Each spring the Office of Student Fellowships and Research awards summer fellowships to around 70 current Bowdoin students, enabling them to engage in independent, faculty-mentored research and enrich their undergraduate experience.

Receive $510

 per week

Conduct 8, 9, or 10
weeks of research

Getting Started

Scholarly mentoring is crucial for a positive research fellowship experience, and students are encouraged to talk with faculty early in the process to discuss their research goals and to identify a faculty member who will be available and willing to mentor them.

Students should discuss with their faculty mentors what would be the appropriate duration of their fellowship (8, 9, or 10 weeks) and consider their own research goals and availability as well as their faculty mentors’ availability when making this decision. Selected fellows are expected to commit full-time effort to their research project and faculty mentors must approve the duration of the fellowship period.

Summer Housing

Fellows who are in good disciplinary standing with the College are eligible to stay in campus housing during the summer. If you elect to live in campus housing over the summer, the College will cover the $700 cost and you will not pay rent. (Please note that for some students this benefit may be taxable.) Fellows who live off-campus, whether by choice or due to their standing with the Office of the Dean of Students, will not receive any support for their housing costs.

Human/Animal Subjects

Bowdoin College is committed to the proper and humane treatment of all human and animal research subjects.

If you are unsure whether your project needs approval, please contact either the IACUC or IRB chair, depending on whether your research involves vertebrate animals or humans, respectively.  The chairs can be contacted via the IACUC and IRB websites.

Available Funds

Our fellowships are supported by multiple funding sources, each with a different set of priorities. Interested students may find a list of available funding sources below:


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Corey Colwill or Gina Pappas.

Other Summer Funding Opportunities

For a complete list of all summer funding opportunities, click here!