Student Funding

  • Student Research

    Research Stipends

    To foster vigorous and independent humanistic scholarship by Haverford students, HCAH offers research stipends supporting:

    • Travel to professional conferences
    • Travel to cultural events integral to a research or creative project
    • Travel to libraries, collections, or museums for research
    • Obtaining materials needed for a research project unavailable in Tri-Co collections

    A faculty letter of recommendation is not required; however, we ask that you discuss your proposal with a faculty member with whom we may be in touch if there are additional questions.

    Proposals should include:

    • Name/class year
    • Major, minor/concentration
    • Faculty sponsor name and email address(be sure to tell your faculty sponsor you'll be putting down his/her name)
    • A description of your project; how will you utilize the funding? How does the project relate to your coursework? Timeline?
    • A detailed, itemized budget of expenses (travel, lodging, etc.)

    Deadline: Rolling
    Up to $400


    View Past Research Stipends

    Summer Research Fellowships

    These competitive grants are designed to support thesis-related or otherwise substantive research projects, enabling students to spend the summer visiting archives, learning a language necessary to scholarship, or dedicating their time to a focused program of reading.

    Students proposing a research project should work closely with a faculty member and Library staff to articulate a focused question, problem, or area of study to be explored; if proposing travel, students must verify in consultation with Library staff or faculty member that the suggested location of research is necessary to the project. Students must also demonstrate prior interest and background in the proposed area of study, having ideally taken at least one course at an advanced level in that field.

    Summer Research Fellowships may last up to 10 weeks in length. Fellows must propose a research budget that includes food, lodging, travel, commuting costs, and any related research expenses particular to the project (admission to libraries, archives, museums, galleries, or relevant performances; the purchase of books, films, or other texts). Students receiving financial aid who have a summer earnings contribution may apply to the Hurford Center for supplemental support.

    Throughout the summer, students will contribute to the Hurford Center's blog Decentered, documenting their work. Students will also present their summer research at a "Works-in-Progress" reception in the fall, hosted by the Center.

    The Center also encourages creative, continuing projects inspired by or based on summer research, including small exhibitions, student-led reading groups, Body Text/Margin essays, and any other endeavors that will bring student research into public discourse at Haverford.


    Deadline: Friday, March 21st 2014
    Generally up to $4,300 per award

    Rising juniors and seniors working in the humanities or text-based social sciences at Haverford (and Bryn Mawr students majoring at Haverford), are eligible to apply.


    View Past Fellowships

  • Internships
    Students in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Photo: Brad Larrison.

    Summer Internships offer rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors apprenticeships at arts and culture organizations. Past interns have used their experiences for thesis projects, professional connections, and artistic endeavors. Some have opted to continue their work with the organization on a volunteer basis during the academic year. The Hurford Center currently supports four types of internships: Philly Partners, Self-Designed, Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Summer Museum Studies, and Library-Hurford Center Exhibits Internships.

    • The Center provides a base stipend of $4300+ for 10 weeks of summer work for all interns, which goes toward food, housing, and other living expenses at each student’s discretion. Depending on the location of a Self-Designed Internship, the stipend may be adjusted for places with a higher cost of living.
    • The Center will reimburse commuting costs for all interns. Should students be working outside the Philadelphia area, the Center will provide travel costs to the host organization's city from Haverford, as well as any commuting costs once students are there.
    • All Summer Interns work with Associate Director Emily Cronin to decide the best way to share their experiences with the broader community. This could include blogging the experience for the College website, giving a public presentation in the fall, creating a publication, or mounting a small exhibition, if appropriate.

    Note: The Hurford Center staff has worked with other Philadelphia area organizations and may be able to help if a student does not see a Philly Partner that offers the sort of experience he or she is particularly interested in. The staff has contacts beyond the region as well.


    Because these internships are competitive, the Center strongly encourages students to explore all four parts of the program and consider applying for multiple opportunities. Bryn Mawr students majoring at Haverford may apply.

    View Past Internships

    Philly Partners Internships

    Philadelphia is home to an extraordinary array of arts and culture institutions with national reputations, and HCAH has built strong relationships with a number of them. Students apply to this program internally; host organizations then interview students and make their own selections around spring break.

    Deadline: Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    Open to current first-years, sophomores, and juniors.
    Six Philly Partners Internships available for summer 2014:
    Pig Iron Theatre Company; The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia; The Ward (Formerly Mapping Du Bois) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design; The Pennsylvania Humanities Council; The Historical Society of Pennsylvania; FringeArts.


    Self-Designed Internships

    Students independently identify suitable arts and culture opportunities across the country; after making a primary contact within the host organization / project partner, they then craft a summer project proposal, detailing their intended role with the organization for approximately eight weeks across the months of June, July, and August.

    Deadline: Letter of Intent: Friday, February 7, 2014;
    Final Proposal: Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    Open to current sophomores and juniors.
    Two Self-Designed Internships available for summer 2014.


    Philadelphia Museum of Art Summer Museum Studies Internships

    The Hurford Center funds all students who accepted into The Philadelphia Art Museum's Museum Studies Internship Program (June 9- August 8, 2014 TBC).

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a leader in the training and mentoring of young museum professionals and future museum colleagues. The Museum Studies Internship Program provides interns with exposure to the inner workings of a major metropolitan museum, promoting an awareness of museum careers through experiences not available in most academic settings. The Museum selects a diverse group of talented undergraduate and graduate students from a highly competitive regional, national and international pool of candidates.

    Students apply directly to the Philadelphia Museum of Art; full details and application materials may be found on their site.

    Note: In order to be eligible for Hurford Center support, you must notify Associate Director Emily Cronin upon applying to the PMA.


    Deadline: Applications must be postmarked to the Philadelphia Museum of Art by Friday, January 31st, 2014.

    Open to sophomores through graduating seniors.


    Hurford Center & Center for Peace and Global Citizenship Joint Internship

    This summer, the HCAH and the CPGC offer a joint international internship to work in Paris as an editorial assistant at Les Humanoides Associes, French publisher since 1974 of bandes dessinees for adults in the genres of science fiction, modem adventure, and crime fiction.

    Students apply through the Hurford Center; the HCAH and CPGC Steering Committees will jointly participate in the final intern selection, with the CPGC providing a pre-departure orientation.

    Based in Paris, Les Humanoides Associes has an American office in Los Angeles, which produces English versions of titles for an international audience. Between 50 and 60 titles are published by the Humanoides per year. David Sedley (French) is the faculty sponsor for this year's internship.

    A small company with approximately ten full-time employees plus interns, Les Humanoides Associes enjoys a prestigious heritage stemming from the magazine Metal Hurlant, founded by Moebius, Philippe Druillet, and Jean-Pierre Donnet in France and known in the Anglophone world as Heavy Metal. This magazine revolutionized the medium of the bande dessinee and has influenced generations of authors and filmmakers.

    The intern will be involved the editorial process from the delivery of initial panels by artists to the diffusion of final products, including:

    • correcting page proofs
    • working with in-house collaborators such as colorists and letterers
    • researching material for reissues
    • proof-reading commercial advertisements
    • checking sheets to be printed
    • archiving
    • translating (French-English, English-French)
    • verifying on-line versions of works for publisher's website

    Deadline: Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

    Open to current sophomores through graduating seniors.

    French language proficiency required.


  • The Student Arts Fund

    The Student Arts Fund help students pursue creative interests that build upon and go beyond the offerings of our formal curriculum. Funding is granted across a range of projects, including but in no way limited to:

    • the mounting of exhibitions and installations
    • production costs for performances
    • film production
    • student travel to area exhibitions and performances
    • art supplies
    • bringing guest instructors, performers, and artists to campus for workshops and performances

    The Hurford Center and the Office of Student Activities prioritize proposals that work toward a specific vision, creation, or performance beyond the normal scope of already-supported club activities.

    Special Note: Decisions are made on a rolling basis each semester up until two specific dates. Applications will be reviewed and approved prior to these final deadlines, and there is no guarantee that funding for the semester will be left by those final deadlines; thus, you should submit your proposal as early in the semester as possible.

    Students provide a report about their funded experience, to be shared with the donor along with a copy of the funded proposal.

    More information:
    James Weissinger, HCAH Associate Director—Media and Programs Development
    Lilly Lavner, Coordinator of Student Activities and Leadership


    Deadlines: Fall: Sunday, November 3rd, 2013;
    Spring: Sunday, March 2nd, 2014.

    You may apply each semester up until these deadlines.
    $5000 available each semester


    View Past Student Arts Funding

  • The E. Clyde Lutton 1966 Memorial Fund for Performance

    Funding for the planning, organization, promotion, and production of performing arts or film is available through the E. Clyde Lutton 1966 Memorial Fund and the Hurford Center.

    This grant is open to performers, technicians, filmmakers, directors, creators, designers, mixed-media installation artists and anybody else who may be interested in producing crisp, challenging performing arts and film at Haverford.

    Clyde Lutton '66 loved Haverford for its beauty, its academic rigor, and its ever-present but evolving focus on honor, dignity, and worth. He also loved theatre and the performing arts. Whether as actor, director, lighting technician, stage hand, or set designer; whether it was theatre, dance, or choral work, Clyde seized every opportunity to participate. Performance allowed him the freedom to grow and develop as a complete person, to try new things, to succeed and to fail, and to try again.

    • The performance/screening should take place sometime during the 2013-14 academic year.
    • The purpose of the grant is to enrich student life by encouraging students to take an active role in the production process, not to import performances from outside the college. Applications representing any of the performing arts will be considered on equal footing.
    • Special consideration will be given to productions whose potential appeal extends as far into the greater Haverford Community as possible. The criterion is breadth of inclusion, and its purpose here is to encourage works that will have meaning not only for students, faculty, administration and staff, but to the broader community as well.
    • Additional consideration will be given to productions that encourage collaboration between and among different disciplines within the performing arts.
    • Students staging or filming creative class or thesis projects are strongly encouraged to apply.
    • Grantees will provide a report about their experience upon the project’s completion; the Hurford Center will share with the donor a copy of the accepted proposal as well as the report.

    More Information:
    Emily Cronin, HCAH Associate Director–Programs Coordination & Administration Emily Cronin at


    Deadline: Fall: Friday, October 24th, 2014

    Up to $3500

    View an example of a successful past proposal.


    View Past Lutton Funding