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!

>>>>>> Complete listing of academic year funding options. <<<<<<

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.

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:

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 Small Grants Program |

Complete listing of on-campus summer research funds.