Summer Opportunities at Williams

Summer Opportunities At or Through Williams College

UPDATED:  February 2021

Note that some departments have not finalized summer 2021 plans as of this date.  Interested students should contact the department directly.  Some programs or fellowships may be revised to accommodate remote participation if in-person participation or travel is not safe. The information listed below is for reference only.

Asian Studies

Linen Summer Grants for Study in Asia

  • Grants for thesis-related research, independent research, and intensive language training programs at intermediate or advanced levels in South, Southeast, and East Asia.
  • Open to all undergraduates.
  • Interested students should self-enroll in the GLOW course “Asian Studies Funding Opportunities” at


The Tompkins Award for Excellence in Japanese:

  • An award for attending a seminar or a conference, or for doing independent research in Japan.
  • Given to one third-year or above Japanese language student.
  • All advanced Japanese language students are automatically considered.




Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium (KNAC): REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) summer research program

  • Research under a KNAC faculty for 10 weeks with a stipend of approximately $4,000
  • Students must work at another institution for this program, and are not allowed to stay at Williams.
  • Applications open in December, due early February
  • Contact Astronomy Department for more information

  • Doing research with a professor here on campus or at another site, funded by the Safford Fund, the NASA Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium, the Science Center, or otherwise. Descriptions of possible projects are circulated in January; contact department. A stipend is paid and housing is provided at the same level as the other science departments at Williams



Working as a research assistant of a Williams faculty for up to 10 weeks

  • Open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Information on research opportunities available in January

Summer research at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, MA

  • Open to rising juniors
  • Applications due in February


Summer research positions at other institutions (MIT, NIH, Princeton, University of Washington, Harvard University, etc.)

For more information:


’68 Center for Career Exploration Center 

Alumni Sponsored Internships

  • Funds internships with stipends of $3,800 for an eight to ten week internship.
  • Open to current Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors, deadlines in February and April.
  • Must attend a summer starter workshop at the Career Center



  • Lansing Fellowship Can support undergraduate study during the summer in the US or abroad. April 1st  Contact the chair of the Classics Department.


CES (Center for Environmental Studies)

CES provides funding ($400/week) for up to 10 week internships or research endeavors or creative projects. Open to rising sophomores, juniors, seniors of all majors.


CFLLC (Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures)

  • Friedberg Memorial Travel Fellowship
    Open to all Williams students planning to study at least one semester in any European country during the academic year. The grant is designed for students who demonstrate a strong interest in French Culture and who plan to carry out a well-conceived project in France, either prior, during or after their semester/year abroad.


CLiA (Center for Learning in Action)

  • Sentinels Summer Research Fellowship This U.S. public policy research program supports student research projects focused on contemporary issues in U.S. economic, environmental, or social policy. Sentinels Fellows are awarded research funding based primarily upon their written project proposal.
    • Open to rising Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors.
    • Deadline- April 10
    • Contact Paula Consolini ([email protected]), or other committee members for more information.


Computer Science

  • Work as a research assistant to Williams faculty
  • Stipend provided
  • Students are encouraged to speak to faculty directly

Summer 2021 funding TBD as of Feb 8, 2021


  • Work as a student research assistant for a Williams faculty for approximately 10 weeks, with a stipend of $4,400 provided. Information sent out in January or early February to all economics and political economy majors, and sophomores that have completed core economics courses.
  • Solow Research Fellowship. Funds research in economic or business history.  Application through the Economics Department, deadline is early April.


For more information, contact the Economics Department’s Research Director.


Fellowships Office

Summer Undergraduate Travel and Research Fellowships
Some travel restrictions may apply to 2021 projects

  • The Bostert, Lawrence, Millard, Wilmers, International Public Service, Roche and and Class of 1945 Student World Fellowships for independent summer study, travel, and research.
  • Open to all Sophomores and Juniors. Note Roche Research Grants are available to first-year students.
  • Wilmers Language Study Grant, open to First-Years, Sophomores and Juniors
  • Deadline in March
  • Application instructions can be found in the Fellowships GLOW course


Lauren Interess Fellowship

  • Fellowship of $2000 for a field or travel project related to earth sciences
  • Available for projects conducted in Winter Study, spring break, or summer
  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis.


Humanities and Social Science Research

Class of 1957 Summer Research Program

●      A program that provides full time summer research support to Division I and II faculty members. The goal of the program is to enhance student-faculty collaboration on faculty research projects.

●      Faculty members apply for this grant to employ current first-years, sophomores, and juniors. Please note that current seniors are ineligible for this program and that students should not plan to combine this full time opportunity with another campus job.

●      Provides a student stipend, for up to a maximum of ten weeks of full-time work. A minimum of eight weeks of full time work are required to be eligible for free summer housing.

●      Students are expected to spend their time at Williams working closely in person with faculty members, as one of the goals of this initiative is to foster a student summer research climate on campus.

Jewish Studies

  • Bronfman Summer Fellowship in Jewish Studies
    Funds summer project in the field of Jewish Studies. First-years, sophomores and juniors are eligible.  March 25 deadline.
  • Bronfman Hebrew/Yiddish Language Study Fellowship
    Funds summer language study up to $4000. First-years, sophomores and juniors are eligible.  March deadline


Leadership Studies

Summer Institute in American Foreign Policy
Program for 2021 is not yet scheduled

  • Participate in a 4-week program to study American foreign policy and grand strategy.
  • Program covers expenses, including room, board, course materials, and special events.
  • Students receive a $1,000.00 stipend.
  • Rolling admissions begin in January; applications accepted through mid-March.
  • Program open to rising Sophomores and Juniors and runs mid-June to mid-July.

Mathematics and Statistics Department

SMALL Undergraduate Research Project

  • Conduct research in mathematics and statistics under a Williams faculty.
  • A nine-week program (with a tenth week at home) with a stipend of approximately $4000 provided.
  • Applications usually due in early February


Research Funding opportunities through the Science Center. See Biology and Psychology headings for more information.



Office of Information Technology (OIT)

Williams Instructional Technology Summer Internship – TBD

  • Summer Technology Intern program at OIT.
  • Application deadline early March.




  • Doing research with a professor here on campus or at a National Lab. Descriptions of possible projects are circulated in January; contact department.  A stipend is paid and housing is provided at the same level as the other science departments at Williams.


  • The National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program provides funding for research opportunities at a wide range of research institutions in all fields of science; see


Summer Research Assistantship

●      Summer research assistant to a Williams faculty.

  • Contact professor(s) during Winter Study or early February


Public Health


Fielding Internship.  Application is through the Williams Career Center AND the Williams Office of Public Health


Clare Boothe Luce Scholars

Supports women in two summers of paid research who will major in astrophysics, computer science, geosciences, mathematics, statistics and/or physics.  Sophomores are eligible.  February deadline



Special Academic Programs

Kathryn W. Davis Projects for Peace Program

  • One or two nomination(s) for $10,000 grant(s) for student-designed and coordinated summer projects intended to “…promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties.”
  • Any student (including graduating seniors) is eligible to submit a proposal for consideration. Proposals must be submitted to: Clinton Williams, Director of Special Academic Programs [email protected]  January due date
  • More information about the Davis Projects for Peace program, including past recipients and application details:

Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA)

  • Paid summer internships; all current Williams undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. Please email Elizabeth Gallerani ([email protected]) for questions/interest.


Zilkha Center:

  • The Zilkha Center hires student interns to work during the academic year and during the summer on campus-focused sustainability projects.
  • School year interns are typically chosen at the start of the school year. But occasionally positions open up during the school year.
  • Summer interns are typically chosen in mid to late spring semester.
  • Information about summer internships is typically posted around February 1st.
  • for more info:



Williams Summer Theatre Lab

  • An seven-week program with opportunities to work with professional artists on a project or an original work/
  • Application through Department of Theatre, announced in January.



  • 7-week theatre training and artist-in-residency program
  • Masterclasses with professional artists, educators, and Williams College alumni
  • Collaborative workshops with visiting artists
  • Independent projects overseen by the STUDIO’62’s Artistic Program Director
  • Applications through the Theatre Department, announced in January/February