Wesleyan Summer Grants Application

2022 Application Timeline

Application Period: January 31st - February 27th, 11:59pm
Committee Reviews: Month of March
Selection Notifications: Month of April

Still Figuring Out Your Summer Plans?
You can still apply if you have not secured your summer experience. Your application will reflect the opportunity you are currently pursuing or your first choice if you are considering multiple opportunities. If chosen for funding, you will have the ability to submit a revised application if your plans have changed and you have a different summer opportunity than what was in your original application. All revisions will be reviewed before funding is determined.

Click Here to access the application on AcademicWorks.

Application Requirements:
1. Approved Resume
You must have an approved resume on Handshake by the Gordon Career Center in order for your application to be considered. 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. 

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

Application Components: 
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 Failure to provide these materials will result in your application being withdrawn.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. Grant Selection
Applicants can select up to ten grants that they would like to apply to/be considered for on the application.

2. Summer Experience Information
Logistical information regarding your proposed or potential experience, including the kind of experience, organization name, project/research information, number of hours/weeks, etc.

3. 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. 

The amount of funding requested by an applicant has no impact on whether that applicant will receive funding or not. Be thorough when completing your budget whether you are requesting $100 or $5,000.

Click Here to access the Budget Sheet

4. Essays - The committee reviews and scores all eligible applications using this rubric
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.

  • Tell us about yourself, your goals for the future, and why you are applying for funding this summer. (500 words maximum)
  • 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)

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

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

Click here to view our Budget Guide and Sample Essays

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 for Employer Relations via email wseg@wesleyan.edu.