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The Oscar Lee Putnam Cultural and Intellectual Enrichment Program

The Oscar Lee Putnam Cultural and Intellectual Enrichment Program provides grants for university students from Louisiana* for research, travel, artistic, and internship projects. Proposed projects may be related to a student's course of study or intended career, or they may allow the student to explore talents or interests not specifically related to a curriculum.

Grants will be awarded for the purchase of research materials and sources, for travel and access to special collections or libraries, laboratory supplies, performance-related expenses, art supplies, and to defray other expenses directly incurred by project research during the summer or academic year 2018-2019. Grant funds may not be used to purchase supplies or equipment that will be retained by the student; i.e., all supplies and equipment purchased with grant funds must be expended during the course of the proposed project. Grants also may not be used to participate in organized study abroad programs or other existing programs; they are intended for student-initiated projects only. Examples of such projects may include but are not limited to:

  • performance of an original musical or theatrical work
  • research in the laboratory of a faculty mentor
  • research paper or thesis requiring the consultation of special collections
  • exhibition of a portfolio of art
  • research requiring field work or study

Applicants should make detailed and specific proposals which clearly show how the grant will be used.

To be eligible, students must:

  • be Louisiana residents*
  • have a 3.0 grade point average (4.0 scale)
  • be 23 years old or younger at the time of the grant
  • submit an accompanying Statement of Financial Condition along with the grant application, which also requires a budget. Feel free to use the Newcomb-Tulane College sample budget form, or create your own.

The maximum award is $2,000. Recipients will be required to submit a report on their experience during the subsequent academic year. If you would like to be considered for the Oscar Lee Putnam Cultural and Intellectual Enrichment Program, please complete the application and submit it and the required supplementary materials to Melissa A. Weber, Newcomb-Tulane College Dean's Office - Grants and Programs, Tulane University, Hebert Hall 104, New Orleans, LA, 70118, by 5:00 p.m., April 27, 2018. Applications can also be emailed to, and letters of recommendation should be emailed directly by the professor.


*The Putnam grant program is administered by the Newcomb-Tulane College Dean's Office at Tulane University. Putnam applicants are not required to attend Tulane. All Putnam applicants must use the grant application and financial condition forms which are linked at the top of this page. Tulane students should not use OrgSync to apply for Putnam grants. A resident student is defined as one who has abandoned all prior domiciles and lived in the state of Louisiana continuously for at least one full year (365 days) immediately preceding the first day of classes of the term for which classification as a resident is sought.

For questions, please email or call 504-314-2829.