Undergraduate Fellowships & Awards
Porter Student Senate Grants
Creative and Innovative (C&I) Grants
Porter College Undergraduate Fellowships/Student Project Funds
Porter Research Fellowships
Hitchcock Modern Poetry Fund
Foley-Mendelssohn Travel Scholarship
Support for Porter student projects of all kinds. Only Porter students are eligible to apply.
Grant proposals are considered on an on-going basis throughout the academic year.
Grant proposals must include a detailed breakdown of expenditures.
Porter students should be the primary (but not necessarily the exclusive) beneficiaries of the project.
Please see Porter Senate Guidelines. The funding process takes a minimum of two weeks. Applicants are required to attend two consecutive Senate meetings. At the first meeting, submit completed proposal and give a brief oral description before the voting body. At the second meeting, the voting members will ask detailed questions of the applicant. Voting takes place during this meeting.
Applications forms and further information may be obtained from the Porter Student Activities office, Room D-143. Applications are due at the Porter Activities Office by 4:00pm the day prior to the Porter Student Senate's regular meeting.
Support for creative and innovative Porter student projects. Funding is provided by the Porter Provost and awarded by the Porter Senate. Only Porter students are eligible to apply.
Porter students should be the primary (but not necessarily the exclusive) beneficiaries of the project. Grants must be highly rated according to some (but not all) of the criteria below:
- Does the project facilitate Porter students' work as creative artists and innovators (in any and all fields)?
- Does the project involve Porter students as makers of art and proponents of cultural or societal or scientific change (rather than only as audience members)?
- How many students will directly benefit from this grant? How many Porter students? How will these students benefit?
- How will this project have a positive affect on the Porter community as a whole?
Grant proposals must include a detailed breakdown of expenditures. Late or incomplete applications will not be funded.
Deadlines are 5PM on the third Thursday of Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. Application forms and further information can be obtained from the Porter Student Activities office.
This Fellowship assists Porter students in all fields of study with funding for reasonable and necessary expenses associated with original research, scholarly work, and/or artistic projects. Student Project Funds support public events (organized by Porter Students) of benefit to the college, campus, or off-campus communities.
Continuing Porter undergraduates.
There are two rounds of funding. Applications are due in the Porter College Office the second Tuesday in February and the fourth Tuesday in April.
Applications must include:
- a completed application form including a detailed budget
- a written recommendation from a faculty sponsor (email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Questions? Inquire at the Porter College Office or send email to email@example.com.
There are up to four Research Fellowships to be awarded by Porter College.
The program has two essential but completely separate components:
1. A paid job working for a faculty member in the student's major department: approximately 7 hours/week at approximately $10/hour for one or two terms during the upcoming academic year.
2. A 2-5 unit independent study (199) during EACH of the terms of the Fellowship, in which that faculty member guides the student in her/his OWN independent research project.
BOTH of these requirements must be met during each term of the Fellowship.
Eligibility is further limited to current Porter College students who will be juniors or seniors during the quarters for which they are applying and who have a good to excellent academic record. The likelihood that the student will benefit from advanced instruction in the proposed area is a key consideration in the selection of successful applications.
Applications are due in the Porter College Office by noon on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
The Fine Print:
Porter College will provide $700 for one quarter or $1400 for two quarters for the student to be paid at a rate around $10/hour for approximately seven hours per week of research assistance to the faculty member - approximately sixty to seventy hours per quarter. The $700-$1400 provided by Porter College must cover the hourly rate PLUS the cost of benefits to the student. (Student employment can assist with calculating this.) All funds provided by Porter College in fulfillment of this grant must be paid to the student as salary and benefits.
In return for the assistance with her/his research, the supervising faculty member will guide the student in the student's OWN independent research project (or undergraduate thesis) in the context of one 2-5 unit independent study during each term of the Fellowship. The student's research must culminate in a completed project by the end of the second term.
Student and faculty member must apply together -- each completing a part of the application form below after discussing the nature of the projects involved. Students are encouraged to approach faculty to offer their services as an assistant and to arrange for the independent studies (199's). Form should be completed via email by noon on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
Porter College is soliciting applications for funding for poetry-related projects to be undertaken during the upcoming academic year. Grants will be provided from an estimated $20,000 dividend for the year from The Hitchcock Modern Poetry Fund established by Lecturer Emeritus and poet George Hitchcock and poet Marjorie Simon in enduring support of poetry at Porter College. (Please see "Background of the Hitchcock Modern Poetry Fund" below.)
Funds may be requested in any amount. However, requests are expected to exceed available funding and many proposals will likely go unfunded. Funding decisions will be made on the basis of the criteria below and according to the priorities and judgement of the Poetry Advisory Committee, the Porter Executive Committee, and the Porter Provost.
Applications are due in the Porter College Office by noon on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
Proposals are welcome from ALL UCSC faculty (including Lecturers and Emeriti). Students who wish to propose projects must make arrangements with a UCSC faculty advisor who will agree to review and submit the application for funds and who will actively guide the completion of the students' project should funds be awarded. Proposals are particularly sought from faculty fellows and students of Porter College. [See "Criteria" and "Background of the Fund" below.]
Funding is available for a wide variety of projects related to modern and contemporary poetry. Projects may include residencies for poets, readings by poets, commissions for song cycles, a poetry prize, support for performances of poetry-related projects (theater, music, art), a poetry-related conference, etc. The limits are wide and include theory as well as many forms of practice.
Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the quality of the work, the numbers of UCSC students and faculty involved and/or affected, and relevance to Porter College students and faculty. (While students and faculty not associated with Porter are specifically included in this call, each project must, in SOME aspect, involve Porter College students and/or faculty and the degree of Porter involvement will be a factor in the selection process.)
To Be Considered:
Applications must by sent via EMAIL to Porter Provost Assistant, Susan Beach, Porter College: firstname.lastname@example.org. (See APPLICATION FORM below.) Supporting materials may be sent to the Porter College Office and referenced in the emailed application.
Background of the Hitchcock Modern Poetry Fund:
During the summer 2002, George Hitchcock, renowned publisher, poet, painter, and UCSC lecturer emeritus in creative writing, established the Hitchcock Modern Poetry Fund in support of poetry-related activities at Porter College. Following Hitchcock's death in August 2010, his longtime partner, Marjorie Simon, honored and fulfilled Hitchcock’s wishes in perpetuity by securing the Fund with a a gift of $500,000.
While the Porter Provost, in consultation with the Porter Executive Committee, makes final decisions on the uses of available funding, initial decisions are made by an advisory committee established by Mr. Hitchcock and continuing with membership jointly selected by current members of the committee and the Porter Provost.
The Nathan Foley-Mendelssohn Memorial Scholarship supports Porter undergraduates who want or need to travel abroad in conjunction with coursework, creative and scholarly projects, or internships. Up to $5000 will be awarded annually. This fellowship commemorates the life of the son of Kathy Foley, Professor of Theater Arts and College Provost Emerita.
Students with Porter College are eligible to apply for the scholarship, provided that they are in good academic and judicial standing. Awarded funds must be used completely no later than the end of the quarter following the recipient’s graduation.
How to apply
Applications consist of four parts:
- a cover sheet that includes the applicant’s name, class, major department or program, email address, and phone number;
- a statement of no more than 1000 words that describes in detail what the purpose of the travel is, where it will take place, and for what length of time;
- a line-item budget that estimates all costs associated with the applicant’s proposed trip and information about any other funds that have been sought or received from other philanthropic organizations; and
- a written statement of support from a faculty adviser, confirming that the proposed trip is educational in nature.
In order to receive full consideration, complete applications are due to Susan Beach (email@example.com), the Provost’s Assistant, by Friday of the second week of March. Applicants will be notified about the status of their applications by 1 May.