Fellowships & Awards

Fellowships & Grants

Davenport administers many different opportunities for funding independent projects, including:

Creative & Performing Arts grants | for drama, musical, dance, video/film, literary publications, and exhibitions | up to $2200 | details

Mellon Research Award | for seniors’ independent research | up to $500

Richter Summer Fellowship | for independent summer research | up to $1000

Sean Fenton Memorial Travel Fellowship | group of sophomores or juniors | $2500

Daniel Merriman - Ted Bensinger Fellowship | for juniors’ summer academic work or travel |

Class of 1982 Cowles Fellowship| for first-years and sophomores’ internship related to media, government, or public service| $2,500 |  https://bit.ly/3jjEk09

To see more funding opportunities, see the Yale grants & fellowships website.


Davenport benefits from the proceeds of two funds:

(1) The Allison V. Armour Fund, established in 1941 by Mr. Armour’s bequest, which is designed to provide books, works of art, or furnishings for the College or supplies for the Fellows’ Room.

(2) The Charles D. Dickey Fund, established in 1958 by classmates, business associates, and friends of Mr. Dickey and given by him to the College, “to add to the enrichment of the life of the students or the Fellows, such as bringing to the College interesting visitors and speakers, the acquisition of books, periodicals, and magazines, or providing emergency grants to Fellows or students.” 

Through the Lustman Fellowship, established in honor of the former Master (now called Head of College), Davenport enjoys visits from distinguished people in the arts, sciences and public affairs. Former Lustman Fellows include Lillian Hellman, Arthur Miller and George Kistiakowsky.


At Commencement, the College awards the following prizes:

(1) The Emerson Tuttle Cup, an engraved silver beaker, to the Senior who, in the opinion of the Head of College and Fellows, is most distinguished for scholarly attainments. With the cup is given a book of prints by Mr. Tuttle, one of America’s great etchers and graphic artists.

(2) The Daniel Merriman Prize goes to a Senior for outstanding participation and leadership.

(3) The Senior L. Lustman Memorial Prize is awarded to a student who has contributed to the artistic and cultural aspects of the life for the College, and who submits the best proposal for the use of this prize in support of a project in those areas. 

(4) The B. E. Bensinger III Prize goes to the Senior who, in the opinion of the Head of College and Fellows will, by virtue of this or her proposed program in the social, physical or natural sciences, make best use of the additional support.

(5) The Davenport Fellowship Community Service Award recognizes a member of the Davenport College senior class who has distinguished themself during their time in the College through service to people in need or at risk in the New Haven community, in the United States, or around the world.