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Putnam Grant


Deadline: There is only one annual deadline to apply for a Putnam Grant. The next deadline to apply is Friday, April 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

About the grant:

The Oscar Lee Putnam Cultural and Intellectual Enrichment Program provides grants for Louisiana resident students* 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.

*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.


Please note: The Putnam grant program is administered by Newcomb-Tulane College's Office of Academic Programs at Tulane University. Putnam applicants are not required to attend Tulane. All Putnam applicants must use the grant application which is linked at the top of this page. Tulane students should not use OrgSync to apply for Putnam grants.

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 2019-2020. 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:

  •     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
  •     performance of an original musical or theatrical work

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

In addition to the online application form (linked above), your application should include the following components (which you can attach/upload to the application form):

  • Statement of Purpose/Project Proposal
    • Write a one- to two-page proposal clearly explaining the nature of your project, detailing how you will make use of the grant, and describing what you hope to accomplish. This may include the significance of the project (personal, educational, professional), a description of how you plan to share the results (if applicable), and any particular qualifications you possess. Include a schedule, with the proposed start and end dates for the project, and list significant dates during the course of the project (e.g., when particular phases should be complete).
  • Budget
    • Provide detailed information for all costs involved in the project. Include the specific amount requested from the grant program and how it will be spent. A budget worksheet is by clicking here, or by request to
  • Letter of Recommendation
    • A faculty (not staff) member who supports your project should write a letter of recommendation, which s/he should email directly to Be sure to discuss your project with your recommender so that s/he can testify to its merits and your qualifications. Make certain to instruct the faculty member that they should email their letter directly to

The maximum award is $2,000. If awarded, please note that your grant will be reported to the Internal Revenue Service and will, in some cases, be considered taxable income. (Please see IRS publication 970 for additional information.)

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 Putnam Grant application by 5:00 p.m., April 24, 2020. (If you would prefer a hard copy application, you may request one by emailing Letters of recommendation should be emailed directly by the professor to by the deadline. Grant decisions will be sent to all applicants in late May.


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