Student Funding Opportunities

The Leir Institute offers two summer funding opportunities to current Fletcher students: Capstone Research Grants and Internship Funding Grants. 

Capstone Research Grants provide up to $2,000 in funding for summer field research in support of capstone projects. The grant application requires a 1-2 page research proposal, a detailed budget, and a letter of support from the applicant’s capstone advisor. If an applicant’s research requires IRB approval, it is expected that approval has already been granted or the research protocol is already under review. Successful applicants will be required to present their research during the fall semester at a Leir-sponsored event. 

Internship Funding Grants offer up to $2,000 in funding for low- or unpaid summer internships relating to migration or human security. The internship must run for at least 160 hours over 4-8 weeks and applicants must submit an offer letter with their application.  Successful applicants will be required to submit a one-page summary report in September detailing their experience. Please note: Leir internship funding may not be combined with any other Fletcher internship funding (I.e., Office of Career Services funding). 

Application Process 

  • Applications generally open in early April and close in early May.  
  • Applications must be submitted via Google Form; email applications may not be considered. 
  • Questions about the grants or application process should be directed to Leir project manager Jacob Ewing (jacob.ewing@tufts.edu) 

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