Winter Study Fellowships

Fellowship applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on October TBD, 2023.

Winter Study Independent Projects (99s) are eligible for:

  • Roche and Gomez
  • Levien
  • Nadel
  • Gaudino (group projects only)

Winter Study thesis students can apply for:

  • Roche and Gomez

Please carefully review fellowship criteria and application process details.

  • For Winter Study, any upper class student pursuing independent research either through a Winter Study Independent Project (99) or through a thesis is eligible to apply for the Roche and Gomez Student Research Fellowship.

    Preference will be given to juniors for whom a proposed Winter Study 99 research project will catalyze a full-year honors thesis and to seniors doing a thesis or for whom a proposed Winter Study 99 research project will be their last opportunity to undertake advanced independent research at Williams. Though sophomores for whom the project might catalyze an independent study on the same or related topic are also eligible to apply, but much less likely to receive a fellowship due to priority going to juniors and seniors. Proposals are not limited to any specific academic discipline.

    In the past, this fellowship supported the following expenses:

    • Travel
    • Housing and food
    • Lab materials, equipment, books
    • Conferences

    The Roche and Gomez Student Research Fellowship does not support purchases for computers, laptops, and iPads.

  • The Levien Family Winter Study Journalism Fellowship provides one or two students the chance to pursue independent journalism projects through a Winter Study Independent Project (99) by providing them funding to travel and conduct reporting. The maximum award available to an individual student is $1500.

    A key goal of the award’s establishment is to augment the quality and reach of student journalism for the benefit of the entire Williams community. Therefore, award recipients will be required to produce a piece of journalism to be published in student media as the work product of the experience. Prior assurance from the editor of the Williams Record or a similar student news media organization that the final piece will be published is a key consideration for the committee in evaluating proposals. Ideally, ideas for stories that could be of interest to the Williams community could even come from the Williams Record editor.

  • The Nadel Fellowship supports independent research that allows students to:

    • pursue intensive language study while abroad during the Winter term; or
    • engage in projects or gain practical experience outside the United States.

    Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply, but the fellowship aims to benefit those students whose campus commitments preclude a semester abroad.

  • The Gaudino Fund offers Winter Study fellowships that promote group learning through self-reflection and immersive experiences either domestically or abroad. 

    Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply, but students must apply as a group (2-4 students). Students awarded a Gaudino Fellowship will each receive up to $2500 to support their project. 

    Successful Gaudino Fellowships are domestic or international group projects that:

    • are based on immersion experiences (ideally a home-stay; the group cannot stay in a hotel);
    • challenge one’s view of life and/or prod you into seeing the world through the eyes of others;
    • include joint or separate work/engagement internships; and
    • incorporate a structure to facilitate collaborative reflection, action and learning. 

    Each group must discuss their plans with the Gaudino Scholar (Amy Holzapfel) or director of the Center for Learning in Action (Paula Consolini) prior to submitting their proposal. Here are examples of past Gaudino Fellowships