Research & Travel Support

With support from several generous donors, College of the Atlantic offers financial assistance for student research and travel.

Beinecke Student Travel and Living Assistance Fund

This fund provides travel and living expenses associated with the inter-USA internship program. For more information contact Jill Barlow-Kelley or Steve Ressel.

The Shelby Cullom Davis Student International Studies Fund

The Shelby Cullom Davis Student International Advanced Studies Award supports students who are completing advanced work (individual or collaborative) in an international setting. The study must go beyond the content of a COA course and should be student-designed. Advanced study might be related to senior project research, an internship, an independent study, or student presentation at an international conference. The awards will support student transportation expenses up to $1,000. Students may apply more than once to this fund. In a typical year, 8–20 students receive awards. The International Studies Committee reviews proposals for these awards every term. Students should prepare their proposal at least 1 term prior to their travel. Direct questions about this award to Sarah Hall. Follow all guidelines when preparing the proposal and please be sure to include the official cover sheet with the proposal. If you have received one of these awards in the past, please complete a post-trip follow-up form to tell us about your experience.

Kathryn W. Davis Global and Civic Engagement
Fund for Peace

The Kathryn W. Davis Global and Civic Engagement Fund for Peace (DGCEFP) supports off-campus study in domestic and international settings for undergraduate and graduate students. These grants fund a wide range of activities from programs such as the Yucatan, CAVILAM in France, Tropical Marine Ecology in Costa Rica, as well as internships, residencies, and senior projects. The annual operating budget is approximately $40,000. The maximum amount of money awarded to any one student during his or her tenure at COA is $5,000. Currently awards range from $200 to $1000 with the majority in the $500 range. These funds specifically support program fees, airfare, and ground transportation (U.S. and abroad). Equipment requests are not granted. Additional proposed costs are evaluated by the DGCEFP selection committee. The DGCEFP guidelines include the following: eligibility criteria, selection parameters, and application requirements and procedure. Click here to access the cover sheet template. For more information, contact Steve Ressel.

Rabineau Student Senior Project and Professional Development Fund

The Louis and Mona Rabineau Scholarship Endowment Fund is designated for the enhancement of senior projects and student academic/professional development. Each year a portion of the monies available are devoted to both senior project enhancement (may not be used to do the project) (2/3) and student academic/professional development (1/3). Student academic/professional development activities include, but are not limited to, support for students to attend scientific meetings, conferences, libraries, special exhibitions, museums, etc. Research, books, equipment, and class field trips are not eligible for support under this fund. For more information, contact Marie Stivers.

Doug Rose GIS Enhancement Fund

This fund supports students attending conferences on the development and applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping software. For more information, contact Isabel Mancinelli.

Maurine and Robert Rothschild Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Fund

Established in 2004, this fund awards approximately $5,000 each year to support student-faculty collaborative projects. For more information, contact Marie Stivers.

Support COA Students

If you are interested in making a donation to one of these funds or to create a new fund to support student work, contact the Development Office.

In addition to these funds for student research and projects, COA offers a variety of need- and merit-based scholarships and fellowships. For details, please consult our financial aid web pages or contact Bruce Hazam, director of financial aid, at, or (207) 801-5645.



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