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Student Grants

NCI awards grants to support undergraduate student research, conference travel, and community engagement.

Who Can Apply: Full-time, undergraduate Tulane University students (including those enrolled in 4+1 programs) who self-identify as women or gender minorities are eligible to apply for funding from the Newcomb College Institute. Funding for research grants is also available to any full-time, undergraduate student doing a women's or gender studies related project.

Grant proposals may be submitted to the Fellows Grant Review Committee during either of these cycles:

Fall cycle – Submission deadline of October 15, 2018.
Spring cycle – Submission deadline of March 15, 2019.

We prefer students submit conference travel applications at those deadlines, but we will accept them at any time.

Grant recipients must credit the Newcomb College Institute in papers, presentations, or publicity connected with the funded project.

In addition to the descriptions below, please read the guidelines at the bottom of this page prior to submitting a grant application. 

Independent Research

These grants encourage the collaboration of undergraduate students and faculty in the production of new knowledge through individual and/or group research. Sometimes the research takes place in a laboratory; sometimes it requires a library or an interview with an expert; at other times, fieldwork is necessary to the data collection that precedes analysis. 

If the culmination of your research is a production (theatre, musical, readings), you must demonstrate in your proposal how your research will inform all aspects of the production. In other words, you are requesting funding primarily for your research to develop your production rather than funding for the costs of the production, although you may include those costs in your proposal.

Research involving human subjects (including conducting interviews) must be approved by the university's Internal Review Board (IRB), a process which might take up to three months. Students are urged to consider the possible three-month wait period when developing a timetable for a project. When submitting a proposal for an Independent Research grant, a student must include verification that she has completed the online CITI course. Discuss this with your faculty sponsor or collaborator for the grant and be sure he/she will assist you with the IRB procedure. Review the Human Research Protection Program page for more information about IRB and the CITI course.

If a student is assisting in a faculty member's lab and the research is primarily the faculty member's, the faculty member should apply for the grant and name the student as an assistant who can be paid a stipend. If the research is that of the student with the faculty member providing guidance or collaboration, then the student may apply for the grant in her name but cannot receive a stipend. 

To apply, fill out this application

Conference Presentation/Attendance

These grants will fund travel expenses for undergraduate students who present papers, participate in a panel, or attend professional academic meetings. Students may apply for funding after the paper has been submitted but before acceptance, and funding may be conditional upon acceptance of the paper. Applicant should indicate if she will attend the conference regardless of acceptance of paper. Students must complete such travel prior to graduating from Tulane University. Preference is given to presenters or panel participants over conference attendees, and proof of submission or acceptance must be included with the proposal. If attending and not presenting, the applicant must describe how attendance at the conference is important to her academic work. Proposals for conference attendance, as opposed to conference participation, may be only partially funded.  

Any student requesting funding for travel to non-academic meetings/competitions must show a close connection to the student's academic study and should discuss the coursework she has taken that prepares her for this event. Students must also provide an unofficial transcript with this type of proposal.

Applications for conference presentation may be accepted and considered outside of the regular grant cycle.

To apply, fill out this application.

Community Engagement

These grants fund projects focusing on service to a community. An essential component of the project is the involvement of a local grassroots organization, and a letter of support from that organization must he included with the proposal. In addition, the projects must in some way directly involve and benefit women students at Tulane.

A community service project team must be developed and must include: (a) a Tulane faculty member, (b) student applicant(s), and (c) a local grassroots organization. An agreement between the faculty member, student, and local grassroots organization must be submitted with the proposal. The agreement should include a time frame of the community service project and the roles/responsibilities of the faculty member and of each student at the volunteer site. The agreement should also include the role of the local grassroots organization at the volunteer site. The faculty member and each student involved MUST sign the agreement. Application packet should include one copy of a short resume of student applicant/grant coordinator and one copy of the short cv of the faculty member involved with project.

To apply, fill out this application

Application Guidelines

All applicants, please note these guidelines:

Updated August 2017

  • You may submit a proposal for a particular project in only one category.
  • You may submit only one proposal per cycle.
  • There is no “appeals process” for proposals that were not funded. An applicant may, however, re-submit the proposal in the next cycle if the applicant remains eligible to apply as a student.
  • The program does not fund tuition or fees for courses for which academic credit is received.              
  • The program does not fund structured, participatory programs such as Study Abroad.
  • Whenever possible, applications are expected to seek funding from multiple sources.
  • Funded projects must have academic merit and promote the mission of the Newcomb College Institute. The project proposal should clearly describe this element.
  • A grant report is due at the conclusion of the funding period. Future grant funding may take into consideration the completion and quality of research as reflected in this report.
  • All grants involving international travel must be to countries cleared from the U.S. Department of State travel warning list. 
  • Items which would become the personal property of the grant recipient (books, laptops, clothing) are not funded. If you are seeking funds to purchase scientific equipment, please include a statement about the lab's ability or inability to purchase this equipment. Funding for scientific supplies is typically given a higher priority than funding for equipment.
  • Reimbursements may not exceed the grant award. If costs run over, the grant recipient is responsible for covering the excess.
For more information, contact:
Laura Wolford
Assistant Director for Administration and Programs
Director of Newcomb Research Center