Research Funding Sources

A group of students in class The science center oversees a summer research program involving nearly 200 students, who live on campus and work intensively on research projects under the direction of Williams faculty members.  This program is made possible by substantial support of the institution, by external grants, and by a wide array of endowed funds.

Current institutional grants:

  • Allison Davis Research Fellowships (formerly Williams College Undergraduate Research Fellowships)
  • Fairchild Foundation Summer Scientific Research
  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships

Current faculty research grants supported by these private organizations and government agencies:

  • American Chemical Society – Petroleum Research Fund
  • American Physiological Society
  • Keck Geology Consortium
  • Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium
  • NASA
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Institutes of Health

Endowed College Funds which provide ongoing support:

  • Arnold Bernhard Foundation Endowed Summer Fellows Program
  • Bronfman Science Center Fund
  • Class of 1951 Summer Research Fellowship Fund
  • John & Louise Finnerty Class of 1971 Fund for Applied Mathematical Research
  • Herbert J. Louis 1950 Summer Science Research Fellowship
  • The John A. Lowe III 1973 Fund
  • J. Hodge Markgraf 1952 Summer Research Fellowship in Chemistry
  • Betty & Lewis Somers 1948 Student Summer Internship in Physics
  • Sperry Family Geosciences Fund
  • Thomas W. Synnott III 1958 Fund for Physics
  • Wege-Markgraf Fund in Chemistry
  • Williams Bicentennial Psychology Scholarship
  • Whitehead Scholars Program