Academics and New Ventures

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Career planning is an integral part of the Colby experience.

Projects for Peace

How would you use $10,000 to build peace throughout the world?

Application Entry Deadline: Friday, November 17, 2017

Send us your two-page project proposal and one page budget to
The projects judged to be the most promising will be funded at $10,000 each.

To be considered, a student (or group of students) must prepare a written statement that describes the project (who, what, where, how) including expected outcomes and prospects for future impact. The written statement should be two-pages (11-point type or larger) and a budget should not be more than one page.

If you have any questions please contact Seven Grenier in the Grants office at or tel: 207-859-4341.

Please do not directly contact the Project for Peace Program at the Davis United World Scholars Program office.

For more information on the Projects for Peace initiative, please visit the Colby Grants Projects for Peace website or the Davis Projects for Peace website.


Project for Peace Award 2017

Many thanks to all of the Colby students who designed and developed fabulous Projects for Peace this year!

We are very pleased to announce that the Davis Projects for Peace Initiative has selected the Colby student project, Empowering Environmental Activism Through a Documentary, to receive 2017 Projects for Peace funding. Lijie (Reggie) Huang ’19 and Long Yung (Grace) Yu ’19 are leading this project to make a documentary film on a Chinese non-governmental organization, the Cross-Border Environmental Concerning Association (CECA), and its founder, Hanyang (Johnny) Wei. The mission of the CECA is to focus on environmental impact research, policy advocacy related to land reclamation projects, and ocean biodiversity at the border between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China.

Environmental activism and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are often mystified in China. Mainstream media covers China’s environmental challenges as well as the government’s increased spending on green technology and protective policies. However, little is known about China’s environmental NGOs and their impact. In 2015, China enacted the updated Environmental Protection Law that allowed “public interest litigation”. This has paved the way for NGOs to file suit regarding activities that cause environmental degradation, and NGOs have become a new tool for citizens to protect their environment through civic engagement..

Archaeology Field School Internships

Since 2012 the Elfrieda Frank Foundation has been working with Colby’s Offices of Grant and Sponsored Program to sponsor research experiences at archaeological field schools in the Americas. These Foundation grants have created summer experiences for students to participate in research projects and field work of archaeological significance. The students who received funding expanded their perspective of archaeology, improved their skills and understanding of field work and research, and explored more deeply their interests in archaeology for future endeavors.

Application Process:
Please email all application materials under the subject heading “Archaeological Grant Application” to Catherine Besteman, Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology, at

Application Deadline: February 2018

Application materials include:
1) A Statement of Interest;
2) Undated resume or curriculum vitae and informal academic transcript;
3) Web link to specific field school program with deadline and starting / end dates of the program;
4) Budget including tuition, travel and housing expenses, and number of weeks of enrollment;
5) Letter of Recommendation from Colby faculty member (sent separately by the recommender).

Note: By applying for and accepting (if offered) an Elfrieda Frank Field School Summer Grant, you agree to make a short public presentation about your experience when you return to campus and to write a short report that will be made available to the Foundation.

Please contact the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs if you have questions at

Fellowships and Scholarships

As a Colby student you are presented with diverse opportunities for undergraduate and post graduate experiences that can be enriching and challenging. Those who have excelled academically and professionally are strongly encouraged to learn more about fellowship and scholarship opportunities.

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Grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and other sources have expanded opportunities for students to learn by doing—in laboratories, in classrooms, in the field, and on stage.

Internship Spotlight

jae2014-11-12-05-resizedOver the summer Kathryn Butler ’17 worked with seven dancers from Southwest Virginia Ballet (SVB), the pre-professional ballet company she was a member of before college, to choreograph a piece for the Virginia Science Festival. The piece Like Something Out of Science Fiction is a study of dead zones in the oceans through both movement patterns created in collaboration with the dancers and an original sound score including audio from documentaries about dead zones. After the Virginia Science Festival, the piece was selected to be shown in October in a performance including work from the Richmond Ballet.

Internship Funding

Experiential learning is critical for today’s college students. Internship funding offers Colby students an opportunity to learn skill sets and competencies outside the classroom. Many Colby students take advantage of internship opportunities during Jan Plan, the academic year, and the summer months. Internship funding supports students’ experiential learning, offering financial assistance for unpaid placements throughout the world. Financial assistance awards money for students’ living expenses, including transportation, food, and housing.

Colby College supports students’ professional development by providing funds to enable students to accept internships and conduct research and have some of their expenses, such as travel and housing, reimbursed. As a result, many students have been able to travel and complete internships that they would not otherwise be able to accept. The college appreciates the generosity of donors who have created the endowed funds that make this possible. In a typical year, over $100,000 is generated in income from these funds to support student internships.

Students may apply for funding through various on-campus offices. Each office manages its own program and application process. All recipients of funding should expect to write a report at the conclusion of their internship.