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Frank W. Howes Student Summer Grant Application

Deadline to apply: April 9, 2014


Faculty/Staff Sponsor:

Fill in your project sponsor's name below. Your sponsor must send an email endorsement to before your application will be reviewed. The endorsement need not be a formal recommendation letter but should briefly express the sponsor’s assessment of the project’s feasibility and merit, your ability to complete the project, and the relevance of the project to your academic program.

Project Narrative:

The project narrative should provide an intellectual justification for your project, addressing the areas listed below: 1. project topic, 2. contribution; 3. work plan and methods; 4. competencies and skills; 5. contacts; 6. arrangements; 7. final product or dissemination; and 8. bibliography. Each of these areas should be numbered and labeled in the document you upload for your application. Please see each of the sections below for additional information about each of these areas.

1. Project Topic: What are you proposing to explore in your project?

Describe how you became interested in the project topic (e.g., class, reading, service project). Provide an overview of the project, explaining the basic ideas, problems, or questions examined by the study. Use cited references to explain your current knowledge or understanding of the project topic. This requires some literature review of your topic; you should plan to use 5-7 resources that may come from popular media, pulled from syllabi, or found in academic journals.

2. Contribution: Why does carrying out this project matter?

Describe the intellectual significance of the proposed project and its value to your academic discipline, general audiences, or both. Explain how the project will complement, challenge, or expand your existing knowledge of the topic.

3. Work Plan and Methods: How will you carry out your project?

Provide a work plan describing what will be accomplished during the project period. The work plan should include a description of your relevant disciplinary method(s), a proposed timeline and corresponding tasks.

4. Competencies & Skills: What is your ability to carry out the project?

Describe where the study will be conducted and what materials or techniques will be used. Specify your level of competence in any language, digital technology, or scientific methods necessary to carry out the project.

5. Contacts: Who is necessary for helping you carry out a successful project?

Provide a list of who your contacts are and how you have developed these relationships.

6. Arrangements: What arrangements have been made to carry out your project?

Specify the arrangements you have made and need to make for access to archives, collections, institutions or individuals that possess the necessary resources. If employing such research methods as extensive interviewing and the use of questionnaires, how will you locate your subjects? Describe how the culture and policies of the project location may impact your work.

7. Final Project and Dissemination: What will be the end result of your project? When and how will you share it?

Describe the intended results of the project and your intended audience. Explain how the results will be disseminated and why these means are appropriate to the subject matter and audience. If the project has a website, provide the URL. Please also note when you plan to share your project. We strongly encourage sharing your work in public venues across campus and in the community.

8. Bibliography: What can help you carry out your project?

The bibliography should consist of primary and secondary sources that relate directly to the project and provide a knowledge base from which you can create and analyze your project. Sources may include citations from the "Project Topic" section above as well as other sources decided upon in consultation with your sponsor and should be used in advance of carrying out your project as well as during your project. Include works that pertain to both the project's substance and its theoretical or methodological approaches. The bibliography will be used to assess your knowledge and commitment to expanding your knowledge of the subject area.


Please note that transcripts will be reviewed to make sure you are in good academic standing and have no incomplete grades in regular semester courses.

Project Budget:

Please provide a detailed budget estimate for your project. Carefully consider each of the following types of expenses: 1) Transportation; 2) Meals; 3) Accommodations; and 4) Project related expenses. The following numbered sections provide helpful information in relation to each of these types of expenses. In addition, please be sure to include information about all possible funding sources that will be used to carry out this project.


Personal transportation between home and campus are not covered by this grant. Costs associated with travel to carry out the project could include: airfare to and from project site; luggage fees (if applicable); personal vehicle use ($.42 a mile); public transportation (bus, rail, cab fares); highway tolls or airport taxes.


Estimate approximately how much you will spend per day on meals. This grant does not cover meal expenses if you are living at home or with family during your project.


Please indicate your estimated cost of housing during the project period. Please describe your housing arrangements (e.g. hostel, hotel, rented apartment) include rent or other housing costs and utilities (gas, electric, water, if applicable). This grant does not cover housing costs if you are living at home or with family.

Project Related Expenses:

List any items needed to complete your project. Expenses such as tuition, art supplies, books, software, copying costs, developing costs, lab fees, and entrance fees can be covered. Expenses such as the purchase of permanent equipment (e.g., cameras), clothing, toiletries or other personal items are excluded.

Funding Sources

Awards are made based on financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid Office and the costs of the proposed activities. Students may also seek additional funding through other sources outside of DePauw University.


If you are using human or animal subjects for this research, you will need to have IRB or IACUC approval before you begin data collection.