In the Spring of 2002, the parents and friends of Ben Ling ’98 established a fellowship to honor Ben’s memory.  Awarded annually, the Ling Fellowship supports a Colby Government major who undertakes either an internship or a significant research project.

While he was at Colby, Ben majored in Government and was involved in a number of internships and major research projects.  A  summa cum laude graduate of Colby, Ben went to Washington in order to pursue a career working on agricultural and ranching issues.  He died of cancer in 2001.


To encourage and support students participating in internships or undertaking major research projects during the summer, the Fall semester, or Jan Plan.

Student Eligibility

Any sophomore or junior Government major may apply for the Ling Fellowship, which is awarded on a need-blind basis.  The Ling Fellowship can run from any period of time from June 1 of the calendar year in which it is awarded, through the end of the following January, i.e. a fellowship awarded in May 2020 may be used between June 2020 and the end of January 2021.


The Ling Fellowship provides up to $2,000 towards expenses incurred during the internship or research project for which it has been awarded.

Program Eligibility

Internships may be either paid or unpaid, full-time or significant, part-time; the work of the internship must, however be clearly and significantly related to the student’s academic program or professional and career goals.

Research projects must be clearly connected to a student’s course of study at Colby, e.g., research for an Honors Thesis or major independent study project.

Application Procedures

Applications for Summer 2022 will be live on this DavisConnects webpage on February 28th, 2022. Students will submit a general application (please visit the DavisConnects student funding page to prep all essay questions and application materials) and then answer the following question before March 14th at 11:59 PM EST:

Please describe how this opportunity commits to a larger, coherent course of study or direction in personal and professional development as a Government major.

Any questions about the Ling Fellowship should be addressed to Professor Shea, x5357, [email protected]

Any questions about the general funding application process should contact Scott Lamer, Associate Director of Global Experiences at DavisConnects at [email protected]


Application Opens: February 28th, [email protected] 12:00 AM EST
Application Closes: March 14th, 2022 @ 11:59 PM EST
Award Notifications: April 8th, 2022 @ 5:00 PM EST
Post-Acceptance Requirements: Friday, May 20th, 2022 @ 5:00 PM EST