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Swarthmore Summer Funding

Strategies for Securing Funding

Step 1: Learn about funding/resource sources to help you plan your summer. It's important to begin connecting with different offices/departments to find out what resources they offer students. Here are ways to begin: 

  • Summer Opportunities Fair: The fair takes place yearly during the fall semester. Departments come and talk to students about summer opportunities and resources offered. Make sure to attend to hear from departments that have funding or resources for summer planning. For AY 2021-22 this will be held on Friday, October 29, 2021 (1230-2pm EST) via Zoom.
  • Find out which departments have indicated they'll be offering funding for summer 2022: This list and its details are constantly changing, so please check back often to stay updated. We encourage students to reach out to the departments/offices directly for the most-up-to-date information. 
  • See also list below with more specific programmatic information on departments that typically offer summer funding. 

Step 2: Learn about the application processes.

  • Application Methods:  Every department has their own way students submit applications. They include (but not limited to):  formal application portals such as JobX, WizeHive, Handshake or directly through departmental contacts via website or email. 
  • Application Materials: Most applications require you to fill out personal/identifying information, submit a resume/summary of qualifications, and/or letters of recommendations. 
  • Deadlines: Make sure to keep on top of deadlines, which each department sets their own. Applications typically open up in December-January. Although many of the submission dates are set for February, some are earlier or later.  

Step 3: Understand the FINE PRINT.

  • Number of Applications: There is no limit to the number of grants for which students can apply, but the total amount that a student may receive per summer is $4,800. We are encouraging students to diversify their search by exploring many different opportunities. 
  • Filing Taxes: Students are responsible for reporting earnings to the IRS. If you're an international student, a portion of your stipend may be withheld. Please consult the Business Office and your tax professional for more information. 

Step 4: Reach out if you need assistance.

  • Contact Departments: Students are highly encouraged to contact the respective departments/staff members for more information and to apply. Departments want students to be well-informed and prepared to apply. Some applications will even require advising sessions as a requirement to applying. Others will have info sessions throughout the semester to answer questions. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the department, so that you can ensure that your application is competitive and complete. 
Academic Departments/Provost Office
Summer Research Opportunities Humanities, Natural Sciences/Engineering, Social Sciences
Creative Writing Stipend                                     

The English Department's Morrell-Potter Summer Stipend in Creative Writing provides a $4,500 prize to students who demonstrate exceptional promise in composing prose or poetry.

Center for Innovation & Leadership

CIL Open to first-years, sophomores, and juniors ONLY. The CIL will provide a $4,800 stipend per student seeking an internship, research opportunity, etc. in innovation, management, entrepreneurship, or leadership. Deadline to apply is early Spring semester. 

Lang Center

Lang Center The Lang Center for Civic & Social Responsibility provides project grants, internship funds, and research opportunities that link the campus, community, and curriculum. Deadline to apply is early Spring semester. 
Career Services
Swarthmore Future Entrepreneur Program

Internships at local start up companies through a partnership with Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Students can apply to posted internships and interview with participating start-up companies. If selected, students will gain experience working for a start up while gaining insight into the entrepreneurial world. 

Dean's Office
Rubin Scholar Mentoring Program                                                                                                                         

This program offers a limited number of paid summer internships. It provides Rubin Scholars with an opportunity to work with a mentor to develop and strengthen career goals.

Outside Funding
Hope Reichbach Memorial Fund Available to New York City residents with demonstrated financial need. The Fund provides scholarships for students who take internships in civic leadership and community organizing

Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program

Internships at public policy and nonprofit organizations; provides a stipend and covers housing/travel costs

Getty Foundation Grants for Multicultural Undergraduate Internships in the Arts

Sponsors-paid internships at museums and arts organizations throughout LA County for multicultural residents of Los Angeles County

Clinton Global Initiative

The Clinton Global Initiative University Outstanding Commitment Awards are grants given to exceptional student Commitments to Action aimed at improving communities and lives around the world. All currently enrolled students (both undergraduate and graduate) may apply for these awards.