The Richard H. Goodwin Environmental Research Fellowship was created in honor of the late Richard H. "Dick" Goodwin, Katharine Blunt Professor Emeritus of Botany, Director of the Connecticut College Arboretum, and nationally acclaimed land preservationist. The award was made possible by a generous gift from the Conservation and Research Foundation, an organization founded by Richard Goodwin in the 1950s.

The Richard H. Goodwin Environmental Research Fellowship is designed to support student research toward an honors thesis in an environmental field and is open to all majors at the College. Awards may total up to $12,000 and are available to support research activities throughout the summer and following academic year, including a summer research stipend, travel and supplies.


Juniors in any major planning to conduct Honors thesis research in AY24/25 with a theme of environmental science, environmental stewardship, conservation or sustainability are eligible to apply. Students should have established a faculty thesis adviser at the time of application and plan to register for one year of Honors Study credit (497/498) during their senior year.

Applications are due April 21, 2024

How to apply

Students should submit a short research proposal (3-5 pages or 1500-2500 words), a one-page budget request, unofficial transcript, resume and three letters of recommendation, including one letter from the faculty thesis adviser. If funding is requested to support a summer internship that is off-campus and not supervised by a member of the College faculty (see below), a letter from the sponsoring organization or supervisor should also be included. This letter may be either supplemental (i.e., a fourth letter) or one of the three required.

Allowable expenses

The one-page budget request should list proposed expenses and provide a brief justification for each. Allowable expenses include a $4000 summer research stipend, supplies, travel to conduct field or library research, travel and registration to present research at a conference or professional meeting, and costs of publication. Small equipment and other expenses may also be allowable. Summer internships that are off-campus and not supervised by a member of the College faculty are allowable but must be integral to the thesis research. In order to cover conference participation and publications, eligible expenses may be incurred through Aug 31, 2025.

Where to submit

Application materials, including letters of recommendation, should be sent to by April 21, 2024.