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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.

Questions? We encourage all students to schedule an advising session with our funding advisor through Handshake (click on Career Center, then Career Connections Center, then Opportunity Funding). If you have any further questions about these opportunities, contact opportunity Funding at opportunityfunding@clarku.edu prior to starting the application process.

Potential required documentation and considerations

What I Need to Apply Grid

This grid itemizes all items needed for award applications that use the Centralized Application Portal. Use each award informational sheet (found in the drop-down sections below) for further information on what each item requires.

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

Healthy Clark Guidelines

Students applying for in-person off-campus opportunities will need to show proof their organization is following safe COVID protocols that align with Clark policy. This can be in the form of a screenshot or HR documentation of guidelines/policy.

Assumption of Risk Waiver

This waiver must be completed for all awards received through the Centralized Application Portal.

Institutional Review Board (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.

Curricular Practical Training (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

Please connect with the Study Abroad Office to better understand the current Clark-sponsored opportunity international travel restrictions at studyabroad@clarku.edu.

How to apply

After compiling all application items (review What I Need Grid in section above), use the button below to open the Centralized Application Portal.

Coming soon: 2022-2023 Application

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, 2023.

Complete information about this award and application instructions are here.

For questions, contact Rachel White, rawhite@clarku.edu.

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. Please download the award description for more information.

The deadline for this application is April 15, 2023.

Complete information about this award and application instructions are here.

For questions, contact Rachel White, rawhite@clarku.edu.

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.

For questions, contact Prof. Ramon Borges-Mendez (RBorgesMendez@clarku.edu).

The deadline for this application is March 25, 2023. 

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, 2023.

Complete information about this award and application instructions are here.

For questions, contact Rachel White, rawhite@clarku.edu.

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, 2022. Applications for Fellowships to support Summer or Fall Semester projects are due by noon on April 15, 2023.

For questions, contact the Political Science department.

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 requirements and application instructions are here.

The deadline for this application is April 15, 2023. 

For questions, contact the History department.

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

Thanks to a generous donation from Harrison Mackler ’07, Jason Pietrucha and Friends, Clark University is able to offer one or more Clark rising juniors or rising seniors up to $2,500 to support a summer research project in biology or biochemistry. This funded opportunity is open to rising juniors or seniors with a biology or biochemistry major completing summer research working with a Clark faculty member in the field or in their laboratory. Alternatively, they may pursue an independent research project in biology or biochemistry under the supervision of a Clark faculty member. Students are not eligible to receive more than one Harrison Mackler ’07, Jason Pietrucha and Friends Research award during their time at Clark. The research or project must be secured before the application deadline.

Apply by midnight on April 15, 2023. Apply using the Apply Here button at the top of this webpage. For complete information about this award and application instructions, click here.

For questions, contact Natalia Serna in the Biology Department, NSerna@clarku.edu.

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.

For questions, contact Prof. Yaa Poku, YPoku@clarku.edu.

The deadline for this application is March 31, 2023. 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 questions, contact Judith Barton in the Political Science Department, or visit the Political Science website.

The deadline for this application is May 15, 2023. 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, 2023.

Complete information about this award and application instructions are here.

For questions, contact Rachel White, rawhite@clarku.edu.

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

The Plave Family Research Fellowship provides one student, with a declared major in Biology or Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, up to $3,850 to support a fellowship centered on the pursuit of research in neuroscience—with a  preference for the fundamental science needed to understand, diagnose, and treat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

The deadline for this application is April 15, 2023.

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

For questions, contact Natalia Serna in the Biology Department, NSerna@clarku.edu

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 the summer semester.

The deadline for this application is March 1, 2023.

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 Science Fellowship 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 up to $5,000.

The deadline for this application is March 15, 2023.

For complete information about this award click here.

For questions, contact Rachel White, rawhite@clarku.edu.

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.

The priority deadline for this application is February 15, 2023. Rolling applications will be accepted until April 15, 2023.

Complete information about this award and application instructions are here.

For questions, contact Rachel White, rawhite@clarku.edu.

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.
Click here to read about the 2021 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.

The deadline for this application is February 15, 2023.

Complete information about this award and application instructions are here.

For additional questions, contact Prof. Nancy Budwig (nbudwig@clarku.edu).

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.

The deadline for this application is April 1, 2023.

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

For questions, contact Rachel White, rawhite@clarku.edu.

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 the summer semester.

The deadline for this application is March 1, 2023. Please visit the website to learn more about the HERO Program.

Study Abroad

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 this form.

The deadline for this award is October 31, 2022 at 12:00  noon EST. 

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 2 and December 31, 2022.

Questions may be directed to Dana Bauer, Assistant Director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute, dbauer@clarku.edu.

Application due date: Friday, October 21, 2022 at 4:30pm, EST

Visit the Geller Student Research Award website for more information. For questions contact Dana Bauer at DBauer@clarku.edu.

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.

Questions and completed proposals should be sent electronically Anne Harrington, AnHarrington@clarku.edu,  in the Dean of the College’s office.

The deadline to apply is December 20th, 2022.

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 2023. Final selections will be announced in March 2023. Alternate selections (if any) will be announced in April 2023.

The Endowed Student Research Fund in Honor of Denis A. Larochelle provides research grants to undergraduate and fifth year students in the Biological Sciences, including Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. This award provides up to $3500 for up to two students per year.

The deadline for this application is April 15, 2023.

How to apply: submit a research summary and a description of future goals, along with courses taken (maybe a transcript) to Prof. Larochelle (dlarochelle@clarku.edu).

For questions contact Prof. Larochelle (dlarochelle@clarku.edu).

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.

The deadline for this application is  5 PM pm March 1, 2023.

For full application details, click here.

For questions, contact Professor Ken Maclean at kmaclean@clarku.edu.

Generous alumni gifts allow the Office of Identity, Student Engagement, and Access (ISEA) 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 Identity, Student Engagement, and Access (ISEA) for more information.

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

  • Experiences in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023: Rolling
  • Experiences in Summer 2023: March 15, 2023.

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.

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 Rosalie Torres Stone at: rtorresstone@clarku.edu.

The deadline for this application is 5 p.m. March 15, 2023.

For questions, or to submit applications, contact Professor Shelly Tenenbaum at stenenbaum@clarku.edu.

Info session date TBA. 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, March 24, 2023.

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

For questions contact Christina McGovern at ChMcGovern@clarku.edu.or Hugh Manon at hmanon@clarku.edu.

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

The Jason Michael Simpkins Memorial Endowment for Screen Studies was established by Larry J. and Michelle Simpkins in memory of their son, Jason Michael Simpkins, a member of the class of 2005. The award is to assist undergraduate students with the expenses incurred in completion of a film and/or a piece of written research. The recipients should possess high academic ability in screen studies and exceptional character, with an intention to pursue a career or higher education in screen studies.
The deadline for applications is April 1, 2023, at 12 pm.
To learn more about the award and how to apply please see the full description.

The Student Sustainability Fund is expressly for student-led, student-designed collaborative projects that will measurably improve the campus’s environmental footprint. (For example, water bottle filling stations that reduce plastic bottle waste.) It does not fund research, salaries or travel, or anything non-tangible. All the information and documents about the SSF are available on the Sustainable Clark website here.

Applications are accepted and awarded on a rolling basis by the student SSF Committee.

For questions, contact the student SSF Committee, at SSF@clarku.edu, or Jenny Isler, Director of Sustainability, at jisler@clarku.edu.

The annual venture competition, Clark Tank, 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 and other venture growth to a panel of alumni judges for the chance to be awarded up to an additional $5000. Applications are open October 10 – October 28, 2022.

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

Career Connections Cash is a program that reimburses students for expenses associated with a pre-approved career-readiness or professional development-related day excursion or opportunity. All undergraduate students can apply and can receive up to $250 per academic year. 

List of Generally Approved Costs:  All costs are subject to review and approval by Clark Career Connections staff, but can include:

  • Public and private transportation to and from the opportunity
  • Parking not to exceed $25 per opportunity
  • Cost of job-fair, conference, or event admission
  • Food and beverage

Learn more here.

Schedule a Connections Cash Funding Appointment on Handshake

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
  • 1-508-421-3752 Fax
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!