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WHO CAN APPLY:  Full-time, undergraduate Tulane University students (including those enrolled in 4+1 programs) who self-identify as women, including self-identified transwomen, or who were assigned to the female sex at birth and now self-identify as transgender or gender fluid 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 – Begins October 2015 with a submission deadline of October 30, 2015, with funds available January 1, 2016 through September 1, 2016.
  • Spring cycle – Begins February 2016 with a submission deadline of March 4, 2016, with funds available June 1, 2016 through December 1, 2016.

Grant recipients may be asked to present their research in one or more of these ways: a talk or poster presentation at Homecoming NCI Open House, Fridays at Newcomb, a department class or workshop, exhibition or performance (if applicable). Applicants should describe in detail in the proposal how they would do one or more of these.

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 Guidelines for Submitting a Grant Proposal 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. A student may submit a grant proposal individually, in collaboration with a faculty member who is a Newcomb Fellow, or in collaboration with another student/s in the same or other academic department/s.

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. Information about IRB and the CITI course is available at:

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.  But 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. In other words, the person applying for the grant cannot be paid a stipend.

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. A copy of the paper presented must be included with the student’s final report or final reimbursement request, and the logo of the Newcomb College Institute must be displayed as a sponsor of the paper/project.  Proposals for conference attendance, as opposed to conference participation, may be only partially funded. Applicants may submit a proposal for conference presentation/attendance in the same cycle in which the conference occurs, but the program does not fund costs for a conference already attended.  If attending and not participating/presenting, applicant must describe how attendance at the conference is important to her work.

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.

Community Engagement

These grants fund projects focusing on service to a community. They may be collaborative in nature, (involving participants from more than one department or discipline) or non-collaborative (involving a single participant or participants from a single department or discipline). An essential component of the project is the involvement of a local grassroots organization doing specific work 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. If the project is collaborative, a single person should be designated as the co-coordinator.

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.

Please note additional post-project requirements on the Community Engagement application form.



  • 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 applicant remains eligible to apply as a student.
  • The program does fund research that is or becomes the basis for a credit-bearing Honors thesis, independent study, or capstone course but does not fund tuition or fees for courses for which academic credit is received.              
  • The program does fund projects initiated and designed by the student applicant but does not fund structured, participatory programs such as Study Abroad.

Updated July 2015

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