Getting Started 

Bowdoin offers numerous programs to support current students' efforts to pursue research and undertake internships.  No matter what your interests, whether in the arts, humanities, sciences or beyond, at least one of the programs described below is apt to meet your needs. 


Institutional Fellowships Program. 
Through the Institutional Fellowship Program, the College annually awards over 50 fellowships supported by multiple funding sources.  These fellowships are open to students from all disciplines, but since each funding source has different priorities, applicants should familiarize themselves with the various options.  The majority of the awards are made during the spring semester and support summer research on campus.  The Student Fellowships Committee, an interdisciplinary committee comprising Bowdoin faculty and staff, reviews the applications and makes award decisions. The Office of Student Fellowships and Research administers these fellowships and is happy to answer students' questions. 

Grua/O'Connell Research Award Program.  These awards are offered once in the fall and support 1) student travel that will substantially enhance students’ honors projects or research being conducted under the mentorship of a faculty member, or 2) students’ research expenses such as purchasing of books and equipment, publishing research results, or any combination of these expenses.  The Office of Student Fellowships and Research administers these fellowships and is happy to answer students' questions.

Mini-Grants for Research Program.  Mini-grants provide modest financial support for students wishing to conduct research, usually as part of an independent study or honors project. During the academic year, applications are reviewed monthly by the Student Fellowships Committee, which makes the award decisions. The Office of Student Fellowships and Research administers these fellowships and is happy to answer students' questions.

Departmental Fellowships Program Numerous departments/offices on campus offer and administer their own fellowships, which are usually open to students from a particular discipline. The application processes, award decisions, and administration of these fellowships are made at the departmental level, or in the case of a grant funded program, by the relevant committee formed to oversee the implementation of the grant. Therefore, the submission deadlines, notification dates, and award packages vary by department and fellowship. Students should direct their questions about Departmental Fellowships to their faculty mentors in the relevant department who can provide information about the various opportunities and the application procedures. 

Student Faculty Research Grant Fellowships. These are made possible when a Bowdoin faculty member is awarded a grant from an outside funding source such as the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes for Health.  If the faculty member's grant includes funding for a student fellowship, that faculty member is free to award a fellowship to the student(s) of his or her choice. Which faculty members are offering Student Faculty Research Grant Fellowships varies from year to year, but by visiting our "Recent Bowdoin Fellows" page, interested students see a listing of previous Student Faculty Research Grant Fellows and their faculty mentors.  

Funded Internships.  Bowdoin's Career Planning Center, Environmental Studies Program, and McKeen Center for the Common Good offer a number of funded internships/fellowship opportunities. These grants and fellowships allow students to pursue summer experiences that would not otherwise be paid.