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The Boston College Advanced Study Grants (ASGs) were established to encourage support and give visible recognition to undergraduates who have that special spark of scholarly initiative and imagination. Students with these qualities should also be thinking of themselves as prospective candidates for national fellowships such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Goldwater, or Truman. An ASG for a summer project can be an important step along the way.

Advanced Study Grants are offered in multiple categories:

  • Advanced Study Grants (primarily Freshmen & Sophomores)
  • Advanced Study Grants in the Arts
  • Advanced Study Grants for Language Acquisition
  • Advanced Study Grants for Thesis Research (Juniors)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Advanced Study Grants
  • Institute on Aging Advanced Study Grants

Advanced Study Grants:

These are awarded for summer research or projects that promise to accelerate dramatically the applicant's progress in the major field of study. The intent of this program is to encourage undergraduates to acquire skills that will make more sophisticated research and study possible during their junior and senior years. Proposed projects must be independent, student-designed projects. Applications for students working on faculty research projects will not be considered. Preference is given to freshmen and sophomores.

Advanced Study Grants in the Arts:

These are to encourage and support freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who show initiative and imagination in the performing, literary, and visual arts. These grants are awarded for summer "skill acquisition" projects that promise to accelerate significantly the applicant's progress in the artistic field of study.

Advanced Study Grants for Language Acquisition:

These grants offer support for freshmen and sophomores who wish to acquire language skills deemed necessary for advanced academic work that students might not otherwise be able to acquire through normal coursework at Boston College. For example, students have used these grants to take intensive foreign language courses through other universities in the United States and abroad, or to participate in immersive foreign cultural programs of which language acquisition are a substantial part. Please note that many of these programs are expensive, and the typical award amount may not be enough to cover the entire expense, but is intended only to help defray the overall cost.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Advanced Study Grants:

These grants are funded by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee at Boston College and are offered to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors for summer projects that embody the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and advance non-violent initiatives in civil rights, equal rights, and economic and social justice. For example, grants could support acquisition of skills in working with disenfranchised individuals or groups within the United States, visiting specialized libraries or archives, or advancing language skills to enhance a service or research trip to under-served areas within the United States or abroad. Proposals, particularly those for projects in another country, should clearly note the relevance of the project to the works and goals pursued by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Institute on Aging Advanced Study Grants:

These grants are funded by the Boston College Institute on Aging and are offered to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors for summer projects that explore the spiritual, physical, social, financial, and emotional dimensions of well-being of older adults and their families. For example, grants could support acquisition of skills in working with older adults or research into policies and practices—including policies and practices in other countries—that might enhance the quality of life, quality of care, and vitality among America’s aging population and their families.

Advanced Study Grants for Thesis Research:

These grants are supported by special funding through the ACC-IAC Creativity and Innovation Program of the Atlantic Coast Conference. There are two categories of Grants for Thesis Research. Grants are awarded for skill acquisition or preliminary research conducted during the summer before senior year to make possible more creative and ambitious senior projects. These grants might be used, for example, to visit and exploit archives and special collections, to acquire advanced skills in data collection or analysis, to conduct interviews, or to improve language fluency—anything that promises to enhance dramatically what the applicant will be able to achieve in a Senior Thesis or Scholar of the College project. The grant activity must be carried out during the summer prior to senior year, not during senior year itself.