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Newcomb-Tulane College Grant FAQ

Review this list of frequently asked questions about our grants for full-time undergraduates. If you have a question that you don’t see listed, please contact Melissa A. Weber, manager of grants and programs, NTC Dean's Office, at ntcgrants@tulane.edu or 504-314-2829.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Q: Who is eligible to apply?
A: All Newcomb-Tulane College (NTC) students are eligible to apply for NTC grant funding. All full-time undergraduates of Tulane University are considered NTC students. Students in their first semester, whether first-year students or transfer students, are not eligible to apply for an NTC grant. Students are eligible for NTC grant funding once they've established a GPA and have completed at least one semester at Tulane.

Q. What is the NTC grant application deadline?
A: The monthly grant deadline for all NTC Dean's Office grants (except the Putnam grant) is on the 15th of each month at 5:00 p.m., during the fall and spring semesters. Applications submitted late and after the deadline will be considered during the following month’s cycle. The letter of recommendation from a Tulane faculty member is also part of your application, and must be emailed directly by the faculty member to ntcgrants@tulane.edu by the deadline. The Putnam grant has a separate application process and only one annual deadline, which is on the final Friday of April at 5:00 p.m.

Q: When will I hear back with a decision?
A: The grant committee meets to make all decisions after the monthly grant deadline has passed. During each grant cycle, students will learn of the committee’s decision on the final day of that month.

Q: Can I apply for more than one grant?
A: You may apply for and receive multiple (individual or group leader) grants from the NTC Dean's Office, not exceeding the total of $1500 per academic year, if approved by the grant committee. (Exceptions are made for recipients of the Gordon grant and the Putnam grant. The Putnam grant has a separate application process, and students are allowed to receive an NTC grant award in addition to a Putnam grant award.)

Q: Can I apply for a grant during the summer?
A: NTC grant applications are only accepted while classes are in session, during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Applications are not accepted during May, June, July, and August.

Q: Can a staff member write my letter of recommendation?
A: Only one primary recommendation letter is required, and that letter should come from a faculty member at Tulane. Faculty members include professors, assistant and associate professors, professors of practice, and administrative faculty. Adjunct professors, visiting professors, and post-doctoral fellows may serve as recommenders when necessary, but the committee prefers to receive recommendations from regular faculty members. Staff members are not faculty, with the exception of those who are appointed as adjuncts. Secondary letters are optional, and are accepted from Tulane staff members, non-Tulane faculty, and/or other community professionals who can speak to your project and application.

FUNDING

General:
Q: What types of things will NTC Dean's Office grants fund?
A: NTC Dean's Office grants support academic projects and research, academic conference travel, internship travel and related costs, some service projects, and other projects related to one's studies or academic-related interests.

Q: What costs will NTC Dean’s Office grants not fund?
A: Food costs (unless you're a digital media production or film student). Stipends or salaries. Costs for any program or course where you are receiving credit. Study Abroad tuition costs. Start-up ventures. For-profit companies that charge you a high fee to place you with an internship and housing. Personal items such as medical insurance, cell phones, etc. Durable items or supplies (cameras, etc.) that are over $100 (unless you intend for them to remain the property of your department.)

Q: How much can I apply for?
A: As an individual, you are eligible to apply for up to $1,500. The only exception is the Gordon Summer Fellowship, which awards $4,000 each to one male-identified student and one female-identified student for an innovative, self-designed summer project with intellection and/or academic merit. If you are applying for a group grant, with two or more members, you are allowed to apply for up to $3,500, with no more than $1,000 per student.

Q: My professor wants to pay me a research stipend. Is this something a grant can fund?
A: Research stipend grants are available for Honors students through the Honors Program. General Newcomb-Tulane College grants cannot be used for research stipends or salaries. However, your professor can apply for CELT grants to pay students for research work

Q: Are there other Tulane offices that offer funding?
A: Yes, and you're encouraged to research all funding sources on campus, including your department. Visit tinyurl.com/tulanefunding for a complete list of Tulane offices that give grants to undergraduates. Additionally, Newcomb College Institute has funding opportunities for female-identified students. The Honors Program has some funding for honors thesis research. The Office of Study Abroad administers study abroad grants and scholarship opportunities. The Center for Academic Equity has grants for self-identified underrepresented or non-traditional students, including students of color, LGBTQ students, and first generation college students.

Q: I am attending a conference out of town. What costs will a grant fund?
A: Grant funding for conference travel can be used for travel/transportation, lodging, and registration fees. It may not be used for food costs.

Q: Can I get funding for a project or internship that will start after I graduate?
A: Grant funds can only be used for projects, travel, or internships that you fully complete prior to your graduation date.

Q. Can I apply for a project/conference/internship that I’ve already completed?
A. Yes. Retroactive funding requests are accepted. This means that you would apply for an NTC grant after completing your project/travel/internship/research. If the committee accepts your proposal, you would be able to be reimbursed for certain costs, not including food. Receipts would need to be provided, if this occurs.

Q: Can I get funding for a service project?
A: Funding eligibility for service projects is determined on a case-by-case basis. Generally, students must prove that the project has a strong relationship to their academic interests, and that the project’s impact on the community being served will be substantial and beneficial in the long term. Preference is given to service trips of longer duration rather than brief “voluntourism”-type experiences.

Q: Can I obtain funding for a start-up venture?
A. No. The Taylor Center may have funding for these types of projects.

Internships:
Q: What costs can I request for my internship?
A: Travel (airfare, mileage, etc.), lodging/housing, and transportation (including public transportation) are costs that are eligible for NTC Dean's Office grant funding. Costs for food or personal items, such as medical insurance, cell phones, etc. are not eligible for funding.

Study Abroad:
Q: Can I obtain grant funding for study abroad program tuition?
A: Study Abroad grants are only offered through the Office of Study Abroad. Please contact Joanie Vicknair for more information.

TRAVEL GRANTS

Q: My project involves solo travel to a foreign country to do research. What should I know?
A: Your application's statement of purpose should include detailed information on the contacts that you will be working with overseas. Please note that NTC cannot fund travel to countries on the U.S. State Department's Travel Advisory List.

Q: Can I obtain grant funding for study abroad program tuition?
A: Study Abroad grants are only offered through the Office of Study Abroad. Please contact Joanie Vicknair for more information.

INTERNSHIP GRANTS

Q: What costs are covered for internships?
A: Eligible internship-related budget requests include travel costs such as airfare, housing (even local housing in NOLA), transportation, and mileage.

Q: I have been accepted by a program that charges a fee for placing me with an internship and providing housing. Can I get grant funding for this?
A: The grant committee does not typically award funding for these programs, but will occasionally make an exception if the program is a non-profit.

Q: Can I apply if I’m still waiting to hear back from my internship?
A. Yes. Please apply, and also make certain to indicate in the Statement of Purpose that you’re waiting to hear back from the internship on the status of your participation. In the event that your internship application is awarded funding but you don’t get the internship, you’ll have to notify us.