Funded Summer Opportunities

The below information from the Summer 2022 cycle remains here as a placeholder for reference.
2023  information will be posted here early in the spring semester.


Oldenborg Grant and The Yidan Endowed Fund Summer 2022

We look forward to receiving applications from students who would benefit from the opportunity to immerse themselves in work towards a senior exercise or immerse themselves in an intensive language study program. These funds are meant to offset living expenses that would otherwise be met by income from a summer job.

Additionally, through the Yidan Endowed Fund for Transformative Learning Opportunities for the Study of Asia, Oldenborg is able to support other experiential learning opportunities that engage deeply with Asia (broadly conceived) and Asian cultures. Research, community engagement, and master classes are among the types of projects that will be considered.

The standard award amount is $3,000. Additional funding may be available depending on the nature of the project and the number of applications received.

Projects and participation in language programs should not involve or be contingent on travel outside a student’s country of residence.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled full-time for the spring semester and planning on returning in the fall.

Application deadline: Friday, March 25, 2022

Applicants must complete an online application through SM Apply.

Applications may be for one of three categories and meet the respective eligibility requirements:

  1. Work toward a senior exercise
    1. Currently-enrolled Pomona seniors (expected to graduate in Fall 2022) or rising seniors
    2. Proposed work must be towards a senior thesis/exercise
    3. Projects should have a significant international component
  2. Intensive language study
    1. Currently enrolled Pomona students who are returning in the fall
    2. Applications may be for any language, but preference will be given to less-commonly taught languages and languages not taught at the 5Cs

    Students seeking funding for studying a language taught at the 5Cs should meet with a faculty member who teaches that language to review the program and identify how it supplements existing curricular offerings at the 5Cs. After your meeting please ask the faculty member to submit the faculty recommendation form to

  3. Other experiential learning opportunity
    1. Currently enrolled Pomona students who are returning in the fall
    2. Learning opportunity must be experiential in nature and incorporate the exploration and/or study of Asia or Asian cultures.

(If your proposed project is work towards a senior exercise or intensive language study related to Asia please select Option 1 or 2)

For more information contact Carolina De la Rosa Bustamante, Staff Director of Oldenborg, and Paul Cahill, Faculty Director of Oldenborg:,

We highly encourage interested students to reach out to us before submitting their proposals.