and check with your Honors advisor, department chair or program director for department- or program-specific rules. 

Application Materials

Honors Fellowship Application Form
Use your email.wm.edu to create an account on the Embark application platform. Select "Charles Center Summer Research Funding" from the drop down menu and check the box indicating that you're applying for an Honors Fellowship. All applications successfully submitted will be reviewed by faculty committees for $3,000 Charles Center awards. Honors Fellowship applicants selected for $3,000 awards must raise the remaining $3,000 for the full Honors Fellowship through the Honors Fellowship website.

Project Proposal
The project proposal may uploaded (as a .pdf or Word document) or typed directly onto the online application. It should be no longer than 3 double-spaced pages and should include / address the following:

  • The first paragraph of your proposal should be a concise abstract of your Honors research.
  • Describe the coursework or research you have done already that will be relevant to this proposal.
  • Describe in detail the goals you hope to achieve in your ten weeks of summer research and the methodology you will use to achieve these goals. This should be the longest section of your proposal. 
  • Explain what your research will contribute to the field, and why this work is exciting or unique.
  • Describe how this research fits into your longterm goals (academic, professional, personal, etc.).

Personal Statement
The personal statement may uploaded (as a .pdf or Word document) or typed directly onto the online application. It should be no longer than 2 double-spaced pages. In this essay, you should reflect on the factors that have influenced your intellectual development and your goals both before and beyond graduation from William & Mary. Don't repeat what you've written in the project proposal.

Request an unofficial transcript from the Registar and upload it to the application. The request will take 3-5 days to process.

One Recommendation Letter
The recommendation letter must be from a William & Mary faculty member who is familiar with your academic career and your potential for success in writing an Honors thesis. If possible, they should also be familiar with your proposed topic. The recommender may be your Honors project advisor but this is not required. Be sure to discuss your proposal in depth with your recommender before registering them online.

Application for Admission to Honors Study
Your Honors project must first be approved by your Honors advisor and the head of the appropriate department / program. When you submit the online Application for Admission to Honors Study, you will receive a confirmation email with the filled pdf attached (make sure to check spam folder for the .pdf copy). Print a copy of the .pdf and fill in your GPA information and Banner ID by hand. The form requires signatures from you, your Honors project advisor, and the department Chair or program Director. Once the form is signed, submit the hard copy to Jabria Craft in the Charles Center (Blow Memorial Hall Suite 254).

Videos and Photos
To be included on the Honors Fellowship site, you must sign up for a time to film your video no later than 12 p.m. on Monday, February 27. Video times are assigned on a  first-come, first-served basis, so applicants are advised to sign up as soon as possible. Videos will be shot on Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, March 1 in Blow 201. Be sure to read through the Applicant Video Instructions prior to your appointment. Students studying abroad should read and follow the instructions in the Honors Fellowship applicant video instructions for students abroad

All applicants must email three photos related to their Honors project to liz@theAVAdventure.com by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 27. The file names must be 'lastname, first name, 1; last name, first name, 2; last name, first name, 3." For example, 'Smith, John 1'  These photos will be included in the final 30-second video.

Additional Considerations

Student Institutional Review Board
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 at the time of application UNLESS your research falls under your faculty advisor's exemption. Ask your project advisor for clarification before you begin the IRB process. Note that the IRB process takes a significant amount of time and requires an online training module that must be completed by both you and your research advisor. Your protocol must be exempted by the application deadline of February 28, 2017 and you must note the exemption details in your proposal's methodology section.

Travel Insurance and Travel Warning Policy
If you plan to travel abroad for your research, the College requires that you 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.

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 2017 Charles Center-funded travel/research/internship in a country under a Travel Warning must be received by [[nsvasquez, Nick Vasquez]], International Travel and Security Manager, by 5:00 pm on April 15, 2017. See this page for details and plan to submit your petition by the February 28 Charles Center deadline.

  • All parts of the online application are due by noon on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Note that It is possible for an Honors Fellowship candidate to end up with something less than the full $6,000 grant. In these cases the Charles Center will work with individual students to identify the most productive uses for the available funding for activities related to the honors project.