Wesleyan Grants

The 2020 Wesleyan Summer Grants Open Application Period Will Begin in January 2020.

Wesleyan Summer Grants are funding resources awarded through the Gordon Career Center which allow students to pursue no- or low-pay career-related summer experiences. These resources include Wesleyan Summer Experience Grants, Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Grants, named grants, etc.

Experiential learning opportunities can be both in the U.S. and abroad and can include career-related opportunities in the following areas:

  • Internships
  • Faculty-Mentored Research
  • Language Study
  • Volunteer Work
  • Field Study
  • Academic Program

To be considered for funding, the summer opportunity should be full-time for a minimum (or the equivalent) of 8 weeks. Grant awards typically range between $4,000 and $5,000. Only opportunities that take place over the summer will be considered and funded.

Who Can Apply?
For the majority of Summer Grants, undergraduates who are rising juniors or rising seniors by the start date of the summer opportunity and are actively enrolled at the time they apply are eligible. There is, however, limited funding available for first-year students and graduating seniors. Preference will be given to students with a demonstrated financial need for the majority of grants. Please review each grant for specific eligibility and requirements. 

What Types of Grants are There?
There are many grants that fall into the Wesleyan Summer Grants program – some are very general in nature and support a variety of opportunities while others are targeted to specific majors, industries, or veterans.Please review each grant for specific eligibility and requirements. 

Grants with an Internship
The following are grant-funded internship opportunities:

  • Child Advocacy Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Fund: The recipient of this grant is selected for the Lawyers for Children Social Work Interns Program.
  • John W. Macy Jr. ’38 Internship: Recipients spend the summer as special interns in the Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C.
  • Nancy Campbell Internship in Historic Preservation: Internship at The National Trust for Historic Preservation

Please click here to review all available grants for 2019.

Selection Criteria
Applications will be reviewed by the Wesleyan Summer Grants Committee and evaluated on the basis of:

  1. Overall clarity of the proposal (including grammar, spelling, etc.)
  2. Feasibility of the proposed budget
  3. Short Statements/Essay: Ability to convey what you hope to learn from the experience and how the opportunity will impact and enhance your career goals
  4. Approved resume

Please click here to review the Wesleyan Summer Grants Rubric.

Receiving Your Grant
If your proposal is selected to receive funding, you will be notified in early April, and in mid-May, after completing the necessary steps to accept funding, you will receive a check for all of your approved budget. 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 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.

Other funding opportunities available on campus:

In addition to Wesleyan Summer Grants there a number of other funding opportunities available on campus including: