Student Research and Creative Endeavors Grants

Application Information and Guidelines
The grant provides up to $500 to offset costs associated with student research or creative projects. Grant applications may be from individual students or teams of students, and the money awarded will be disbursed through receipt reimbursement. Expenses that will be considered for support may include printing and copying, postage, supplies and project-related travel; expenses related to “incentives” will be subject to review. Grant funds may not be used for the purchase of outside gift cards, wages or travel to present results. All grant proposals will be reviewed by the Honors Committee.

The following guidelines apply to Student Research and Creative Endeavors Grants:

  1. The applicant(s) must be full-time student(s) enrolled at Sweet Briar College during the semester the application is submitted and for the duration of the grant.

  2. All expenses must be accounted for with receipts or departmental charge statements. Unused funds will not be paid out and will remain in the Student Research and Creative Endeavors Grant account.

  3. The project must be supervised by a faculty member.

  4. The work must be original in scope. Interpretations of originality vary widely with disciplines, so the student is encouraged to discuss the proposed work with her faculty mentor at an early stage. In the case of a project done within the context of a course, the proposal must make it clear how this work is beyond the scope of the typical project. Again, it is anticipated that there will be wide variations between the disciplines, so the student is encouraged to discuss the proposed work with her faculty mentor at an early stage.

  5. The grant proposal must be endorsed by the supervising faculty sponsor who must provide a letter of recommendation that discusses the feasibility of the project as well as the student’s ability to successfully complete the project. The chairperson of the department must also approve the proposal, if any departmental funds will be used to support the project.

  6. At the conclusion of the project, an itemized list of all expenses must be submitted to the Honors Program, along with all project-related receipts.

Grant Proposal Submission Instructions

All grant proposals must be submitted electronically to
[email protected].

Proposals should be typed and doubled-spaced. Organize your proposal into a single document using the subheadings below. The Honors Committee includes faculty from diverse disciplines, so avoid highly technical language and jargon.

  1. Application Cover Page: This should be the first page of your proposal.

  2. Project description or Project statement: Clearly state the significance/importance of the project in understandable terms. This clear and concise statement should not be longer than one or two paragraphs. It will be used to publicize the project.

  3. Brief background (maximum of 2 pages) of the literature or other previous work: The purpose of this section is to show the Committee that you understand how your project fits intoyour academic discipline by referring to appropriate materials in your discipline or to your previous work.

  4. Description of the process: Describe the overall project design: explain what you are going to do, how and where you will do it, and who will be involved. Where appropriate, explain how you will analyze your work. This section will probably be 2 to 4 pages.

  5. Expected outcomes: What do you hope to achieve and what do you hope to do with the results of the project (e.g., publish an article, exhibition, presentation, performance, narrative or poetry, etc.)?

  6. Budget: Construct a budget sheet. Include all expenses relevant to the project and include the source of funds for those not covered by this proposal. Departmental funds must be approved by the departmental chairperson.

  7. Budget justification: Explain and justify each item listed in the budget sheet.

  8. Timetable: Divide the project into a series of tasks and list estimated completion date.

  9. Bibliography/References: Include a bibliography of cited references, if appropriate.

 X.   Letter of support from a sponsoring faculty member