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Project Grants

Students in the Alumni Memorial Scholars program may be awarded grants to pursue academic projects and experiences by submitting qualified project proposals. Learn more about the process here.

Who Can Apply?

AMS students — who are named during the college admission process — of any class year may apply. The final opportunity for seniors to submit a proposal is the fall of their senior year for an experience over winter break or during the spring semester. Final reports, including project findings, and presentations must be completed prior to graduation.

Students may receive more than one AMS grant during their time at Colgate, but combined proposals may not exceed $6,000. Proposals may be submitted for independent research, academic conference attendance, and faculty-led research or internships. Each type of proposal has its own application, which you can access by following the relevant link below:


Did you miss the AMS Proposal Workshop series? Dates for the fall semester workshop series will be announced soon. If you are planning to submit a proposal for the October, 2014 deadline, it is highly recommended that you attend these workshops. 

Want to learn more about research methods in the social sciences? Check out these series of videos from Professor Henke's AMS Social Science Research Methods Bootcamp.

Upcoming Deadline

The next deadline for AMS Grant proposals is Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 5 p.m. This deadline applies to projects that will be conducted during the winter of 2014 and the spring of 2015.

Criteria for Successful Proposals

Project proposals will be judged on the basis of originality, clarity, comprehensiveness, and their strength of purpose in augmenting the student’s preparation to achieve specific academic goals.

Tips for coming up with and writing a good proposal.

Proposals should reflect relevant academic preparation. All research involving human participants must be addressed through Colgate’s Institutional Review Board.

Proposals may be for any of the following experiences, but any proposal must clearly further academic goals rather than being simply career-related:
  • initiating independent studies or research in an area of particular interest to you, including research-related or academically meaningful internships or experiences;
  • extending academic work in any one of a number of ways outside the formal curriculum and programs of the college;
  • supporting attendance at a relevant academic conference;
  • supporting living expenses while researching off-campus;
  • or, supporting travel and research costs for independent projects while away on a study group.

Funding Restrictions

Normally, funding may not be used:
  • to cover costs that would be funded through the regular channels of Colgate financial aid or programmatic funding;
  • for coursework at another institution, university, or academic program;
  • to support projects that directly receive Colgate credit (for example, the funds cannot be used for regular expenses incurred by students participating in a Colgate study group.);
  • or, to support projects that take place in countries for which the State Department has issued a travel warning