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Project Grants

Students in the Alumni Memorial Scholars program may be awarded grants to pursue academic projects and experiences by submitting qualified project proposals. Learn more about the process here.

Who Can Apply?

AMS students — who are named during the college admission process — of any class year may apply. The final opportunity for seniors to submit a proposal is the fall of their senior year for an experience over winter break or during the spring semester. Final reports, including project findings and presentations, must be completed prior to graduation.

Students may receive more than one AMS grant during their time at Colgate, but combined proposals may not exceed $6,000. Proposals may be submitted for independent research, academic conference attendance, and faculty-led research or internships. Each type of proposal has its own application, which you can access by following the relevant link below:
Did you miss the AMS Proposal Workshop series? Dates for the fall semester workshop series will be announced soon. If you are planning to submit a proposal for the upcoming deadline, it is highly recommended that you attend these workshops.

Do you want to learn more about research methods in the social sciences?

Check out these videos from Professor Henke's AMS Social Science Research Methods Bootcamp.

Criteria for Successful Proposals

Grant proposals will be judged on originality, clarity, comprehensiveness, and strength of purpose. All proposals should clearly articulate how the funding will be used to augment a particular academic goal.

AMS has assembled a set of tips on developing and writing a good proposal. Keep in mind that all research involving human participants must be approved through Colgate’s Institutional Review Board.

Proposals may be submitted for any of the following experiences, but all proposals must clearly further academic goals:
  • initiating independent studies or research in an area of particular interest, including research-related or academically meaningful internships or experiences;
  • extending academic work in any one of a number of ways outside the formal curriculum and programs of the college;
  • supporting attendance at a relevant academic conference;
  • supporting living expenses while researching off-campus;
  • or, supporting travel and research costs for independent projects while away on a study group.

Upcoming Deadline

The next deadline for AMS Grant proposals is Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 5 p.m. This deadline applies to projects that will be conducted during the summer and fall of 2018.

Funding Restrictions

Normally, funding may not be used:
  • to cover costs that would be funded through the regular channels of Colgate financial aid or programmatic funding;
  • for coursework at another institution, university, or academic program;
  • to support projects that directly receive Colgate credit (for example, the funds cannot be used for regular expenses incurred by students participating in a Colgate study group.)