Funding Student Research


The College has several programs to assist students in their research, both during the academic year and the summer. Brief explanations can be found below; more detailed information can be obtained from a member of the Department. Information on research grant programs is also available from Kerry O’Brien, Assistant Dean of the Faculty. We strongly urge you to consider doing research as an integral part of your Bates education!

Support for Research During the Academic Year

The Bates Student Research Fund supports student research associated with theses, independent studies, and regular courses and units. Grants of up to $300 are awarded four times a year. (For more costly projects, students may also apply for Sigma Xi grants (usually $400-600), as described above. Sigma Xi grants-in-aid of research cover supplies, equipment, and travel.)  Maine INBRE also has academic year research assistant funding options for student research.

Complete listing of academic year funding options.

Summer Research Grant Programs Administered Through Bates College

There are many opportunities for students to conduct research during the summer, as assistants to faculty, on independent projects under the direction of a faculty member, or off-campus at a research lab or field site. Bates College has numerous sources of funds to help support these opportunities, including:

  • A. V. Davis Student Fellowships support original summer research projects designed by a student and supervised by a Biology Department faculty member. The fellowship includes a stipend of $4,000 and a research supply budget of $500.
  • Five Summer Research Apprenticeships are offered each summer, in various departments, often in the sciences.
  • The Hoffman Fellowship two students conducting research with taxable $3500 stipends every summer.
  • The Ladd Internships, managed by the Career Development Office, offer several opportunities for biology students to conduct summer research off campus, including the Massachusetts General Hospital, Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Other sources of Bates funding for academic year and summer work

Student research funds:

Harward Center for Community Engagement:

Academic year funding |

Summer funding |

Maine INBRE |

Complete listing of on-campus summer research funds.