Tulane Home Tulane Shield logo linking to site home page

Summer Grants and Fellowships

The Center for Academic Equity can support you during your summer if you are pursing original undergraduate research, a short-term study abroad experience, summer school at Tulane, or an unpaid internship. We offer a variety of grants, scholarships, or stipends to cover associated expenses. Supporting these opportunities is important to the Center, as we believe the hands-on experiences can provide you with windows into future careers and prepare you for employment and graduate school admissions.

If you are rewarded a summer grant or fellowship, you will reflect on and summarize your experience by presenting at the annual Tulane Idea Symposium.

Summer 2021 applications will open on February 15, 2021.

Summer Research Fellowship

The Center for Academic Equity will award undergraduate research summer fellowships to outstanding applicants across any field of study at Tulane University. To be considered for a fellowship you must meet the minimum 2.5 GPA requirement, complete the application, and agree to participate in the annual Tulane Idea Symposium.

All full-time continuing Newcomb-Tulane College students within the Center for Academic Equity cohort, regardless of discipline or major, may apply. Previous research experience is not required.

Work Guidelines

You should commit to working on a project for which you receive funding for no less than 35 hours per week for at least four weeks. Start/end dates should be articulated in the application.

The Center encourages you to seek the support of faculty mentor and/or a content expert in their field of study. A faculty mentor is a subject matter expert who can help you define your research goals, and then support you in your quest to achieve them. Your mentor will also share knowledge, encourage, and hopefully inspire you. This person can help you develop a proposal and will provide you with a discipline-specific sounding board for your research and reporting endeavors. Depending on your research experience this role can include daily interactions or weekly check-ins.

Application Components

You can start by identifying a faculty member or content expert who may have sparked your interest in a topic relevant to your research proposal. You can reach out to them and inquire about their wiliness to serve in this capacity. Once you have done this, complete summer research grant application and submit all relevant documents by the given deadline:

  1. Application form 
  2. Letter of Recommendation. (Your application will not be complete without the submission of a letter of recommendation supporting your application. The letter of recommendation need not come from your research supervisor).
  3. Letter of invitation/support from the faculty member who would supervise the research. (optional)

Applications must be submitted by March 15, 2021, at 5 PM Central Standard Time. The committee will not review late applications.

All grant recipients are required to participate in the Idea Symposium poster session during the 2021-2022 academic year. Students studying abroad are required to submit the Idea Symposium components by their due date but may receive an event attendance waiver. Posters and Photos are due on a timeline beginning August 1, 2021, at 5 PM CST. 

Summer Unpaid Internship Stipend

If you are applying for unpaid internships, you may request funding to cover living expenses. To be considered for this award, you must complete the application, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, show proof you have been accepted or are applying to an uncompensated internship, and agree to participate in the Idea Symposium.

Your award, if received, is dependent on your securing the internship outlined in this application. The Center will distribute stipends in increments throughout the summer, and each installment is contingent on being in good standing with the internship program.

All full-time continuing Newcomb-Tulane College students within the Center for Academic Equity cohort, regardless of discipline or major, may apply.

Work Guidelines

The Center for Academic Equity’s unpaid or minimally paid internship grant can support internship experiences connected to any industry or area of study. Unpaid internships are those for which the student receives no compensation. Minimally paid internships provide students with some benefit (such as a stipend, housing, transit card, etc.) but the cost of engaging in the internship far exceeds the support provided.

The selection committee prioritizes internships within any field that constitute an academically distinctive experience for students. These internships:

  • Offer a significant advantage to students who participate in them.
  • Provide you with substantive (non-clerical) skills that cannot be acquired through other means.
  • Are central to aiding your professional development.
  • Are not easily replicable in a different environment.

Successful applications will underscore how the proposed internship constitutes a unique experience capable of elevating your career or graduate school goal.

Application Components

  1. Your demographic information
  2. Your internship's information
  3. Your Tulane IDEA Symposium topic information
  4. A personal essay
  5. Your budget
  6. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member, staff, graduate student, or community member

Applications must be submitted by March 15, 2021, at 5 PM Central Standard Time. The committee will not review late applications.

All stipend recipients are required to participate in the Idea Symposium poster session during the 2021-2022 academic year. Students studying abroad are required to submit the Idea Symposium components by their due date but may receive an event attendance waiver. Posters and Photos are due on a timeline beginning August 1, 2021, at 5 PM CST. 

Summer Study Abroad Grant

If you need bridge funds to support a summer study abroad experience you may apply for a grant from the Center for Academic Equity.

Applicants must apply and be accepted to a study abroad experience through Tulane University’s study abroad department.

To be considered, you must demonstrate the need for funding to participate in this experience. Applications must include a description explaining the connection between your proposed study abroad experience and your academic goals. You will present a summary of your study abroad experience at the Center for Academic Equity’s Research Colloquium in the fall semester.  

Tulane Summer School Scholarship

If you require an additional course to keep abreast of your four-year graduation goals you may apply for a scholarship to Tulane University Summer School. This scholarship includes the cost of tuition for one course, any co-requisite labs, and course fees. However, it does not cover the cost of books and other non-tuition expenses such as Reily Student Recreation Center membership etc. 

All full-time continuing Newcomb-Tulane College students within the Center for Academic Equity cohort, regardless of discipline or major, may apply.

In your application,  you must demonstrate that the course is an essential component of your major course of study and that you need this course to meet your graduation goals. 

Course Guidelines

This scholarship only supports Newcomb-Tulane College Summer School courses. Scholarship offerings do not include programs run by individual schools (e.g., the Business Minor Summer Institute and School of Professional Advancement courses among others). Limitations may exist for NTC off-campus summer offerings.

Application Components

  1. Your demographic information
  2. Your course information
  3. A personal essay explaining the course's connection to your academic goal
  4. Your budget

Applications must be submitted by March 15, 2021, at 5 PM Central Standard Time. The committee will not review late applications. You can anticipate a response in April of 2021. As outlined in our application, Maymesters are not included in our summer school offerings.

Other Notes 

Schedule Holds

If you have a hold on your account preventing you from registering for summer 2021 classes, but would still like to be considered for an award pending the removal of your hold, please email Dr. Paula Booke at pbooke@tulane.edu

Students Without a New Orleans Residence

If you do not have permanent housing in New Orleans and are in need of additional support to take advantage of this summer school scholarship, you may include a request for housing and food in your application.

The Center bases decisions about housing and meal plans on financial need. These requests are independent of each other and receipt of one does not guarantee receipt of the other. This additional support is intended primarily for students who live outside of the New Orleans area and who are not engaged in off-campus lease agreements or have access to alternate housing options during the summer school session for which you are applying.

If you plan to work over the summer should not apply for a meal plan.

Housing and Meal Plans for Tulane Summer School

You are responsible for submitting the summer housing application via the housing portal by that application’s due date and must follow housing and conduct guidelines. Students who do not comply with housing's requirements will not receive or may be asked to leave housing.

Where applicable, housing and meal plans will be provided for a date range not to exceed one day before the beginning of classes and one day after the end of classes.

Transferring the Scholarship

Awards are specific to the individual student and course listed in the application. Scholarships cannot be transferred to other students and applied to other classes for which the applicant is enrolled. Students who wish to switch courses must go through an appeals process and submit the request in writing to Dr. Paula Booke at pbooke@tulane.edu.

Scholarship as Reimbursement

This scholarship cannot be disbursed as a reimbursement as it is designed to allow students who would not otherwise be able to afford summer school to extend their learning in the summer months.