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How to Apply

To apply to the Student Engagement Fund, you must complete an online application. 

As an undergraduate student (or as a faculty/staff member applying on behalf of a student) you may apply to fund research, artistry, or community-based research projects. If you are majoring in a CLAS program, you can also apply for support to travel to conferences and competitions. Limited funding is available for non-CLAS majors for travel to conferences and competitions. Faculty can also apply for funding to assist with group travel expenses as well as support for study abroad and field school programs.

Your request must include a clearly stated goal for the project, objectives that reflect the desired experiential learning outcomes and a detailed budget report for requested funds.

Funding and Expenses

You must request a minimum of $250 and you cannot exceed $3500 per student per academic year (including both compensation and project reimbursement support). For these purposes, an academic year will be considered to be fall-spring-summer. All students are eligible to apply!

Project reimbursement awards will range from $250 to $2500. Eligible expenses include (but are not limited to):

  • Conference registration fees
  • Travel expenses (excluding local transportation; e.g.: travel in DeKalb County)
  • Materials and supplies specific to the project
  • Direct project expenses (e.g. copying, mailing surveys, etc.)

Additional Award Restrictions for Students

You may receive support for more than one project, subject to the following annual funding limits:

  • No more than $1200 per year in compensation.
  • No more than $2500 per year in reimbursement support.
  • No more than $3500 per year in *total support.
*We recognize that the total support for compensation and reimbursement combined exceeds the $3500 in total support we are able to offer per applicant annually.

Application Deadlines

Recipients are awarded funds for a specific term in the academic year.

Spring 2018 Funding: October 15, 2017

Summer 2018 Funding: February 28, 2018

Fall 2018 Funding: April 22, 2018

Preview application (PDF)

Contact Us

Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning
Altgeld Hall 100

815-753-8154
engage@niu.edu

Business Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.