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Social Justice Summer Grants

Hampshire offers students the opportunity to apply for funding for social justice-related summer internships and projects through a centralized online application process. Funding is generally limited to $3500 per student.

Social Justice Summer Grants 2019: Deadline Monday, April 15

Social Justice Summer Grant Application


Faculty Statement of Support (for faculty to submit)

Submit Faculty Statement

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

Submit Organization Statement

How to Apply

  1. Set up a summer internship or project. We advise you to start this process early in the spring semester. For help, reach out to your faculty advisor or staff in any of the programs below.
  2. Read through the list below to learn more about each grant and identify the ones that you can apply for. We STRONGLY encourage you to MEET WITH THE CONTACT PERSON for each grant you are considering. Meeting with the contact person will save you time by helping you understand if your proposal 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.
  4. Talk with your faculty 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 for your application to be considered.
  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.
  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

Social Justice Summer Grant List

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.A. 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 $3000 per student; 10 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: Up to $2200 to be distributed; 1-2 grants are awarded.
Eligibility: Hampshire College students in good academic standing

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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 up to $3,500 to assist current students with the cost of living while interning for a mission-driven organization of their choice. The organization’s mission must be aligned with the Ethics and the Common Good Project’s mission and values, and the proposed internship must be an integral part of the students' academic work. 
Award: Up to $3500 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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Global Migrations Internship Grant

Contact: Mary Bombardier
Description: Assists students with the costs of interning for nonprofit, non-governmental organizations concerned with transnational migration, human rights, citizenship, security, and other social justice issues that arise from the movements of persons across national and cultural boundaries.
Award: Up to $2800 to be distributed; 1-2 grants are awarded.
Eligibility: Hampshire College students at the Division II or III level.

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Human Rights Fund

Contact: Sue Darlington
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: Up to $1500 to be distributed; 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 student's academic goals and career interests.
Award: Up to $3000 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.A. or the developing world.
Award: Up to $2600 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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