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The Oscar Lee Putnam Grant is the final grant available for the 2019-2020 academic year. Its deadline has been extended to Friday, May 22nd, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.

COVID-19 Info: We are still considering grant applications for current projects that require no travel or work in an affected environment. A good example of this would be an MTurk study, which can be done remotely.

For students applying for spring travel, please let us know if you can postpone your trip. Per the president’s guidelines, there is no travel to take place during the remainder of this semester.

For students applying for summer travel, we cannot accept projects involving international travel. Domestic travel is still allowed, but with the understanding the college may need to cancel an award if new health guidelines are given.

With the understanding that the crisis may continue and make travel impossible,  we are still accepting applications that involve fall international travel. If your project ends up being delayed or canceled, we will work with you to see if we can postpone the trip, or put the funds toward a related project. If this is not possible, the funds will not be disbursed.

If you are awarded funding: Please delay purchases—especially travel related—for as long as you can. If your project ends up becoming impossible to finish (or you will graduate beforehand), you will need to pay back the grant. This is the last thing we want to be asking students to do. If your project ends up not being possible to complete, we encourage you still to list the award on your resume or CV. A reminder that students must use grant funds while they are undergraduates of Newcomb-Tulane College. In other words, funds need to be used prior to graduation.

Please email us at if you have further questions.

Newcomb-Tulane College awards $100,000 annually to support undergraduate research, conference travel, internships, and special projects.

If you are interested in applying, please consider coming to one of our grant info luncheons, email for an appointment with a grant advisor, or take a look at the FAQ.

Visit the applications page to read about grant requirements and to submit an application. If there is a specific grant program you are interested in, you are welcome to make a note of that. Past recipients and their stories are a great way to get an idea of what students have used grants for.

Grants are reviewed monthly while classes are in session. Submit by the 15th to receive a decision by the first week of the new month. Applications for summer internship funding are only considered during March and April. There will be no grant cycle in May of 2020.

For help with the grant application process, please contact the Office of Academic Programs at, 504-314-2829, or by visiting Cudd Hall 201D.