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Please Note

The application portal for spring deadlines is now OPEN.

Apply using the red “Apply Here” button below.

For awards listed under “Other Funding Opportunities,” please apply directly to those departments via the contact information provided.

For an overview of opportunities featured on this page, download this document.

Healthy Clark updates

In order to support our students and comply with Healthy Clark guidelines, many of these awards will require or strongly encourage applications for virtual/remote projects and internships for the 2020-21 academic year. Please see award descriptions below for specific requirements and application instructions.

Overview of  opportunity funding at Clark

Clark has many opportunities for funding for internships, research, and projects. More information about the types of funding opportunities available to Clark students, along with application instructions and deadlines, can be found below.

The awards listed under Internships, Major/Minor Specific, Research/Projects, and Study Abroad are part of one centralized application portal. All students applying for these awards will also need to fill out the Assumption of Risk and Waiver.

Please note that awards are competitive; not every application will receive funding. To make your application as competitive as possible, please read instructions carefully, revise and polish your application before submitting, and submit on time.

Potential required documentation and considerations

IRB:

If you are utilizing human subjects, please check the information regarding the Institutional Review Board (IRB) through the Clark University Office of Sponsored Programs and Research. All funding applications requiring IRB review need to secure preliminary approval PRIOR to applying for funding. See the IRB website for IRB application timelines and procedures.

CPT:

Funding for opportunities is available to undergraduate Clark students in good academic standing regardless of citizenship or immigration status. Students who identify as International Students are required to complete a Curricular Practical Training (CPT).  This form is used for employment/internship opportunities that are integral to an established curriculum or a required part of a degree program. Please review the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) website for further information.

Travel Abroad:

Due to COVID-19, we are not accepting applications that require travel abroad at this time. International students may, however, submit proposals for projects and internships in their home country.

How to apply

The spring portal is now OPEN. You should receive a confirmation email after submitting your application. If you do not, or have any other questions about these opportunities, contact Michelle Flint at mflint@clarku.edu.

Spring 2021 Portal: Apply Here

Have additional questions?

Virtual advising sessions are now available for your funding application questions.

To book a virtual appointment with our funding adviser, make an appointment in Handshake (click on Career Center, then Career Connections Center, then Opportunity Funding).

Internship Funding (All Majors)

Thanks to the generosity of the Theodore Barth Foundation, this award offers six Clark undergraduate students a $3,500 stipend to support unpaid, summer internships in the nonprofit sector.

This funded internship opportunity is open to first years, sophomores, juniors, and continuing seniors (graduating in December) who plan to complete an unpaid summer internship at a nonprofit organization.

The deadline for this application is April 15, 2021.

For complete information about this award and application instructions, click here.

Apply using the red Apply Here button at the top of this webpage.

The ClarkCONNECT Summer Internship Award offers financial assistance, up to $5,000, to students pursuing unpaid or low-paying summer internships. The ClarkCONNECT Summer Internship Award is funded by the generosity of Clark alumni, family, and friends.

This funded internship opportunity is open to first years, sophomores, juniors, and continuing seniors (graduating in December) who plan to complete an unpaid summer internship, or one paying less than $1,000. Students must secure a Clark alumni mentor for the duration of the internship.

The deadline for this application is April 15, 2021.

For complete information about this award and application instructions, click here.

Apply using the red Apply Here button at the top of this webpage.

The Lois and Robert Green Summer Internship provides funding for a student completing an internship as an assistant to a city official and is open to all continuing undergraduates. The award provides up to $2,800 in funding. Contact Prof. Ramon Borges-Mendez (RBorgesMendez@clarku.edu) for more information.

*Deadline extended*

The deadline for this application is rolling until all funds have been awarded. Apply using the Apply Here button at the top of this webpage.

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Atupem ’82 International Internship Award in Memory of Gary S. Poor offers financial assistance of $2,500 to one student pursuing an unpaid summer internship. This student must be a member of the Clark Global Scholars program (regardless of country of origin), and/or a citizen of Ghana or another African nation.

This internship opportunity is open to first years, sophomores, juniors, and continuing seniors (graduating in December) who plan to complete an unpaid summer internship.

The deadline for this application is April 15, 2021.

For complete information about this award and application instructions, click here.

Apply using the red Apply Here button at the top of this webpage.

Major/Minor Specific Funding

The Harrington Fellowship Program funds research on politics, public policy, or service. Applications for up to $2,500 awards are open to political science majors and minors with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA; applicants must be continuing students who have completed two semesters at Clark.

Applications for Fellowships to support Spring Semester projects are due by noon on November 15, 2020. Applications for Fellowships to support Summer or Fall Semester projects are due by noon on April 15, 2021.

Download detailed application guidelines here. Apply using the Apply Here button at the top of this webpage.

The History Department is able to offer up to three Clark undergraduates funds to support a summer internship in public history or in history fields beyond the academy. The internship must be unpaid, or paid so little that the student cannot undertake it. Each student will receive funds up to $5,000. This award is open only to Clark history majors. Students granted this award will be required to write a two- to three-page reflection paper at the end of their internship and participate in Fall Fest or Academic Spree day during the academic year.

Eligibility

  • Student must be a history major.
  • Student must be in good academic and social standing with the University, with a minimum GPA of 3.25.
  • Student must not be on leave from Clark, and must have an active, registered status.
  • Student must have completed at least two semesters at Clark and return to study at Clark following the proposed internship.
  • International students are eligible to apply, but may be subject to tax withdrawals if their nation of citizenship does not have treaty benefits with the US — please see the Clark payroll office with questions about this.
  • Students are not eligible to receive more than one History Department Fellowship during their time at Clark.

Additional information is posted here.

The deadline for this application has been extended to May 1, 2021.

Apply using the Apply Here button at the top of this webpage.

The Peter J. Condakes Research Fellowship supports undergraduate students who have an interest in environmental concerns and are conducting summer research with a geography faculty member. This fellowship is open to continuing undergraduate majors in geography, global environmental studies, and environmental science majors (earth system science track only). The recipients of this fellowship will receive a stipend of up to $1,500 to support a summer research project. Applicants must have already completed GEOG 141 at the time of applying.

How to apply: To apply for this award, you first need to discuss your research idea with a geography faculty member who is willing to work with you over the upcoming summer. Upon faculty approval, you may then complete an application.

The following materials will be required along with the application:

  • A one-page statement summarizing your intended research
  • A copy of your most recent unofficial academic transcript
  • A letter or note of support from your intended faculty supervisor

This fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from Peter J. Condakes, a 1978 alumnus and geography major. Contact Prof. Joseph Getzoff (JGetzoff@clarku.edu)  for more information.

The deadline for this application is March 1, 2021. Apply using the Apply Here button at the top of this webpage.

This $500 award is given annually by the Political Science Department to a student who has secured an unpaid summer internship in Washington, D.C., either with an office of any branch of the federal government (executive, legislative, or judicial) or an organization that interacts with the government, such as a lobbying group or “think tank.” Interested students should submit the following:

  • a one- to two-page statement describing the internship, your reasons for pursuing it, and how it connects to your Clark education thus far
  • a proposed budget (the costs involved, such as travel, housing, etc.)
  • your resume
  • a copy of your unofficial transcript

For more information, contact Judith Barton in the Political Science Department, or visit the Political Science website. The deadline for this application is May 15, 2021. Apply using the Apply Here button at the top of this webpage.

(Please note that graduating seniors are not eligible for this award.)

The Goulandris Summer Internship Award for Environmental Sciences offers financial assistance of $2,500 to one student pursuing an unpaid summer internship. This student must be an Environmental Science major or minor.

This internship opportunity is open to first years, sophomores, juniors, and continuing seniors (graduating in December) who plan to complete an unpaid summer internship.

The deadline for this application is April 15, 2021.

For complete information about this award and application instructions, click here.

Apply using the red Apply Here button at the top of this webpage.

The Human-Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) program is a unique undergraduate-graduate- faculty experience that engages in research on human-environment relationships in Massachusetts. HERO Fellows conduct hands-on research under the mentorship of Clark University faculty. The research conducted by HERO Fellows often leads to scholarly publications, presentations at academic conferences across the USA, and awards and honors.

HERO Fellows analyze the causes and consequences of global environmental changes at local scales in faculty-led research projects. Each Fellow is paired with a Clark faculty mentor and other researchers on the HERO team. Fellows will learn how to use various research methods such as GIS, remote sensing, geostatistical modeling, interviews and focus groups.

Based on a competitive application process, each year the HERO program selects a diverse group of undergraduate students to be HERO Fellows. HERO values students who demonstrate energetic and inquisitive minds, and who are fearless when charting new intellectual territory. Previous course work in research methods (Geog 141 or equivalent), and human or environmental geography — such as urban and population studies, GIS, landscape ecology, land-use planning, statistics and remote sensing — is helpful but not required.

The HERO award funds each student $3800 for an 8-week summer program, beginning June 21, 2021.

The deadline for this application is March 1, 2021. Please visit the website to learn more about the HERO Program. Apply using the Apply Here button at the top of this webpage.

Research/Projects

The Edwin A. Weiller Summer Fellowship Program in the Sciences provides support for undergraduate students pursuing summer research in Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics, and/or Environmental Sciences under the supervision of a Clark faculty member. Students pursuing research in Math and/or Computer Science may also apply for support if their proposed research has a strong nexus with one or more of the natural science fields listed above.

The amount of the award is $3,000. The fellowship will also provide additional funding towards the cost of housing, up to the amount of a double-sized room on campus during summer, available toward on-campus, local, or field summer housing, if the research is done at an off-site location.

The deadline for this application is 5:00 p.m. on April 9, 2021. For complete information about this award click here. Apply using the Apply Here button at the top of this webpage.

LEEP Fellowship Award offers financial assistance, up to $3,000, to students pursuing unpaid, problem-based projects or research during the summer months. This can be with either an external organization or with a Clark faculty or staff member. This summer experience should provide an opportunity to engage with others outside of Clark, offer real-world applications of course material, allow authentic problem-solving experiences, and serve as a capstone, or culminating experience.

LEEP Fellows also enjoy the following benefits:

  • LEEP Fellows receive 0.25 units of credit tuition-free during the summer of their project and have the fellowship appear on their Clark academic transcript.
  • Award recipients build a supportive, collaborative community of LEEP Fellows during the summer months through the Summer Funding Seminar, which meets virtually several times throughout the summer.

Eligibility

  • Current juniors and returning seniors (graduating in December) will be given priority for this program.
  • First-years and sophomores may be considered if the project is developmentally appropriate and you can make a compelling case as to how this project relates to your future goals.

**Application Deadline Extended: Rolling until May 1, 2021 (until funds are completely awarded).

For complete information about this award and application instructions, click here.

Click here to read about the 2020 Fellows and their projects

Apply using the Apply Here button at the top of this webpage.

In 2005, the family and friends of Clark alumnus David C. Steinbrecher ’81 created the Steinbrecher Fellowship Program with a generous gift that established a permanent endowment in memory of David that provides fellowships for Clark undergraduates to pursue original ideas, creative research, public service, or enrichment projects. The Steinbrecher Fellowship awards, given to 5-7students each year, is up to $5,000.

The Steinbrecher Fellowship also seeks to create and maintain a vibrant community of learners by bringing Fellows together with each other and with a small group of faculty mentors to share ideas, experiences, and intellectual excitement at dinners and other special gatherings several times during each academic year.

Fellows have pursued a wide variety of creative, research, and public service projects. These have included:

  • conducting experimental research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School on the role of an insulin receptor protein in regulating breast cancer metastasis;
  • conducting research on how the characteristics of the Native American flute reflect the traditions, mythology, and perspectives on life and nature of the people who made and play it by taking flute lessons from local native players, attending concerts and tribal powwows, and participating in a week-long Native American Flute Workshop in Montana;
  • touring and photographing the dramatic landscape in Iceland and preparing an exhibition and book with photos of Iceland;
  • teaching at a school and an orphanage in Lilongwe, Malawi, and researching how HIV/AIDS has affected the lives of children there;
  • working with the Climate Summer 2007 project, educating New Hampshire residents about global warming through town meetings, educational outreach, community-based discussions and presentations;
  • examining Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in China by interviewing workers at Microsoft and China Telecom;
  • examining the environmental impacts of high-tech gold mining underway in northern Finland.

Click here to read about the 2019 Fellows.
Click here to read about the 2020 Fellows.

Eligibility

Students who have completed (or will have completed by the end of the current academic year) at least two semesters at Clark and plan to return to Clark as an undergraduate student for the coming year are eligible for the fellowships.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2021.

For complete information about this award and application instructions, click here.

Apply using the Apply Here button at the top of this webpage.

The Tamara Gay Walker ’75 Award offers financial assistance of $2,500 to one student completing a summer project whose field of study and summer project lie within languages, comparative literature, or the arts.

**Application Deadline: 11:59 pm Saturday, April 3, 2021.

For complete information about this award and application instructions, click here.

Apply using the Apply Here button at the top of this webpage.

The Human-Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) program is a unique undergraduate-graduate-faculty experience that engages in research on human-environment relationships in Massachusetts. HERO Fellows conduct hands-on research under the mentorship of Clark University faculty. The research conducted by HERO Fellows often leads to scholarly publications, presentations at academic conferences across the USA, and awards and honors.

HERO Fellows analyze the causes and consequences of global environmental changes at local scales in faculty-led research projects. Each Fellow is paired with a Clark faculty mentor and other researchers on the HERO team. Fellows will learn how to use various research methods such as GIS, remote sensing, geostatistical modeling, interviews and focus groups.

Based on a competitive application process, each year the HERO program selects a diverse group of undergraduate students to be HERO Fellows. HERO values students who demonstrate energetic and inquisitive minds, and who are fearless when charting new intellectual territory. Previous course work in research methods (Geog 141 or equivalent), and human or environmental geography — such as urban and population studies, GIS, landscape ecology, land-use planning, statistics, and remote sensing — is helpful but not required.

The HERO award funds each student $3800 for an 8-week summer program, beginning June 21, 2021.

The deadline for this application is March 1, 2021. Please visit the website to learn more about the HERO Program.

Study Abroad

The Marshall Geer McKim Scholarship aims to provide financial support for students to study abroad who otherwise might not be able to due to financial hardships. Each spring, two to three students are awarded a scholarship, ranging from $500 to $1,000, to support their study abroad experience during the following fall semester. Find out more information by clicking here.

For more information on this award, please visit the Study Abroad website, and look under Clark Sponsored Scholarships. Apply using the Apply Here button at the top of this webpage.

Please note: Due to travel restrictions during the pandemic, this award is on pause. We will update this site once those restrictions are lifted.

Professor Zenovia Sochor taught comparative politics courses at Clark for almost two decades before her untimely death in 1998. She was known by students and colleagues as a gifted scholar, a valued friend, and a caring mentor. Alumni, friends, and colleagues have created the Zenovia Sochor Memorial Fund to provide support to Clark students for study abroad. The $500.00 Sochor award is given to a student each year.

For more information on this award, please visit the Study Abroad website, and look under Clark Sponsored Scholarships. Apply using the Apply Here button at the top of this webpage.

Please note: Due to travel restrictions during the pandemic, this award is on pause. We will update this site once those restrictions are lifted.

The funding opportunities below have their own individual application processes. Please contact the office or individual listed under each program.

Other Funding Opportunities

The Albert, Norma, and Howard Geller ’77 Endowed Research Awards fund independent research that promotes environmental and resource sustainability. This award, of up to $2,500, is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Funds can be used anytime between January 1 and December 31.

The deadline for the 2021 Award application is October 23, 2020. Visit the Geller Student Research Award website (https://www.clarku.edu/centers/marsh-institute/student-opportunities/geller-research-fellowships/) for more information.

This is an invitation for all undergraduates on our campus to design grassroots projects for peace anywhere in the world.

The selected submission will be funded at levels up to $10,000 and implemented during the summer of 2021.  Project proposals may take on any focus that student applicants choose — although the fundamental purpose is to use creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in developing ideas designed to build peace in the 21st Century.

Individuals or teams (within Clark) are eligible to apply. All undergraduates (including seniors) are eligible.

Proposal Q&A, Deadlines and Calendars, Budget Template Forms and more are found here: http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/qa.

Review criteria will include 1) evidence of student preparation, 2) ability to implement the project effectively, and 3) the sustainability of the idea.

We strongly suggest that you consult with Jessica Bane-Robert, Director of the Office of Prestigious Fellowships and Scholarships (jrobert@clarku.edu) as you develop your ideas, write your draft, and complete the final proposal. You will also need to obtain a faculty mentor, and include their letter of support with your proposal.

Completed proposals should be sent electronically Kim Fisher (klfisher@clarku.edu) in the Dean of the College Office by December 14, 2020. Late proposals will not be accepted.

The Dean of the College will convene a committee consisting of faculty and staff to review student proposals. The committee will review all submissions and finalists (1-2) will be forwarded to the Davis UWC Scholars Program in early February 2021. Final selections will be announced in March 2021. Alternate selections (if any) will be announced in April 2021.

This generous scholarship allows a Clark undergraduate or graduate student to conduct research with an organization in Luxembourg or the U.S., usually for eight weeks during the summer, to acquire professional experience in an international setting while learning more about Luxembourg. Recent graduates also may be selected.

Currently, we are able to provide internship opportunities in Luxembourg with an environmental research organization, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology; a national museum, the Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art; and a historical site, the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery, in conjunction with the American Battle Monuments Commission. Students are selected for these internships in November, with the support of a Clark tenure-line faculty adviser.

For more information on these internship opportunities, please contact The Leir Luxembourg Program.

Thanks to the generosity of Holocaust and Genocide Studies donors, we offer $3,500 stipends to support undergraduate summer experiences in the United States and abroad.

To be eligible for this internship, a student must be a first-year, sophomore, or junior Clark University undergraduate (class of 2022, 2023, or 2024).

The deadline for this application is  5 PM pm March 19, 2021.

For full application details, click here.

For questions, contact Professor Shelly Tenenbaum (stenenbaum@clarku.edu).

Generous alumni gifts allow the Multicultural and First Generation Student Support Office to offer a limited number of annual scholarships to help students advance their goals of studying abroad or completing internships. Domestic students of color and/or first-generation Clark University undergraduates may apply for these scholarships in order to make co-curricular experiences more financially accessible.

Please refer to the Multicultural and First Generation Student Support web pages for more information.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, but the deadlines to be eligible for funding are as follows:

  • Experiences in Fall 2020, Winter Intersession 2021 and Spring 2021: Rolling
  • Experiences in Summer 2021: March 11, 2021.

The Robert J. S. Ross Social Justice Summer Internship stipend is open to Clark Undergraduate students. The recipient of the Fellowship will receive a $2,500 stipend to support a summer internship in a social justice organization.

To be eligible for this internship, a student must be a first-year, sophomore, or junior Clark University undergraduate (class of 2022, 2023, or 2024).

Your application should include:

(1) A cover letter that:

  • Identifies possible internship site(s).
  • Discusses the mission of the host organization and its commitment to social, economic or environmental justice.
  • Details what steps you have taken to secure the internship, including contacting staff or any letters of intent. Final arrangements for the internship are not required at the time of application.
  • Discusses the internship in relation to your academic curriculum and/or career aspirations.
  • Explains whether the internship will be remote or in-person; if the latter, explains how you and the organization plan to follow all relevant CDC guidelines for the COVID–19 pandemic to minimize risk for yourself and others.

(2) A copy of your most current academic transcript.

(3) A recommendation letter from a faculty member to be sent to Professor Deborah Merrill at: dmerrill@clarku.edu.

The deadline for this application is 5 p.m. Friday, April 9, 2021. Contact Professor Merrill to submit the applications, or for more information.

Info session March 10, 2021. For details and a link click here.

The Sara Bickman Music and Arts Summer Internship Award was established by James Bickman, a member of the class of 1939, and his sons Martin and David Bickman, in memory of his wife and their mother, Sara Bickman. The fund is used to support summer internships for undergraduate students majoring in the visual and performing arts. Awards are made to students in their junior year for projects to be conducted between their junior and senior years.

The deadline to apply is noon, Friday, March 19, 2021.

Proposals should be sent to the department administrator, Christina McGovern at ChMcGovern@clarku.edu.

Questions can also go to Christina, or to Ben Korstvedt – bkorstvedt@clarku.edu.

To learn more about the award and how to apply please see the full description.

The Student Sustainability Fund funds student-designed and student-led sustainability-based projects at Clark. The projects must measurably reduce Clark’s environmental footprint, per the current SSF guidelines/charter. Projects are generally actual physical improvements to campus or infrastructure, such as the purchase of electric vehicles to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, supplying dorm-room recycle bins to reduce waste, or collaborating with Grounds Dept. to install pollinator gardens that reduce irrigation and water use. The possibilities are endless!

Applications are open to undergraduates and funding varies.

The SSF is open to rolling applications until all funds are awarded. All applications will go through the same review by the SSF Committee on an on-going basis. Award amounts vary and can range anywhere between $20-$20,000.

The first step of the SSF Application Process as spelled out in the SSF Guidelines Article VI, Section 6.1 is a consult with the SSF Committee during their regular office hours (office hours this semester are every Wednesday via Zoom https://clarku.zoom.us/j/94295802839). During the consult, project ideas are discussed, refined, and then the applicant will complete the Project Application on the website (a Qualtrics survey). The Guidelines also provide project requirements and the process in Article I, Article III, and Article IV.

For more information, click here. Contact Jenny Isler, Director of Sustainability, with questions.

The Ureka Challenge funds entrepreneurs and their ventures. This award provides $100 of seed money at the beginning of the process to invest in the student’s venture. Then, at the end of the process, students present the outcome of their investment to a panel of alumni judges for the chance to be awarded up to an additional $5000. Applications are open October 10-28th.

For more information, or to apply, go to: www.clarkstudentventures.com/ureka

Contact Information

Career Connections Center

Office Location
  • Shaich Family Alumni and Student Engagement Center (ASEC Building)
    939 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610
  • 1-508-793-7258
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Career Lab Hours
  • The Career Lab offers on-demand reviews of resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles 12 – 4 pm weekdays. Upload your documents, or make an appointment for the Career Lab on Handshake!