Additional Funding Opportunities

How to Apply


Funding applications for fall 2019 are now closed. Jan Plan funding applications will be available here in late September.


The application will only be live for a limited number of days and you will receive confirmation once it has been successfully submitted. Applicants will be considered for all DavisConnects’ fund opportunities that match their qualifications. Presidential Scholars and Bunche Scholars may apply for use of funds here.

The following funding opportunities will be hosted on our application platform. If you are eligible and wish to apply for them, you will be asked to answer additional questions. For more information, visit the specific fund webpage:

Ralph J. Bunche Scholars Program

Presidential Scholars
 
Center for the Arts and Humanities Research Grants

Center for the Arts and Humanities Internships

Compagna-Sennett Student Fellows in Religious Studies

Oak Institute for Human Rights Internships

Sandy Maisel Student Internship Grant

Sandy Maisel Student Research Grant

The Linde Packman Lab for Biosciences Innovation

The Jon Barry Grant for Library Research Outside of Colby for English Majors


Colby French Studies Department Scholarships and The Shareen Abbasy Fund for French and Francophone Studies


The Benjamin Ling Fellowship

The Cal Mackenzie Fellowship

Key Dates and Deadlines

For Jan Plan 2020

Application Opens: September 25, 2019 at 12:00 AM EST

Application Closes for Colby Faculty Led Courses: October 5, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST

Award Notifications for Colby Faculty Led Courses: October 11, 2019

Application Closes for all other opportunities: October 9, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST

Award Notifications for all other opportunities: October 18, 2019

Round 2 Funding Cycle (for Sandy Maisel Grants only)

Application Opens: November 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM EST

Application Closes: November 8, 2019 at 5:00 PM EST

All Post-Acceptance Requirements Due for Fund Disbursement: December 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM EST

Funding Questions

Email: dcfunding@colby.edu

Info Sessions

Starting September 10, 2019 in Grossman 210
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Wednesdays: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday, October 1, 2019: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Drop In Questions

Thursdays 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Prepare Your Funding Application

    Meet With Your DavisConnects Advisor

    We’re here to help you identify the optimal experience in the areas you’re interested in. Start by meeting with one of our industry expert advisors.

    Review Application Components and Important Considerations

    Before filling out your application online, make sure you’re aware of all application components and important considerations to consider as you apply. Click “Review Application” to the right to download PDF versions.

    Attend an Information Session or Drop-in Hours

    Learn more about the application process and have a chance to ask questions at various information sessions and drop-in hours hosted by Associate Director of Global Experiences, Scott Lamer.

    Perfect Your Funding Application

    Once you’ve drafted your application, meet with Associate Director of Global Experiences, Scott Lamer to answer any specific application questions and ensure a strong application.

Important considerations

  • Most funds cap awards at $3,000 but modest exceptions are limited to a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the funding committees.
  • It is very unlikely that you will be funded twice in one academic year but are highly encouraged to apply each year.
  • While all awards are competitive, many grant and fellowship funds are designated for needs-based students; in some cases, applicants must have a current academic year financial aid application at Colby to be eligible. Students who do not receive financial aid are required to fill out a financial need explanation essay question to make the case as to why they are requesting funds.
  • You should not tie your plans to winning these very competitive awards; it’s important for you to make alternative plans in the event you do not qualify or are not selected. Non-refundable deposits for airfare and housing should not be made before award notification unless you are willing to take that loss. There are rare case-by-case exceptions when award notifications are needed for the next funding cycle (i.e. deposits are due for spring experiences during the Jan Plan funding cycle). Please email the Associate Director of Global Experiences well in advance to state your case.
  • Fund awards are not meant to completely reimburse costs but to supplement expenses incurred during the experience (lodging, travel, meals, etc.). No part of the award serves as compensation for the experience even if you will be prevented from accepting paid work necessary for your livelihood. A case for lost wages may be made in the proposed budget and the Financial Need Assessment section. Funding committees may consider this on a compelling case-by-case basis.
  • You do not need to have secured a position to apply for funds administered by DavisConnects, but you will be required to provide proof from the organization before funds are released. You should complete your application based on a specific opportunity that is most likely to take place. If you are offered an award but your plans change, you will be eligible (and are required) to update and resubmit your application one time.
  • If you are granted funding from another source at Colby, you are required to notify the Associate Director of Global Experiences at DavisConnects. Each funding committee reserves the right to adjust awards for students who receive funding from other sources.
  • Applicants must be current Colby students and not on an involuntary leave of absence during the term in which the award will be used. Rare exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis if the leave is voluntary and temporary.
  • If plans change and you end up pursuing a different opportunity than that proposed in the application, you will need to resubmit the application with any updates. The funding committee reserves the right to change the award amount previously offered.
  • Many funds are not to be used to pay for tuition or fees from third party programs or courses offered by other college and universities. Funding committees may consider programs on a case-by-case basis. Awards are meant to help reimburse costs for internships, research positions, or Jan Plan courses led by Colby faculty.
  • Colby College does not allow travel to countries under U.S. State Dept. Travel Advisory Level 4 countries and discourages travel to countries and participation in programs under U.S. State Department Travel Advisory Level 3. Students wishing to travel to a country currently under U.S. State Department Travel Advisory Level 3 are required to submit a petition to the Travel Advisory Review Committee providing a complete description of and justification for their study/travel at a Travel Advisory Level 3 site. Please contact OCS for a copy of the Travel Advisory Petition guidelines by them at offcamp@colby.edu. If approved, the student and his/her parents will then be required to sign a second waiver as part of the application for approval process.

Application Components

All parts of the application must be completed based on one opportunity. If you have not yet secured a position, please complete this information based on the opportunity for which you have applied and hope to attain. You will be required to submit final proof of acceptance before your award funds will be disbursed.

Below are important questions to prepare answers to. They must be well-written and edited. Quality and ability to clearly articulate your experience and how/why it matters to your educational experience overall is important.

  1. If applicable, how will this experience significantly expand your awareness of or engagement with international topics? Please explain if you do not feel as though it is applicable. (150 Words Max)

  2. Please describe your role and contribution to the organization (or supervisor or as a member of the class). (350 Words Max)

  3. What are your learning objectives and how will you measure successful outcomes? (350 Words Max)

  4. How will this experience enhance your time at Colby? If you feel it is applicable, how will this experience contribute to your post-graduate plans? (350 Words Max)

  5. If you do not currently receive financial aid, please explain why you are seeking funding for this experience. If you receive financial aid, please feel free to further explain your level of need as funds are limited. (350 Words Max)

Please prepare the following in advance:

  1. Work with DavisConnects advisors to craft and revise your résumé. This is highly suggested before you upload it to your funding application.

  2. Identify and reach out to a Colby staff or faculty member who would be willing to provide a reference. Confirm that they agree to do this and give them a heads up that they will be contacted during the open application period.

  3. Use the budget worksheet and attend one of the information sessions on campus to begin calculating all of the costs associated with the experience including travel, meals, housing, etc. A well-thought out and reasonable budget is one of the biggest deciding factors so please follow the guidelines on the worksheet.

    Click here to access the worksheet. (Some users may need to open using Chrome)

    The following steps will be required if you are offered an award to fund your experience. You will receive instructions once you “Accept” the offer in the funding portal. You will then have access to the post-acceptance application to fulfill these requirements following. Once these steps are met, DavisConnects staff will notify Student Financial Services (SFS). Your money will be released via direct deposit (if you have it set up with the College) or by paper check (which can be picked up in the SFS office). If it is a Colby faculty led Jan Plan credit course or a Global Innovation or Global Lab course during the spring or fall semester, your deposit for enrollment will be made automatically by Student Financial Services. Additionally, those students participating in a Colby faculty led course only need to address #11 below as post-acceptance requirements will be handled by the faculty leader.

  1. Secure the experience and get an offer letter or email from the organization (or supervisor).

  2. If it is a research position, register the experience through the Registrar as an Independent Study (summer research experiences must be registered for the following fall semester). Take a screenshot or save the confirmation email as proof of registration.

  3. For an internship, find and secure a faculty sponsor:

    • Your sponsor can be someone who is comfortable evaluating your internship experience, even outside of their discipline area to grant you credit. This decision is at the discretion of the faculty member.
    • Come to an agreement with your sponsor regarding the format and content of your final project if you are pursuing the optional academic credit hour.
  4. To register an internship for transcript notation or academic credit, fill out the online application form. You can find detailed information on the Internships page.

  5. This application requires specifics such as company name, address, site supervisor’s name, and hours to be worked. The minimum number of hours onsite for an internship is 100 hours. Most Jan Plan internships involve 30 hours per week. The application also requires a detailed proposal that should:

    • Specify the anticipated responsibilities or projects.
    • State what you hope to learn.
    • State how the internship relates to your long-term goals, such as exploring a career field.
    • Specify the nature and scope of the final academic product if you are applying for the optional academic credit hour.
  6. You will receive a confirmation email if your faculty sponsor and DavisConnects approves your internship. Your internship will appear as an “090” course on your schedule. If you were approved for academic credit, the one credit will show there. You may register for transcript notation only, which does not require a final project (academic credit requires a final project to be completed). Please note: you MUST complete a daily journal and at least 100 working hours regardless of which option you choose.

  7. If you WILL NOT BE supervised by a Colby staff or faculty member who is on the ground with you, for a portion of or for the entire duration of your experience, you will be required to fill out a Release of Liability form. This form will be available in the post-acceptance application but is also available if you click here: Colby Release of Liability.

  8. If you WILL BE supervised by a Colby staff or faculty member who is on the ground with you, for a portion of or for the entire duration of your experience, you will be required to fill out the following forms, available below and in the post-acceptance application.

  9. · Colby Assumption of Risk

    · Colby Emergency Medical Release and Consent to Treatment . This must be signed by the student (and the parent if the student is under 18).

    · Colby Confidential Mental Health History. If there are any “Yes” answers on the form, it MUST be completed by a home provider or by making an appointment with Colby Counseling Services at (207)-859-4490. If all answers on the form are “No” please simply sign and date.

    · Colby Confidential Health History. If the destination is within the U.S. or you are an international student returning to your home country this form may be completed by a home provider or by making a “records review appointment” with the nurse at Colby Health Services at (207)-859-4460. If you are traveling outside the U.S. to a destination other than your home country, this form may be completed by a home provider or by making a “travel physical appointment” with one of the nurse practitioners or doctors at Colby Health Services at (207-859-4460). Please fill out the information at the top and then have the designee (nurse) or provider (doctor or nurse practitioner) fill out and sign the rest of the form.

  10. You will need to seek committee approval if traveling to a State Department Level III country and upload approval to the post-acceptance application.

  11. Colby College does not allow travel to countries under U.S. State Dept. Travel Advisory Level 4 countries and discourages travel to countries and participation in programs under U.S. State Department Travel Advisory Level 3. Students wishing to travel to a country currently under U.S. State Department Travel Advisory Level 3 are required to submit a petition to the Travel Advisory Review Committee providing a complete description of and justification for their study/travel at a Travel Advisory Level 3 site. Please contact OCS for a copy of the Travel Advisory Petition guidelines by writing them at offcamp@colby.edu. If approved, the student and his/her parents will then be required to sign a second waiver as part of the application for approval process.

  12. You will need to register your travel details on the Colby Travel Registry found here: colby.edu/offcampus/travel-registry/. Upload email confirmation of registration to the post-acceptance application.

  13. All funded students traveling to a destination outside of the U.S., except international students returning to their home country, will be automatically enrolled in mandatory, but complimentary comprehensive travel security/medical insurance under the iNext Ultimate Plan. You are welcome to arrange for any additional insurance that you consider adequate to meet any and all needs for payment of medical or other travel-related expenses. iNext insurance is intended to provide medical and travel security coverage for abroad travel but is not a substitute for basic health insurance. Students who are enrolled in the Colby-sponsored student health insurance plan through Cross Insurance are covered within the U.S. and abroad, with the exception of international students; international students do not have coverage in their home country but do have coverage in the U.S. and other nations. See the Cross Insurance webpage for more information at this website.

  14. https://www.inext.com/plans/individual/comprehensive/

    https://www.inext.com/downloads/FAQ/Comp%20Ultimate%20FAQs%20FY19.pdf

    https://www.inext.com/downloads/summary/Comp_Ultimate_COC.pdf

  15. An award determination will be made with or without the required Colby staff or faculty reference. If the award is made in your favor, fund disbursement is conditional on receiving a positive reference before the post-acceptance deadline.


Descriptions of Endowed Funds

The Linda K. Cotter Internship Award Fund was created to honor Mrs. Cotter for her many years of dedication and hard work in establishing the internship program at Colby College. The award encourages students to get career-related experience by assisting with the expenses incurred doing unpaid internships.

Preference is given to unpaid internships at nonprofit, humanitarian, scientific research (nonprofit), or government (state, local, federal) organizations. Internships at for-profit organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Awards are need based and applicants must have a current-year financial aid application at Colby.

January awards range from $500 to $1,000. Summer awards range from $500 to $2,500. Competition for January awards is open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors; summer awards are open to students completing their first, sophomore, and junior years.

This award provides a stipend of $1,000 to defray the travel and/or living expenses of one Colby student each year pursuing an international internship.

In memory of David Strage ’82, his family and members of the Class of 1982 hope that this award will contribute to the enhancement of an international experience that integrates Colby’s liberal educational mission with career awareness.

This is a competitive, merit-based award. Only one award will be given per year. The award is open to all majors. Internships may be completed in any professional career area and must be carried out in an international location. Priority will be given to applicants without previous international experience.

This fund was established by Seth Medalie ’82 and provides a stipend of $1,000 to defray the travel and/or living expenses of one Colby student each year pursuing an unpaid internship with an entrepreneur.

This is a competitive, merit-based award. Only one award will be given per year. The award is open to all majors. Internships may be completed in any professional career area but must be with a small, entrepreneurial organization or an individual.

The Hoopes Family Endowed Fund for Universal Student Experiences is intended to support students with demonstrated financial need to undertake experiential opportunities in the fields of fine arts, museum, and government. The Donors are making this gift to Colby with the intention of contributing to the diversity of practitioners in the fields of museums and politics. The support for students made possible through this gift can take the form of a stipend and/or financial aid to offset tuition, housing, transportation, living costs, or similar expenses or to directly fund internships at other institutions. Examples include, but are not limited to: rent while interning at a museum or a government entity; living expenses for a student who stays on campus to work with the Colby Museum of Art; or travel expenses for a student traveling overseas for a Jan Plan experience with Colby faculty.

The John Roderick Fund provides financial support to students who desire to enhance their Colby education through international research or internships in Asia.

First preference will be given to students interested in Japan who also have an interest in journalism, with secondary preference given to students interested in conducting research or participating in internships in China, and tertiary preference for students interested in the countries of East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia (in that order).

The Roderick Fund was established in honor of Colby alumnus John Roderick ’36 by Roderick’s stepson Yoshihiro Takishita and friends of John Roderick. One award of a maximum of $4,000 will be granted each year.

This award is open to first-year students, sophomores, and juniors. Students in any major are eligible to apply and previous experience in Asia is not a requisite. However, students undertaking internships in contexts in which English is not the working language will be required to demonstrate competency in the appropriate language. Awards will not be made to students pursuing internships in their home countries.

The Leslie Dougherty Biddle ’89 and George Biddle Fund for International Service Learning, Internships, and Research, as the name implies, supports students’ participation in international service learning courses (Jan Plan or otherwise), international internships—preferably with nonprofit organizations, or in international research.

This award is open to all students, and students in any major are eligible to apply.

The Malinoski Fund supports financial aid students’ participation in internship or research opportunities that foster global awareness and appreciation for the world. This award is open to students in all class years, and students in any major are eligible to apply.

This fund supports students’ participation in international civic engagement opportunities (Jan Plan or otherwise), in international internships—preferably with nonprofit organization, or in international research. This award is open to all students, and students in any major are eligible to apply.

The purpose of this fund is to support students who wish to study abroad in China to provide a thorough engagement with Chinese culture, a deeper understanding of China, and a richer overall academic experience.

With the goal of introducing more Colby students to China, priority will be given to students who are not or have not been residents of China. Some examples in which this fund could be used include internships with organizations in China, research opportunities in China with Colby faculty, and language acquisition programs during the January term or summer.

The purpose of this fund as established by Michael P. O’Brien is to support internship opportunities for Colby students.

The Descouteaux Internship Fund is intended to provide financial support to student internships. Preference will be given to students pursuing New York-based internships and/or opportunities in the financial services sector.

This Fields Fund will support one summer internship in Japan with a $4,000 stipend. This fund is not eligible for Jan Plan internships.

This endowed fund will support research and internship funding for Colby students with a preference for experiences in entrepreneurship and innovation.

The purpose of this endowed fund is to support student internship opportunities for Colby students.

Funds to support internship opportunities for need-based students.

Supporting student internship opportunities.

This fund is to support students pursuing the most competitive communications and government relations-focused internships. Awards will grant 3-5 students annually between $4,000-$5,000 to pursue an internship in communications and politics.

The Bozian-Overseth Family Fund was established by a gift from Alison Overseth P’18, Ken deRegt P’18, and Emily Bozian ’18 to support student internships with a preference for students majoring in Classics or Education.

This fund was given by Colby Class of 2018 parents to establish an endowement for summer internships.

This fund was gifted by Elizabeth and Adrian Doherty to support Colby and its Dare Northward Campaign to provide support for internships.

The Fairchild Internship Fund was established by Jill Garvin and Mark E. Garvin to provide internships for Colby students with a preference for those majoring in Government, Economics, or Mathematics; or intending to pursue a career at a not-for-profit entity; or seeking internships in Boston or Washington D.C. regions; or intending to undertake similar activities in a country or countries other than the continental United States. Awards shall be made on a competitive basis.

The purpose of this fund as established by Kimberly Getschow ’85, P’17, P’22 and Gregory Getschow ’86, P’17, P’22 is to support internship opportunities for Colby students.

The purpose of this fund as established by Glenn T. Reiger is to support internship opportunities for Colby students.

The purpose of this endowed fund is to provide qualified students with summer internships with Dr. David Solit of Memorial Sloan Kettering.


Funding outside DavisConnects

Several other institutions and departments outside DavisConnects have funding available for Jan Plan and summer research and internship experiences. Each manages their own application process. Visit each department for more information.