You'll be amazed at how many great funding opportunities you can find at Wellesley and beyond!

Through the ES Program, Career Education, and numerous off-campus programs you'll be able to find extensive resources to help fund a variety of academic and personal experiences. We're happy to help you navigate your way through the options available.

ES Funding

Other Wellesley Funding Sources

Off-Campus Funding Sources

ES Funding

Conference Support

The Environmental Studies Program encourages students to take part in conferences and other events related to their academic work in environmental studies.  To support such initiatives, the program will fund student registration fees for conferences up to $50.  There are several limits to this program:  students must take advantage of early registration discounts;  funding is limited to one conference per year;  support is limited to students majoring or minoring in Environmental Studies and first year students intending to major or minor in ES.  In some cases, the program may make exceptions to the above stipulations. Students should email Program Coordinator Jess Hunter ( and send her any relevant receipts and she will process the reimbursement.  

Academic Programming

ES prioritizes funding for activities with an academic component that are broadly applicable to the Wellesley community. We'd be happy to consider proposals that fall under this description. While we encourage students to participate in non-academic, personal-growth activities like service-learning projects and alternative spring breaks, we are unable to provide funding for these endeavors. Career Education (see below) has numerous funding options for non-academic types of experiences.

Thesis & Independent Study Support

Students undertaking a thesis and/or 300-level independent study projects may apply to the Environmental Studies Program for funds up to $350 per semester. In order to receive funds, students must submit a detailed budget to the Program Director, who will bring it to the ES Advisory Faculty for approval. Once approved, students should submit receipts to the ES Program Coordinator for reimbursement. Visit our honors website for detailed guidelines and thesis information.

Opportunity Fund

The Environmental Studies Opportunity Fund supports students pushing Environmental Studies -- or their own work -- in new directions. Aware of the historical lack of diversity in environmental fields and the common (mis)perception that environmental issues are high priorities only for affluent socioeconomic groups, we are committed to nurturing innovative and inclusive approaches to understanding and advancing environmental sustainability. We also want to support work that expands an individual’s opportunity to study environmental issues in novel or important ways, regardless of what those ways are.
The Opportunity Fund will be open to all students at Wellesley College, irrespective of major. Students may apply for up to $500 each, with the recognition that projects that ask for smaller amounts are more likely to be funded. Projects will be evaluated in part based on the extent to which they represent a truly new opportunity. We encourage students to propose projects that may fall outside of the standard academic approaches to studying or protecting the environment, and for which nominal amounts of funding can help a project to succeed. Some possible examples of the use of funds include (but are not limited to): supplies / equipment, travel, analysis / professional services fees, printing / publishing costs.
We encourage you to take risks to expand your own thinking about what it means to engage in studies, outreach, and activism related to the broader field of Environmental Studies.
Application deadlines
For 2016-2017, there are two opportunities to apply:
15 November 2016​ (for winter session and spring ‘17 semester)
15 April 2017​ (for summer and fall ‘17 semester)
Students should complete the application form and submit their project description/budget by 11:59pm​ on either due date. (See below for specific instructions.)
Application requirements
The application consists of two parts:
1) Project Description and Budget
Project Description:​ Describe your project in detail, making sure to answer the question(s):
How does this create an opportunity for you to explore a new area in ES and/or how does this project expand the scope of ES? Your project may do one or both of these.
Project Budget (must not exceed $500):​ Please provide an outline and brief justification of proposed expenditures.
The Project Description and Budget should be prepared as a single document (doc or pdf) not to exceed 3 pages, and should be submitted to e​​.
2) Online Application Form
In addition to submitting the project description and budget, applications must fill out the application form to provide the following information:
  • All applicants must have met with an ES Advisory Faculty member who will serve as an advisor/mentor to the project if awarded. Please refer to the list of advisory faculty at the ES Program website.
  • Is your project related to a course or independent study project? If so, please indicate what course.
  • Recipients of this award will also be expected to share the results of their grant with the college community in one of the following ways:
    • Giving a Tanner or Ruhlman Conference presentation
    • Creating a written (or otherwise submitted creative) work as part of a course or independent study project
    • Another mechanism agreed to by the student and advisor
  • Please provide contact info for three references (at least one of whom is at Wellesley). No reference letters required.
Please contact Alden Griffith ( with any questions. complete the Application by NOON on February 1st (for Spring '16 Semester) and April 15th (for Summer and Fall '16 Semester). ​

Other Wellesley Funding Sources

Career Education

Information on Career Education funding resources was collected form the Career Education website. Please visit this site for up-to-date funding information, deadlines, requirements and detailed application procedures.

Career Education Internships

"Wellesley Serves" Grants

About: Designed to foster the "spirit of volunteerism", this grant supports full-time student opportunities over the summer at nonprofit organizations that address a social or economic need. Priority will be given to students applying to fund internships in the United States.
Eligibility: Current Wellesley College first-years, juniors, and seniors
Award: $3,500 for domestic internships and $5,000 for international internships
Deadline: Early March

The Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service Learning

About: "Designed for students with a commitment to service, the Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service Learning challenges students to explore and participate in social change in the Greater Boston Area."
Eligibility: Current Wellesley College sophomores
Award: $3,500 ($1,000 will be subtracted to cover housing cost)
Housing: This internship includes housing
Deadline: Early March

Global Engagement Internships and Advanced Projects

About: Funded internships at locations in the US and around the world, with a wide variety of organizations by Career Education.
Eligibility: Current Wellesley College sophomores, and juniors only
Award: $3,500 for domestic internships and $5,000 for international internships
Deadline: Early January

Global Engagement Grants (Summer Internship Stipends)

About: Support for students as they seek out and develop internships on their own in the US and around the world
Eligibility: Current Wellesley College juniors
Award: $3,500 for domestic internships and $5,000 for international internships
Deadline: November

Wintersession in Vieques

During this three-week Wintersession internship, the student will work for the Vieques Conservation & Historical Trust (VCHT) to help promote and carry out its mission to develop a community actively involved in the protection of the environment. The Island of Vieques is home to one of the most abundant bioluminescent bays in the world as well as a local community actively involved in the preservation and management of its natural and cultural resources. The VCHT operates several educational and research programs that benefit the Vieques community, including programs to educate children and young people about the importance of natural resources.
Deadline: Early March

Women in Government Grants

Through the generosity of the Class of 1962 and the O’Meara family, students may apply for funding to support work with a female elected official at the local, state, or national level. The student must be working directly with a woman involved in any aspect of state or local government in the United States. The grant enables the student to take an unpaid internship and learn more about state or local government and the important role that women play in the governmental process. Students may not use the funding for work on election campaigns.
Eligibility: Current Wellesley College sophomores, and juniors only
Award: $3,500 to cover travel and living expenses
Deadline: Early March

  Career Education Community Service and Engagement Grants

Beha Community Engagement Grant

About: "Beha Community Engagement Grant provides funding to support short-term, civic-engagement, student projects" with a "preference given for projects relating to art and architecture."
Eligibility: All full-time students and Davis Scholars
Award: up to $300 for individuals and up to $600 for groups
Deadline: Early March, Early April

Katharine Timberman Wright Awards

About: "The Katharine Timberman Wright Awards recognize creative responses by a group of Wellesley students to perceived social needs, both on and off the Wellesley Campus. Funds have provided support for literacy projects, a public service corps and outreach summer programs to children at risk" and are for "second semester projects that involve ten (10) or more students."
Eligibility: All full-time students and Davis Scholars
Award: up to $750 depending on the design of the project and amount requested on the proposal.
Deadline: Early December

The Federal Work Study/Community Service Program

About: This program "allows students receiving federal work-study funds to work in an area not-for-profit organization. This program allows students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience while earning their work study funds."
Eligibility: Students who have been awarded Federal work study may use this funding to be paid at off-campus jobs requiring Federal Work-Study participation
Award: All Federal Work Study/Community Service Program placements are paid $9.00 per hour and students average 10-12 hours of work per week.
Deadline: See federal work study guidelines

CWS Travel Grants

About: These grants are for students who "want to take part in a community service project and need funding for travel expenses (i.e. plane tickets, subway passes, etc)," or if students "want to take part in an alternative spring break service project and need assistance in paying for your own room and board."
Eligibility: All full-time students and Davis Scholars. Students are only eligible to receive one grant during their time at Wellesley.
Award: Up to $750 per student
Deadline: Differs for each semester and wintersession. Visit the website for limitations and exclusions.

CWS “Quick Fix” Grants

About: "Community Service Quick-Fix Grants provide small amounts of funding to support short-term student projects that could not be anticipated far enough in advance to be covered by SOFC funding or the Katharine Timberman Wright Awards."
Eligibility: All full time students and Davis Scholars
Award: Up to $300 dollars for individuals and up to $600 for a group
Deadline: Monthly Deadlines (noon on the 15th of each month)

Wellesley's Response Grant Program

About: These grants "enable students, faculty, and staff seeking seed money to hold a fundraiser or otherwise engage in crisis response efforts to apply for funding through our "Quick Fix" program."
Eligibility: All full time students and Davis Scholars
Award: Up to $300 dollars for individuals and up to $600 for a group
Deadline: N/A, designate Quick Fix application as "Wellesley Response"


Social Science Summer Research Program

Students should contact faculty directly to consult about the research position they are interested in exploring, based on the list of projects available. Students will attend workshops on public speaking, ethics, bibliographic tools, and visual design, and present their research to the other students and faculty advisors at a seminar series. Students will also present the results of their research at the all-campus summer research poster session during the first week of August.
Eligibility: All full time students and Davis Scholars
Award: $4600 ($3100 stipend, $1500 housing/commuting supplement)
Deadline: Late February

Science Center Summer Research Awards

Students interested in conducting scientific research this summer should visit the list of projects available and consult with faculty to make sure it's the right project for you. In addition to the project you'll be researching, the program also involves attending seminars by faculty and outside speakers, giving presentations of your own research to their peers and faculty, discussing graduate school with a panel of current graduate students, participating in field trips, discussing career options with a panel of professionals who majored in science as undergraduates and who now work in non-academic, non-medical science-related fields. Students will present the results of their research at the all-campus summer research poster session during the first week in August.
Eligibility: All full time students and Davis Scholars
Award: $4600 ($3100 stipend, $1500 housing/commuting supplement)
Deadline: Early March
Application found on the Science Center website

Science Center Student Travel to Conferences or Research

The purpose of this program is to support student-faculty collaboration and student research. Students who are traveling to scientific meetings and presenting their work as posters or talks (as first or second authors) are eligible to apply.
Eligibility: All full time students and Davis Scholars
Award: Total awards will normally not exceed $750/student in any year or $500/student from any one source
Deadline: Students should apply in advance of attending the conference for which support is being requested. There are three application deadlines each year in September, January and April.
Application found on the Science Center website

Albright Institute for Global Affairs

The Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs will foster appreciation for the forces of globalization, the complexities of leadership, and the importance of citizenship. The program will combine the intellectual resources of faculty from Wellesley College, researchers from the Wellesley Centers for Women, and leading alumnae and practitioners in the fields of international relations and public policy. This intensive, three-week non-credit course will culminate with lectures and informal conversation with the Institute’s Distinguished Visiting Professor. The Institute will take place annually during Wintersession. Deepening a student’s curricular experience with the significant learning that can take place off campus, Albright Fellows will pursue college-funded internships during the summer following their participation in the Institute Wintersession program.
Eligibility: Open to Wellesley College juniors and seniors, with priority given to juniors
Award: Funding for summer internships provided
Deadline: Late March
Application found on the Albright Institute website

Wellesley in Washington

This summer internship program provides an opportunity for students with a wide variety of interests to be placed in venues in Washington D.C. that provide fascinating opportunities for them to advance academic and career goals. Interns experience hands-on work opportunities to advance intellectual and career aims through quite demanding placements in government offices, political and public interest groups, media organizations, and research and cultural institutions.
Eligibility: Open to Wellesley College juniors and Davis Scholars
Award: $3000 stipend plus housing costs (usually $3000 per student)
Deadline: October
Application found on the Political Science Department's website

Botanic Gardens environmental horticulture & sustainable agriculture internships

The Wellesley College Botanic Gardens and the Wellesley Center for the Environment
offers an internship program that includes opportunities at the student farm, the botanic
gardens, and an Italian Renaissance food garden on campus. Interns each have a
primary responsibility in one of these areas, but also work together on projects in each area. The internships involve a lot of outdoor work in often hot, muggy conditions – pulling weeds, mulching, watering, etc. – as well as workshops on such topics as composting and pruning, and periodic farmers markets. They also hire a summer farm leader – someone who has experience working on a farm and is involved with Regeneration; this intern has a higher salary, depending on experience and added responsibility.

Eligibility: Open to all Wellesley College Students
Award: $225/week, $150/week for college housing for 10 or more weeks
Deadline: Late March
Application found on the Botanic Gardens website. Contact Kristina Jones for more information.

The Class of 1957 Green Fund

The Class of 1957 Fund was established by the Class of 1957 to provide funding for initiatives designed to enhance sustainable practices at Wellesley, to reduce Wellesley's environmental impact, and to raise awareness about environmental issues on campus. Anyone can apply for a grant if they have an idea for a sustainable initiative.

Off-Campus Funding Sources

see scholarships/fellows page