Wesleyan Summer Grants Application

The 2021 Wesleyan Summer Grants application will be open February 8 - February 26, 2020.
Any applications received after midnight on February 26 will not be considered.

Summer 2021 - Updated January 2021
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and university policies, the ability to fund opportunities that will require students to travel internationally where they are not currently a legal resident is on hold. Because this is an evolving situation, please check back for updates.

How to Apply:

  1. Login to AcademicWorks
  2. Review available grants and their requirements (Opportunities > Summer Grants > Ours) and scroll to the bottom.
  3. Begin application--you can select up to 10 grants that you would like to apply for in the application. Please make sure you have reviewed each grant’s requirements before making your selection.

*Grants that are added to the list while the application is open will not be shown as choices on the application. All applicants who meet the criteria listed for these particular grants will automatically be considered.

Application Components: 

In addition to filling out the application, the following components are required in order for your application to be considered. Failure to provide these materials will result in your application being withdrawn.

1. Approved Resume
You must have an approved resume on Handshake by the Gordon Career Center before you can apply for a summer grant. Please note that once you upload your resume to Handshake it will be reviewed, not necessarily approved, within 2 business days. Please plan accordingly and expect that your resume may not be approved the first time you upload it. It is strongly encouraged that you schedule a resume review appointment with a peer career advisor before you upload it to Handshake for the first time. You will need to submit your approved resume with your application.

How to upload a document on Handshake
How to check the status of a document on Handshake

2. Budget
All applicants are required to submit a budget sheet, detailing the funding request for your summer experience. As an applicant, it is your responsibility to research costs to help you estimate your budget lines and make sure your numbers add up to the correct totals. What do you anticipate needing funding for? Fill out the budget based on your summer experience. Remember, no two budgets will look the same. Click here to view the budget packet which includes information on how to fill out your form and view sample budgets.

3. Essays
This part of the application process is not an academic statement. Your essays must be compelling; you need to persuade the Committee to fund your experience. They need to understand why this experience is important to you as an individual and how it relates to your career goals. Be thoughtful and detailed in your responses.

  1. Tell us about yourself and your goals for the future. (500 words maximum)
  2. Tell us about your summer plans. What opportunity are you pursuing, and what will your role and responsibilities be? How did you find or design this opportunity? Why do you want to pursue this particular summer experience, and how will it enhance your Wesleyan education? What will you gain from this experience, and how will it impact your career goals? (750 words maximum)

4. Agreement to Code of Conduct & Wesleyan Summer Grant Requirements

*Some grants may require additional materials, please review carefully!

Selection Criteria & Rubric
The Wesleyan Summer Grants Committee will use a rubric to review and evaluate applications on the following criteria:

  1. The Experience Description 
  2. The Student's Rationale
  3. Enhancement of Student's Wesleyan Education
  4. The Connection to Student's Career Goals

Wesleyan Summer Grants Rubric

Receiving Your Grant & Revisions
If your proposal is selected to receive funding, you will be notified in early April of your funding amount and the necessary steps to receive your funding. At this time, you will have the ability to submit a revision if your plans have changed. In mid-May, after completing the necessary steps to confirm your funding, funds are transferred via direct deposit, which must be set up with Wesleyan in advance. Students who have not yet set up direct deposit may do so by completing the Authorization Agreement for Payroll Direct Deposit Form and returning it to the Payroll Office. This form can be found on WesPortal.  As these funds could be 1099 reportable, we recommend that students consult with a tax advisor on how to treat and report this grant for tax purposes. Over the summer you will be required to complete a questionnaire about your experience and write a thank you to your donor(s).

If you need help getting your resume approved, finding summer opportunities, or would like to review your application materials, please schedule a career advising or drop-in appointment with a staff member from the Gordon Career Center. Appointments can be scheduled online on Handshake, via phone 860-685-2180, or in-person during business hours. 

If you have any questions about your eligibility, requirements of a particular grant, or the application process, please contact Sarah McNamara, Associate Director of Internships and Campus Recruiting via email wseg@wesleyan.edu.