Summer Grant Fund

Research & Idea Symposium

The Summer Grant Fund Application is currently closed.

The Center for Academic Equity can support you during your summer with as much as $1,500 if you are pursuing original undergraduate research, a short-term study abroad experience, or an unpaid or minimally paid 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 pathways to 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 NTC Research & Idea Symposium.

Summer Grant Fund Details

  • Summer short-term study abroad programs
  • Unpaid or minimally paid internships
  • Research Fellowships

  • Application Form
  • Proof of Acceptance
  • Cover Letter
  • Budget
  • Letter of Recommendation. (Mandatory for Research Fellowships only: 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).


We are now taking into consideration the content and quality of your application materials when reviewing your application. You can find the rubric we will use to evaluate your application materials here.

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 supported experience
  • Agree to participate in the NTC Research & Idea Symposium.

Successful applications will also underscore in their cover letter how the proposed experience constitutes a unique opportunity capable of elevating your education, career, or graduate school goal.

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.

All applications will open on January 3rd at 8:30 AM.

Applications for Study Abroad experiences must be submitted by February 15, 2024, at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time. The committee will not review late applications.

Applications for Internships and Research Fellowships must be submitted by March 15, 2024, at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time. The committee will not review late applications.

All award recipients are required to participate in the NTC Research & Idea Symposium poster session during the 2024-2025 academic year. Students studying abroad are required to submit the NTC Research & 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, 2024, at 5 PM CST.

We understand and believe that AI can be a useful tool when drafting documents and materials necessary for college, especially for applications for funds just like ours. However, if used improperly, the use of AI can also hamper one’s ability to develop necessary skills for life after college and can lead to unintended problems like plagiarism. To help grant fund applicants navigate this, here is our policy on the use of AI in respect to our Summer Grant Fund Application.

You are allowed to use AI to:

  • Help design and format application materials.
  • Check grammar, misspellings, etc.
  • Organize thoughts, points, and ideas.

You are NOT allowed to use AI to:

  • Generate submitted material.

If it can be determined beyond a reasonable doubt by a reasonable person that AI was used in your submitted material, your application will automatically be disqualified from consideration. If you are unsure about any of your materials and their adherence to the policy, please feel free to email us.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible.