Students can apply for three types of opportunities through the Lang Center: social impact scholarships, social action projects, and faculty-sponsored engaged research. All applicants are required to have an advising session before they apply. For internships, students can meet with any Lang Center Associate or Lang Center staff member; project applicants should meet with Jennifer Magee, and engaged research applicants should meet with their faculty sponsor. For answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to Summer Funding Opportunities FAQs [SwatDoc].
Summer opportunities like Social Impact Scholarships, Engaged Research experiences, and Social Action Projects can be a crucial bridge between your academic pursuits and the people and issues you care about. The Lang Center staff is here to help you build such bridges! There are many examples: Check out a digital list of past Swarthmore Foundation pilot projects and search our Social Impact Organizations Database [SwatSheet], which includes a selection of organizations at which students have successfully completed Lang Center-funded placements. These summer opportunities are funded by Swarthmore Foundation and a myriad of named awards [SwatDoc].
The Engaged Scholarship section of our website provides a snapshot of community-engaged research or public scholarship by faculty and students. All grantees of the Lang Center write reports and reflections on their summer experiences.
Applications for Summer 2018 went live on January 23rd, 2018 and were due on February 7th, 2018. Decisions will be released on March 9th, 2018.
Summer Social Impact Scholarships
Summer Social Impact Scholarships support students pursuing unpaid positions with host organizations that empower them to add dimension to their undergraduate course work while advancing the organization's mission, goals, and objectives. All applicants are required to have a summer funding advising session with a Lang Center Associate or Lang Center staff member before submitting an application through the Lang Center Common App.
Current Swarthmore students are invited to utilize our Social Impact Organizations Map (below) to research potential host organizations. Please note that these organizations operate independently of Swarthmore College and their appearance on this map is not an official endorsement of the organization.
Pilot Project grants support students who design or co-create a project with its own mission, goals, and objectives. Such projects could include feasibility study, assessment of community assets, interests, and needs, and so on. For more information about Pilot Project Grants, contact Jennifer Magee.
For more information about how to develop your own Pilot Project, check out our Project Development Handout [PDF].
Faculty-Sponsored Engaged Research
Faculty-Sponsored Engaged Research supports students, selected by a Swarthmore College faculty member, to conduct engaged research in the service of a faculty member's engaged scholarship. Students interested in pursuing Faculty-Sponsored Engaged Research should reach out directly to the faculty member with whom they would like to work and receive confirmation of their acceptance before submitting their application.