About The DC Summer Grants and Fellowships

The Davis Center administers 3 different summer fellowship and opportunity grant programs for students who are seeking summer funding. These opportunities are The Gordon J Davis '63 Social and Racial Justice Fellowship, The Racial Justice Summer Opportunity Grant, and The Michael Dively '61 Summer Opportunity Grant. The Davis Center encourages applicants to consider partnerships with organizations, agencies, and/or community-based organizations that are aligned with their interests and goals. Independent projects are also welcome, and in these cases the Davis Center encourages applicants to seek out a faculty or staff mentor at the College. We welcome proposals for these grant and fellowship opportunities from rising sophomores through graduating seniors at Williams College.

Throughout the fellowship and grant term, The Davis Center will offer periodic workshops with other summer fellows and grant winners (approximately 3 over the course of the summer). Additionally, The Davis Center encourages periodic check-ins with a DC staff member to help you access any support you may need. All fellows and grant winners will complete a final project based on their work and will participate in a symposium in early September to share their work with the Williams community.

Funding and expectations

All grants and fellowships will be considered for up to 8 weeks during the summer and up to $4800. Housing on the Williams campus can be arranged at no additional fee to the student. It is also possible to apply for projects that are shorter in length and will not require residency on the Williams campus.  

Application Process

Application Deadline: Applications for all Davis Center Fellowships and Summer Opportunity Grants are due during the spring semester.

Budget: Applicants must submit a complete budget for their projects.

  • In your budget, please include only expenses required to complete your project, including food, housing/lodging, transportation, and research/creative materials (books, etc). 
  • The DC has crafted a budget template for applicants to use. 

Eligibility: All currently enrolled Williams students are eligible to apply.

Questions: If you have any questions about these opportunities, please contact Aly Corey [awc5], Associate Director for Inclusive Learning Environments at the Davis Center.

*Please note that applications for the 2024 summer grants and fellowships are now closed. See descriptions of the projects done by the 2023 Summer Fellows and Grant Winners.