College-Wide Summer Travel Awards
The International & Off-Campus Study Committee administers the following summer travel awards. Students may apply for multiple awards but may not receive more than one award. Read the award descriptions for more information about eligibility. The maximum amount for each award is $3000.00.
The application cycle opens in early October. Complete applications are due by Friday, December 10, 2021. Late applications will not be considered by the committee. The committee will notify recipients by mid-February 2022, and funds will be disbursed to students by mid-March 2022.
To view the recording of the October 2020 webinar with Dean Ali Janicek covering the topics below, please view the 30-minute 2021 Summer Travel Awards video:
- Award types, descriptions, and eligibility
- Tips for writing your proposal
- Criteria that will be used to evaluate applications
- Application requirements & deadlines
Armen Bagdasarian International Study Fund
The Bagdasarian award will be used to provide financial assistance for students studying or engaging in volunteer activities outside the United States with preference given to students traveling to developing and third-world countries.
Eligible to apply: current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors
Margery Brittain '79 Foreign Travel Award
This award supports educational travel for the purpose of conducting research or completing a course of study in a country where the student has not previously resided for any appreciable length of time. Preference will be given to Modern Language majors who will be enrolled at the College in a semester following the award.
Eligible to apply: current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors
John Kryder Evans Scholar Summer Study & Travel AwardThis award is intended for educational summer travel outside the United States. The selected candidate must show quality of character, personal and intellectual promise, and an enthusiasm for learning from international experience.There are no limitations of major or destination; however, preference will be given to students whose projects reflect ethical or social concerns of our time, such as human or animal rights, social justice, peace-building, social entrepreneurship, climate change, immigrant or refugee populations, health, education, or international diplomacy.Eligible to apply: current sophomores, and juniors
Charles J.G. Mayaud Memorial Travel FundThis award supports study and/or educational travel for Franklin & Marshall students outside the United States during the summer between semesters, or the summer following graduation.Recipients must show quality of character, personal and intellectual promise, and an enthusiasm for learning from an international experience. There are no limitations of major, area of interest, or destination. Although formal academic programs may be acceptable, especially in areas where student may not be expected to travel on their own, projects usually involve individual study and research, creative arts projects or public service with a research component.Eligible to apply: current sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Paul A Mueller, Jr. Summer Award FundThis award enables rising juniors to pursue worthy projects that provide important opportunities for personal growth; to develop independence, creativity and leadership skills; and to broaden or deepen some area of special interest. The award is intended to allow students the freedom to pursue areas of personal interest that they might otherwise be unable or unlikely to explore further.Note: While this award will support project travel costs when applicable, travel outside the U.S. is not a requirement of the award.Eligible to apply: current sophomores
Penny Johnston Voyages Travel Award Fund
This fund supports summer international travel opportunities for the purpose of work, internship, research or study. Such opportunities should take place in a country where the student has not previously resided for any appreciable length of time and preference will be given to students pursuing opportunities focused on public health, humanitarian efforts or education.
Eligible to apply: current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors
How to Apply
To apply, complete the online Summer Travel Award Application & Budget Qualtrics form (above). As you prepare to complete items in the form, it is recommended that you preview a pdf of the entire application so that you know what information you may want to prepare in advance. Note that not all questions you see in the pdf preview will be visible to you in the Qualtrics form, but viewing the items in advance may help you better prepare your proposal and your budget.
Each applicant must also submit one Faculty Recommendation from a current F&M faculty member by the application deadline. The link to the Qualtrics form is below.
One hundred project proposals are chosen by the Davis United World College Scholars Program each year to receive a $10,000 grant. It is left up to the student to define what a "project for peace" might be. Projects must take place during the summer and can be based anywhere in the world, including in the United States.Davis Projects for Peace
How to Apply
Students must attend a Summer Travel Awards information session that occurs in the fall term before beginning applications.
Interested students will work very closely with Dean Ali Janicek over the course of several months to develop your idea and your proposal. Final proposals and budgets must be submitted to Dean Janicek by Wednesday, December 9, 2020.
Once finalized, the F&M International & Off-Campus Study (IOCS) faculty committee will review the proposals, invite top candidates to be interviewed, and nominate one project by mid-February to submit to Davis for final approval and funding.
Departmental Summer Travel Awards
Awards are available to majors and minors in the following departments. Click on the links below or contact the relevant department to find out more about each award, including application procedures and due dates.
Art & Art History: Sophomore Summer Foreign Travel AwardThe Sophomore Summer Foreign Travel Award in Studio or Art History, which carries an annual value of approximately $3,000, was established in 1986 by the late Dean of the College, Bradley R. Dewey. It is open to sophomores who have formally declared a major in art history or studio art.
Art & Art History: Junior Summer Study AwardThe Junior Summer Study Award in Studio Art was established in 2000 by a Franklin & Marshall alumnus who currently wishes to remain anonymous. The Junior Summer Study Award in Studio Art provides up to $1,500 (possibly more with higher expenses) to help a junior Studio Art Major pursue studio interests, in any location and for any length of time, with preference to the summer between the junior and senior year.
Biology: Huffnagle Scholarship
Through a generous bequest from the estate of Harry W. and Mary B. Huffnagle, the Biology Department awards up to three scholarships per year for students to do summer course work or research at a biological field station of their choice, in the areas of ecology, environmental science, or behavior. Eligible students are BIO majors (including double, joint, and special-studies majors), BMB majors, BFB majors, and ENV SCI majors and ENV STU majors and minors. The scholarship cannot be used during the summer following graduation. The number of awards and their dollar amounts depend each year on the number of applicants, the strengths of the proposals, and the costs of the programs. Therefore, in some cases an individual award may not cover the full cost of the program. Recent awards have been in the range of $500 to $1500.
Classics: Sophomore Summer Travel AwardThis award, established by the late Dean of the College Bradley R. Dewey in 1986, is open to a sophomore who, before March, and in consultation with the Department Chair, Professor Zachary Biles, declares a major or minor in Classics. Preference will be given to majors. The award will be in the amount of $3,000.
Dance: Greco Summer Study Award
https://www.fandm.edu/lynn-brooksThe F&M Dance Program is accepting applications for the Greco Summer Study Award, named for the world-renowned Spanish-dance artist, José Greco (1918–2000). After a long and illustrious career, leading his own dance company, performing live, on television, and on film, Greco was Visiting Professor of Dance at Franklin and Marshall College, starting in 1993; he taught at F&M until two months before he died (see http://josegrecofoundation.org/history.html). An inspiring and demanding teacher, Greco brought the world of Spanish dance to his students. Donations made by former students, friends, and colleagues in his memory permit us to offer this travel award in his honor.
The Greco Summer Study Award provides up to $1000 toward a selected student’s participation in a summer dance study program that has the potential to expand the student’s understanding and experience of dance in such areas as technique, composition, context, and performance. It may be applied toward the student’s tuition, room and board, or travel. Students are selected for the Greco Summer Study Award based on dance faculty members’ evaluation of the student’s application, due on March 1. Faculty members may choose to award smaller sums to several students, the total of all awards in any year not to exceed $1000. It is anticipated that students receiving this award will be returning to campus the following year; seniors, thus, are not normally eligible.
Please apply for this award by sending a statement, attached to an e-mail message, to Prof. Lynn Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org), with the following information (this letter of application should not exceed one page):
- Graduation Year
- F&M Dance Company involvement
- The program to which you are applying, including a URL to its website
- Does the program requires an audition and, if so, what is the timeline? (when you will take that audition and when you’ll have the program’s response)
- Provide a statement of why you wish to attend this program and how it will forward your study of dance
- Describe the way this program connects with your F&M dance studies;
- Submit your proposed budget/total anticipated cost (travel, room, board, program fees)
- If you are selected for this award but total costs exceed the sum you are awarded, are you confident that you can cover the remaining expenses?
Questions? Contact Lynn Brooks.
English: Alice & Ray Drum British Isles Summer Travel AwardThe Alice and Ray Drum British Isles Summer Travel Award, first given in 2001, offers $1,500 to support summer research in the British Isles. The award is enabled by a donation by Dr. Alice Drum, Vice President from 1988-2001 as well as a professor in the areas of English literature and Women's Studies; and by Dr. Ray K. Drum, who taught for more than thirty years at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and who is also an enthusiast of traveling and hiking in the British Isles.Winners, with a preference for English majors who will be enrolled at the College in the semester following the award, will be chosen by a faculty committee appointed by the Provost.
French: Butler Award
Honoring the late Professor Butler, for many years chair of the Department of French and Italian, this award supports educational travel for at least one high-achieving student of French. Awards are usually in the amount of $500-750. Preference is given for the summer following the sophomore or junior year and to applicants with financial need.
French: Griffin Award
The late professor of French John A. Griffin endowed this award of up to $1500 annually, to be bestowed on the writer of "the best piece of creative work in French Literature at the third-year level." Applicants should therefore submit a paper on a literary topic written for a French course, normally at the 300-level, along with a carefully planned proposal for summer travel and/or study in France.
French: Sophomore Summer Travel Award
Award of up to $3000 given for study and/or travel abroad to current sophomores planning a major in French.
German: Seadle Award
The Seadle Award supports a language course, special project or internship in a German-speaking country. Recipients, selected by the Department of German and Russian, must be non-native speakers of German who have completed their sophomore year, demonstrate a serious interest in German language and culture, and have successfully taken courses through the German 202 level.
German: Sophomore Summer Travel Award
Each summer a sophomore from the Department of German and Russian who has declared a major in German or a minor in Russian can compete for a grant to support summer study and travel in a German- or Russian-speaking country. Students may use this award to enroll in a course in the country or to engage in an independent research project.
Italian: Sophomore Summer Travel Award
This $3,000 award is open to sophomores who have declared a minor in Italian.
Any carefully planned combination of study and educational travel outside the United States is eligible for submission. Your idea for your project should be your own, but you should consult with Italian faculty for advice.
Japanese: Honaman AwardThe Honaman Japanese Study Fund supports students studying in Japan. Awards will be given on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Please contact the Off-Campus Study office or the Japanese department for more information.
Judaic Studies: Bank Summer Study Award
In memory of his late parents, Pearl and Maury Bank, Lawrence H. Bank, Esq. '65 established the Bank Summer Study Award to support Franklin & Marshall students in studying abroad during the summer in the field of Judaic Studies. The amount of the award is $2,500. to be distributed to one or several participants. It will be granted to students with a strong academic record and whose proposal demonstrates clarity and focus in the area of Judaic Studies.
Judaic Studies: Dickmont Research Fund
Established by Matthew Kames Esq. '73 and Richard Sussman '73 to provide a Judaic Studies student, wishing to work in the area of Judaic Studies and who has an exemplary academic record, with a stipend for Judaic Studies independent research. The recipient, who will be known as the Dickmont Research Scholar, will be selected by Judaic Studies faculty. The amount of the award is $1,200. to be distributed to one or several participants.
Music: Nolt Music Award
The Nolt Music Award is a grant of up to $3000 enabling Franklin & Marshall student musicians to undertake musically enriching projects. Possible projects include taking lessons with a member of a major orchestra or opera company resulting in a recital, attending a summer music festival in the U.S. or abroad, funding the premiere of a student composition, undertaking a research or field-work trip, going to a major metropolitan area to attend/critique a series of concerts or operas, or funding a tour by the Nolt Scholar's chamber ensemble. Awards of more than $3000 may be possible upon special request. Any enrolled Franklin & Marshall student may apply; however, projects must be completed prior to the student's graduation.
Russian: Russell Summer Study Award
The Russell Award to promote the study of Russian language and culture was made possible by the generosity of the late Dorothy Chapman in honor of her parents. The award, with a value of $3,000 (or more if exceptional expenses warrant and funds are available), is to be used in Russia for formal study and educational travel. Preference will be given to full-time students who have reached an advanced level in the Russian language and who will be returning to campus for further study, but others will also be considered.
Spanish: Summer Travel Award
The Spanish department awards $3000 for summer research travel in a Spanish speaking country. (Research can be combined with a short period of study). Open to Spanish majors/minors of sophomore or junior standing.
Theatre: Pywell Award
This award was created in memory of Geoff Pywell, a member of the faculty in theatre, and of Joan Mowbray, secretary of the Department of Theatre, Dance & Film. The award recognizes a rising sophomore or junior student's achievement and potential in acting. The $1,500 award supports that student's summer study in acting or directing in a program approved by the TDF faculty.
Theatre: Schaffner Award
This award honors outstanding contributions to the Theatre program. The $5000 award gives the recipient(s) the opportunity to study theatre by attending English theatre productions and/or enrolling in theatre programs in England.