Wesleyan Summer Grants

The application period will open in February 2022. Please check back for updates.

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. Funding can be awarded up to $5,000.

Summer experiences can take place 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 opportunity must be:

  • Full-time, at least 8 weeks with a minimum of 240 total hours.
  • Take place during Summer 2021 (May - August). Opportunities that do not take place during this time will not be considered for funding.

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 multipe 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. 

Who Can Apply?
The majority of funding opportunities offered through the Wesleyan Summer Grants Program are reserved for rising juniors and seniors with demonstrated financial need who are actively enrolled at the time they apply. However, there is very 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. Students who have previously received a Wesleyan Summer Grant are not eligible for funding. Please review each grant for specific eligibility and requirements. 

*If you have taken a leave of absence for the Spring 2021 semester, you are not eligible to apply for funding.

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 have specific requirements. Grants are available in the following areas:

  • All Summer Experiences: These grants are open to students pursuing opportunities in any industry, research, volunteer work, or any other summer experience related to their post-graduate career goals.
  • Arts, Music, Journalism/Digital Media Summer Experiences
  • Business Related Summer Experiences
  • Experiences Related to Jewish and Israel Studies
  • Location Specific Summer Experiences
  • Non-Profit Summer Experiences
  • Science Related Summer Experiences
  • Social Impact and Entrepreneurship Summer Experiences
  • Social Justice/Services, Humanitarian Efforts and Political Activism Summer Experiences
  • Specific Majors/Society/Group
  • Veterans

You can view all available grants on AcademicWorksIt is the applicant's responsibility to review each grant for specific eligibility and requirements. 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.

Grants with an Internship
The following internship opportunities are funded through this program. If you are interested in one of these internships, you will apply to them directly on Handshake by clicking the link below. You can still apply to the Wesleyan Summer Grants program on AcademicWorks if you are also considering another opportunity where you would need funding.

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

  1. Budget: Feasibility, you have researched your costs and put together a clear budget outlining your request.
  2. Essays: Ability to convey your story to the committee. This is your chance to tell the committee about yourself, the opportunity, and your career goals.
  3. Overall application.

Applicants are selected for funding based on their score and if they are eligible and meet the listed requirements for the grant. 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. 

Receiving Your Grant
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 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: