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Community Commons Summer Grants

The Community Commons Summer Grants allow Hampshire students to apply for funding from several different grant programs using a shared application. Funding is for summer internships and projects, and is generally limited to $3,500 per student.

Summer 2021 Deadline: April 12

The Community Commons Grant program will offer student grants to support cost of living and other expenses for projects and internships that can be conducted either on-site or remotely from June to August 2021. College sponsorship of domestic travel for academic purposes only will be allowed. Students receiving this funding are expected to adhere to all quarantine or other travel requirements in both their destination and return locations. International college-sponsored travel is still suspended (exceptions will require Presidential approval) and therefore funding may only support domestic travel expenses. If you have questions about whether or not your proposal can be sponsored by a grant, please reach out to the contact people listed below.

Any student who has at least one semester remaining, is in good academic standing, and has financial need is eligible to apply for grant funding; individual programs may have additional eligibility guidelines. Internships and projects must have a supervisor or mentor who can consistently supervise the applicant remotely, whether with an organization or while pursuing self-designed work.

Grant-making programs are excited to connect with students and continue the legacy of summer funding for work that puts theory into real world contexts. The shared application process outlined below is for summer grants from the Career Options Resource Center, Community Partnerships for Social Change, Critical Studies of Childhood, Youth & Learning, Culture Brain & Development, Ethics and the Common Good, and James Baldwin Scholars Program.

Community Commons Summer Grants Shared Application

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Faculty Statement of Support (for faculty to submit)

Link to faculty support form

Organization Statement of Support (for your organization supervisor or collaborator to submit)

Link to organization support form

How to Apply

  1. Set up a REMOTE summer internship or project. If you already have an internship that got canceled because of the COVID-19 situation, try discussing with them the possibility of doing the internship remotely. If you are looking for a new internship or project, it might be best to contact organizations or faculty with whom you have a previous relationship. Remote internships can be found online, but they can be hard to get. Networking through your personal and academic contacts is likely your best bet for finding a remote internship.
  2. Read through the list below to learn more about each grant and identify the ones that you can apply for. You are encouraged to reach out to the contact person for the grants you are considering to ask if your internship or project is a good fit.
  3. Once you determine which grants are a good fit, look at the application and work on your answers offline. We encourage you to get help if needed. You can seek help from the contact person for any of the grants you're applying for, the Writing Center, the Career Options Resource Center, your faculty advisor, or any other faculty or staff that you feel would be helpful.
  4. Talk with your faculty member and your internship/project supervisor (if you are working with an organization) about the statement(s) of support you will need, and email them a link to this page or directly to the appropriate form. See below for advice on how to get these statements. The online statements of support must be submitted in order to receive funding.
  5. Apply for all the grants you qualify for by submitting just ONE online application by the deadline. Check with your faculty and internship supervisors to make sure they have submitted their statements of support. It is your responsibility to work with them to make sure this happens. However, even if you don't yet have your statements of support, you must submit an application by the deadline in order to be considered. As long as you submit an application by the deadline, even if it's incomplete, we will work with you.
  6. If you would like to confirm that your application was received, check with the contact person for ONE of the grants for which you applied. If it was received by one, it was received by all.

How to get your statement(s) of support

Have a conversation with your faculty member and internship/project supervisor (if you are working with an organization), explaining that you are applying for grant funding. Ask if they would be willing to fill out a brief online statement of support for you. Send them an email with a link to this page and instructions on which form to submit. You can help them by saying "click the yellow button" or "click the purple button" as appropriate. Explain that this is a required part of your application for grant funding, without which you will not be eligible. Give them plenty of time (2-4 weeks, if possible), and ask them to notify you when they have submitted the form. Be very clear about the deadline, and it is okay to email gentle reminders. Remember to express your gratitude for their help! IMPORTANT: If you are doing an academic project, your faculty statement of support must come from the faculty person who is supervising your project.


If you have a question about the application process or a technical issue, please contact the Career Options Resource Center at

Community Commons Summer Grants

CPSC Social Justice Scholars

Contact: Mary Bombardier
Description: Assists students with the costs of interning for nonprofit organizations of their choice in the U.S. whose work must be social justice/social change-oriented. The internship must also relate to and inform the students’ Division II academic work.
Award: Up to $3,000 per student; 5 grants are awarded.
Eligibility: Hampshire College students at the Division II level and on financial aid

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Charley Richardson 70F Award 

Contact: Sharόn Friedner
Description: This award provides an opportunity to pursue work related to community organizing and the building of social justice movements in direct collaboration with community members. The award is designed to support activities that involve and/or promote activist organizing and will serve to strengthen the power of those whose voices are essential to changing a harmful status quo.
Award: $1480 to be distributed; 1-2 grants are awarded.
Eligibility: Hampshire College students in good academic standing

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Culture, Brain and Development Program (CBD) Funding for Internships and Projects

Contact: Amy Dryansky
Description: CBD grants support transdisciplinary research projects and internships that engage two of the three CBD focus areas: culture, mind/brain, and human growth and development. Applicants should clearly articulate how their work will address at least two of the three CBD focus areas. Please look at the CBD web page for more information and examples of funded student projects, and read Understanding CBD before you apply.
Award: Up to $1000 per student
Eligibility: Division II or III students with good academic standing, in any school or discipline, whose work is related to the CBD focus areas are encouraged to apply.

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Ethics and the Common Good Summer Internship Award

Contact: Teal Van Dyck
Description: The Ethics and the Common Good Project offers grant funding to assist current students with costs of living while interning for a mission-driven organization of their choice or conducting a self-designed project with a designated mentor or supervisor. The organization’s mission or project goals must be aligned with the Ethics and the Common Good Project’s mission and values, and the proposed internship or project must be an integral part of the students’ academic work.
Award: Up to $3,500 per student; 8-12 grants are awarded
Eligibility: Div II and III students in good academic standing. Priority given to Division II students on financial aid.

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Human Rights Fund

Contact: Ernie Alleva
Description: Funding to support students doing a Division II or III project or internship that directly supports, examines, or raises awareness of human rights or social justice.
Award: $1,250; 1-2 grants are awarded.
Eligibility: Hampshire College students with demonstrated financial need doing Division II or III work in any school or field

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James Baldwin Div II and Div III Internship Grant

Contact: Karina Fernandez
Description: Assists Division II and III James Baldwin Scholars with the costs of doing an internship or project that relates directly to the students’ academic goals and career interests.
Award: Up to $3,000 per student; 4-6 grants are awarded.
Eligibility: Division II and III James Baldwin Scholars in good academic standing

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Smith-Barr Internship Award

Contact: Sharόn Friedner
Description: Funding from the Iris Barr and the Professor Emeritus David Smith Internship Awards have been combined to provide one larger award to support an internship with an organization focused on the environment, environmental sustainability, or indigenous communities in either the U.S. or the developing world.
Award: $2340 to be distributed; 1-2 grants are awarded.
Eligibility: Hampshire College students in good academic standing who are currently receiving financial aid (or can otherwise demonstrate financial need). Funding is available for any currently enrolled student who is returning to Hampshire in the fall. Students planning to be on leave for the fall must doing a field study and not a leave of absence.

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