Winter Study Fellowships

  • The Gaudino Fellowship is designed to enable domestic or international projects that:

    1. Challenge one’s view of life and/or prod you into seeing the world through the eyes of others;
    2. Are based on immersion experiences (ideally a home-stay);
    3. Include joint or separate work/engagement internships; and
    4. Incorporate a structure to facilitate collaborative reflection, action and learning. Projects may be in any field, but require a focus on direct, immersive encounter with the unfamiliar and on self-reflection.

    Individuals cannot apply on their own; they must be a part of a group. Each group should have 2-4 students. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply. Each group must discuss with the Gaudino Scholar (Professor Jason Josephson Storm) prior to submitting their proposal.

    Each project should include homestays at the location. The group cannot stay in a hotel. Members of the group can be in the same general geographical location but typically should not stay together. They should meet regularly while there, but live with a local family.

    The proposal should include:

    • A brief description of the project, including a specific and substantive explanation of how the project fulfills the aims of the Gaudino Fellowship. It should also provide an overview of the work that will take place (e.g. internships, research, or volunteer work).
    • 1 page overview of the measures the students have taken to secure homestays at the location.
    • 1-2 page introduction of each group member and how this project will take each of them outside of their comfort zone.

    Decisions will be made by October 30, 2021. The group(s) chosen will present to the Gaudino Board at the weekend board meeting in the spring, typically in April. The group will also aim to have a campus presentation about their work once they return to Williams.

    Students who are awarded a Gaudino Fellowship will each receive up to $2500 to support their project.

    Once approved, registration will be under REL 23.

    The Gaudino Fellowship Application is due October 4, 2021.

  • 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 $1,500.

    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. This piece (or set of pieces) could replace, or complement, a formal written paper typical to receive credit for a 99 based on the discretion of the faculty sponsor and Winter Study faculty committee. 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 Levien Family Journalism Fellowship Application is due October 4, 2021.

  • For Winter Study, any upper class student who is 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 Roche and Gomez Student Research Fellowship Application is due October 4, 2021.