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Academic Division Opportunities

Department Overview

All students are encouraged to apply for funding for a creative scholarly project, internship, work, or research that substantially expands their research engagement or professional exposure. Grants are available in each of the three academic divisions: Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences and Engineering.  

Significant funding is also available for a variety of summer opportunities.  Each summer, approximately 30% of current Swarthmore students receive funding from the College so that they can participate in these otherwise unpaid experiences. Learn more.

Proposals for independent research, as well as research in collaboration with Swarthmore faculty and/or outside scholars, may include:

  • laboratory, field, archival, and/or desk research
  • internships
  • creative arts
  • intensive language study
  • engaged scholarship
  • academically-informed activism
  • work to support an honors preparation
  • research leading to a thesis

Students seeking special training and mentorship or volunteer opportunities may also qualify for a grant. Students engaged in research are expected to fully engage in the process of scholarly exploration and development, so projects in which the student would act as an office assistant or primarily engage in other non-scholarly work will not be supported.  Similarly, students engaged in internships or non-research based projects, such as the production of original writing or artwork, are expected to engage in activities which expand their academic program. 

Students awarded summer funding are expected to commit the equivalent of 10 weeks of full time work (roughly 400 hours total) to the project. A substantial body of work should be completed, and students are expected to present a substantive report at the end of their experience.  In some cases, students may also be asked to present their work through participation in a student poster session. Please consult these resources for more information.

Arts & Humanities:

Art, Classics, English Literature, Film & Media Studies, Modern Languages & Literatures, Music & Dance, Philosophy, Religion, Theater

View the list of available Arts & Humanities grants

Social Sciences: 

Economics, Educational Studies, History, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology & Anthropology

View the list of available Social Sciences grants

Natural Sciences & Engineering:

Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics & Astronomy, Psychology

View the list of available Natural Sciences and & Engineering grants


Lang Center Funding

The Lang Center offers competitive funding for three different types of summer opportunities--social impact scholarships, social action projects, and faculty-sponsored engaged research--that fulfill our mission to connect curriculum, campus, and community through engaged scholarship and collaborative action. Learn more at:

Davis Project for Peace

Open to students from any class year as well as individuals or groups of students, the Davis Project for Peace program seeks to encourage and fund student initiative, innovation, and entrepreneurship that is focused on conflict prevention, resolution, peacebuilding, or reconciliation.