Internal Funding Opportunities for Students

Students at Connecticut College shape and enrich their educational journeys in many ways. Our Connections curriculum asks students to integrate their interests, off-campus learning and academic goals into meaningful pathways that will lead to fulfilling careers. By the time they graduate, all of our students are strongly encouraged to engage with the world outside of campus—this might mean in the local New London community, during a semester studying away or through an internship in the United States or abroad.

Wherever our students plan to engage with the world, Connecticut College strives to eliminate barriers to access. In addition to the internal funding sources listed below, students are encouraged to speak with their advisers and with department heads about other potential sources of funding for research and study. 

For information about other external fellowship opportunities contact fellowships@conncoll.edu or come to the Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement (Blaustein)   

Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement

Area of Focus: International study and research, language study, international internships

Global Scholars Fund: Need-based fund to help students defray the hidden costs associated with study away and international internships. Open to all matriculated students with demonstrated financial need.Awards in three categories: (1) up to $500 to help cover loss of income from student employment and/or work study during a study away semester; (2) up to $1000 travel grants toward the cost of round trip international airfare and visas; (3) up to $1000 to supplement the College's summer internship grants (towards international airfare and visas).

Deadline: October/March 
Contact: Lauren O'Leary, global@conncoll.edu


The Robert E. Proctor Scholarship for Summer Language Study: The Robert E. Proctor Scholarship for Summer Language Study is funded by the Center for International Studies in the Liberal Arts (CISLA) and the Global Learning Lab. The Scholarship provides financial support to Connecticut College students to advance their language skills in a formal program of study lasting four weeks of longer, either in the U.S. or abroad. Connecticut College freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply. Awards may vary in amount and will typically range from $500-$2000. Applicants are expected to apply to at least one language program and other sources of support (such as grants, merit awards, and financial aid) by the application deadline. 

Deadline: First Friday after March break
Contact: Laura Little, llittle@conncoll.edu 


 The Chu-Kuo Fellowship for Chinese Language Study: Honoring the legacies of Charles Chu, Professor of Chinese Emeritus, and Henry T.K. Kuo, Professor of Chinese Emeritus. Awards $5,000 for one student per year to study Chinese language during summer or winter break. 

Deadline: First Friday after March break
Contact: Lauren O'Leary, global@conncoll.edu 


Language Intensive Internship Grant: The Walter Commons is currently administering the final year of a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support students who wish to pursue language-intensive internships. Students can receive up to $1,500 to supplement their Career funding for domestic or international  language-intensive internships. The goal of the program is to encourage students to utilize language skills in a professional setting. 

Deadline: Mid April
Contact: Jessica Blakeborough, global@conncoll.edu 


Brad '91 and Lisa Freer International Internship Fund: Support in the form of supplemental stipends for students who are awarded international internships.

Deadline: First Friday after March break
Contact: Lauren O'Leary, global@conncoll.edu 


Craig '84 and Bente '86 Starble International Scholarship: Support in the form of supplemental stipends for students who are awarded international internships.

Deadline: First Friday after March break
Contact: Lauren O'Leary, global@conncoll.edu


Stephen and Pamela Rearden '67 International Travel FellowshipSupport of up to $3,000 for summer independent research or study at a foreign archive or museum, attendance at a conference or seminar abroad, or similar academically-related endeavor in a foreign country. Preference is given to students who have not traveled abroad. Open to first-years, sophomores, juniors and RTC students. 

Deadline: First Friday after March break
Contact: Shirley Parson, sapar@conncoll.edu 


Margaret King Moore '54 & Thomas R. Moore Yale '54 Endowed Travel Fellowship Fund: Awards of up to $2,500 in support of summer research with first preference in France; if a suitable candidate cannot be found, research in Great Britain will be considered. Open to first-years, sophomores, juniors and RTC students.

Deadline: First Friday after March break
Contact: Shirley Parson, sapar@conncoll.edu 

Dean of the College Division

Area of Focus: Research, travel for conferences, Connections-related projects

Student Travel Grants: Funds up to $200 for student presentations at regional, national, or student conferences. 

Deadline: Rolling
Contact: Marina Melendez, Associate Dean of the College, Dean of Juniors, Seniors and Transfers, mmelende@conncoll.edu or x2054


Davis 100 Projects for Peace: Students nominated for this national award must apply through the Office of the Dean of the College. Open to all class years, the award funds up to $10,000 for student-designed and led grassroots projects promoting peace and/or addressing the root causes of conflict—anywhere in the world. Students should meet with the Dean of the College to discuss their project proposal by the end of fall semester. Website: http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org   

Deadline: Early December 
Contact: Pamela Wrinn, pwrinn@conncoll.edu  


ConnSSHARP: $3,000 stipend for five students in their sophomore or junior year to conduct student-faculty summer research in the Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. Students must work with faculty to develop a proposal. The research is to be conducted over an eight-week period and on-campus housing is included in the award. The fellowship must be followed by one of the following: a conference paper, co-author on a ?journal article, at least one course related to the summer research (individual or honors study) in the year following the award. Minimum GPA of 3.0

Deadline: March
Contact: Pamela Wrinn, pwrinn@conncoll.edu 


Minor Myers Jr Research Fellowship: Up to $5,000 for one student in their sophomore or junior year to conduct summer research—anywhere in the world—on a topic that reflects a student's passion and desire to learn outside of the traditional classroom experience.

Deadline: Early December 
Contact: Pamela Wrinn, pwrinn@conncoll.edu


Funded Sophomore Summer Research Program for Students in Pathways and Centers: Provides a $3,000 scholarship for Pathway or Center students to conduct 300 hours of research during the summer following their sophomore year. Research must be related to the student's animating question, project or research in their Pathway or Center.   The student may complete the research on or off campus. If students choose to conduct the research on campus, housing will be covered in addition to the $3000 stipend, but not food. Students will make a presentation to the community in the fall semester following the award.

Deadline:  Mid April
Contact: Libby Friedman, Assistant Dean of the College for Connections,  eofri@conncoll.edu  

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The Summer Civic Leaders Scholarship Program: Provides a $2,000 scholarships to five students to support remote work in support of civic organizations in New London, CT. The purpose of this program is to develop sustained civic engagement and partnership in the New London community. Students will work with the Holleran Center for Community Action partnership organizations or may propose to work with other New London organizations with whom they have pre-existing work relationships.

Deadline:  Mid May
Contact: Libby Friedman, Assistant Dean of the College for Connections,  eofri@conncoll.edu  

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Hale Center for Career Development
Area of Focus: Career development, internships

Career Action Program Fund: Up to $3,000 available to students who meet the requirements of the Hale Center for Career Development's Career Action Program. Designed to give all students the opportunity to pursue summer internships or other career and professional development opportunities.  These funds may be used to finance travel and housing for international internships.

Deadline: May 15
Contact: Kevin Finefrock, kcfin@conncoll.edu 


 Named Internship Funding Opportunities: The Hale Center for Career Development also manages several special funds providing small grants of variable amounts that are available to students who meet specific criteria:

    • The Lynda Mauriello Franklin ‘68 Internship - available to support internships in any field.  Named in honor of Lynda Mauriello Franklin ‘68 (1946-2002), a lifelong educator and philanthropist who graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in English literature. Contact: kcfin@conncoll.edu 
    • The Melissa Vail and Norman Selby Endowed Internship Fund - available to support internships in any field.  Named after Melissa Vail and Norman Selby P’08.Contact: kcfin@conncoll.edu 
    • The Barbara Blaustein Hirschhorn ‘50 Summer Internship Fund - available to support rising seniors who arrange compelling internships in any field and demonstrate financial need.  Named in honor of Barbara Blaustein Hirschhorn ‘50 (1928-2017), a journalist, community volunteer, philanthropist, and former trustee. Contact: kcfin@conncoll.edu 
    • The Margery F. Masinter Endowed Internship Fund - available to students enrolled and in good standing at the College who participate in 1) museum internships and 2) internships in visual, theater or media arts programs.  Each internship must be directly related to curricular or other academic offerings of the college in which the student is enrolled or engaged. Named after Margery Flocks Masinter '62 P'88.Contact: kcfin@conncoll.edu 
    • The Charles and Ruth Polan Internship Fund - available to support internships in the area of healthcare provision or policy including a research laboratory, medical school, hospital, office providing healthcare, or a public school of health.  Named after Dr. Charles Morton Polan (1911-1991) and his wife Ruth Harsham Polan (1916-2006), both of whom were heavily involved in the health professions. Contact: kcfin@conncoll.edu 
    • The Ruth Polan Internship - available to support internships that are interdisciplinary in nature and focus on biological, physical or mathematical sciences.  Named in honor of Ruth Harsham Polan (1916-2006). Contact: kcfin@conncoll.edu
    • Brad '91 and Lisa Freer International Internship Fund: 
      Support in the form of supplemental stipends for students who are awarded international internships. Deadline: First Friday after March break. Contact: Lauren O'Leary, global@conncoll.edu 
    • Craig '84 and Bente '86 Starble International Scholarship: Support in the form of supplemental stipends for students who are awarded international internships. Deadline: First Friday after March break. Contact: Lauren O'Leary, global@conncoll.edu
    • Stephen and Pamela Rearden '67 International Travel FellowshipSupport of up to $3,000 for summer independent research or study at a foreign archive or museum, attendance at a conference or seminar abroad, or similar academically-related endeavor in a foreign country. Preference is given to students who have not traveled abroad. Open to first-years, sophomores, juniors and RTC students. Deadline: First Friday after March break. Contact: Shirley Parson, sapar@conncoll.edu 
    • Margaret King Moore '54 & Thomas R. Moore Yale '54 Endowed Travel Fellowship Fund: Awards of up to $2,500 in support of summer research with first preference in France; if a suitable candidate cannot be found, research in Great Britain will be considered. Open to first-years, sophomores, juniors and RTC students. Deadline: First Friday after March break. Contact: Shirley Parson, sapar@conncoll.edu 

          The Holleran Center for Community Action

          Area of Focus: Community engagement, public policy, social change

          Student Community Engagement Grant: The Holleran Center Student Community Engagement Grant provides funding to empower students to address important social challenges through meaningful, mutually-beneficial, and sustainable projects developed in partnership with community members. Eligible individuals may seek funding for original projects or for learning and training opportunities.The Holleran Center requests proposals from students and student groups who are creatively pursuing social impact on campus and in the broader community. Funding for “global” projects can either support international work or efforts on campus to raise awareness about a global issue. The Holleran Center will fund selected projects up to $500 during the academic year.  Applicants must meet with a Holleran Center staff member by the end of October to discuss their proposal idea.

          Deadline: Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis until November 30. 
          Contact:Holleran Center, holleran@conncoll.edu 


          The Newman Civic FellowshipThe Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are changemakers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. Selected fellows convene in Boston annually for a national civic leadership convention. In addition to representing Connecticut College at this national conference, Newman Civic Fellows participate in a one-year experience during which they have access to a variety of virtual and in-person learning opportunities, networking events and mentoring focused on developing the skills needed to serve as effective agents of change in addressing public problems and in building equitable communities. Newman Fellow finalists will be submitted to President Bergeron who will make the final selection of the Connecticut College Newman Fellow nominee. 

          Nominees should:  

          • have at least one year of their undergraduate education on campus remaining
          • engage in collaborative action with others from campus or from surrounding communities in order to create long-term social change
          • take action in addressing issues of inequality and political polarization
          • demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement

          Deadline: November 30. 
          Contact: Kimberly Sanchez, ksanche1@conncoll.edu  

          The Center for the Critical Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE)

          Area of Focus: Community engagement, social difference
          CCSRE Annual Call for Proposals: The Center for the Critical Study of Race and Ethnicity announces its 2019-2020 CCSRE Call for Proposals for competitive grants, open to all faculty, staff and students. These grants are made available to support research, programming, the arts, and/or community engagement projects related to the study of race, ethnicity and social difference. Priority will be given to proposals that reflect this year's CCSRE theme: "Social Difference and Power."

          Deadline: Early October
          Contact: Laura Todorov, ltodorov@conncoll.edu 

          SGA & Office of Sustainability

          Area of Focus: Community engagement, sustainability, campus community
          Sustainable Projects Fund: Supports student led initiatives that support or enhance sustainability. Proposals should consider how the project will imporve social equity, environmental stewardship and economic wellbeing and should demonstrate an understanding of how these are conneted with regards to the project.

          Deadline: Rolling
          Contact: Student Government Association (SGA), sga@conncoll.edu 

          Student Activities Council (SAC) Co-Sponsorship Fund: supports student-led initiatives that aim to enhance and diversify the student social experience. All student proposals must be submitted through ConnQuest

          Deadline: Rolling
          Contact: Student Government Association (SGA), sga@conncoll.edu 

          Departmental Funding Opportunities

          German Department: The John S. King Scholarship honors the memory of Professor of German, John King and provides funds for early German language learners to study German culture, society and language through summer study in a German-speaking country.  Primarily intended for first years and sophomores who intend to major or minor in German. In some cases, juniors may be eligible. 

          Deadline: March
          Contact: Sharon Bulter, sbutler3@conncoll.edu 

          Jewish Studies: The Leah S. Rubin '32 Endowed Travel & Research Fund for Judaic Studies: Support of up to $1,500 per semester to any student receiving financial aid in support of travel and research projects related to Jews or Judaism. Eligibility for funding is not limited to those pursuing Jewish Studies at the College. 

          Deadline: Rolling
          Contact: Professor Sharon Portnoff, sportnof@conncoll.edu