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
The James B. Hall Prize for Outstanding Essay
The James B. Hall Prize for Outstanding Creative Project

Porter Student Senate Grants

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.


Creative and Innovative (C&I) Grants

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.


Porter College Undergraduate Fellowships & Student Project Funds


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.


 Applications are due in the Porter College Office the second Friday in April.

Applications must include:

  • a completed application form including a detailed budget
  • a written recommendation from a faculty sponsor (email to porteradviser@ucsc.edu)

Questions? Inquire at the Porter College Office or send email to porteradviser@ucsc.edu.

Application for Porter Undergraduate Fellowships and Student Project Funds


Porter Research Fellowships

There are up to four Research Fellowships to be awarded by Porter College.

The Program:

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 the second Friday of April. Applications are due to the Porter College Office by Noon on the second Friday of April. Please send your application via email to Tiffany Burns, College Academic Programs Coordinator, at tiffany@ucsc.edu.

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 the second Friday of April.

Application for Porter Research Fellowship


Hitchcock Modern Poetry Fund

The Hitchcock Modern Poetry Fund provides enduring support for poetry at Porter College and UC Santa Cruz, thanks to a generous gift in 2002 from George Hitchcock, a renowned publisher, poet, painter, and Lecturer Emeritus at the University. Following Hitchcock’s death in August 2012, the poet Marjorie Simon honored Hitchcock’s life and work, and his hopes for poetry at Porter College, by donating an additional $500,000 to the Fund. Today, the Fund generates approximately $20,000 each year, to be distributed in grants for projects that will be completed in the year following the year in which funding is sought.


All UCSC faculty, including lecturers and emeriti, are eligible to apply to the Fund. Applications for funding initiated by undergraduates and graduate students must be submitted by a UCSC faculty member who agrees to be an advisor to the project. Proposals from students and faculty who are affiliated with Porter College are especially welcome.

Evaluation of applications

The College Provost, in consultation with Porter’s Executive Committee and the Poetry Advisory Committee, shall determine the final status of all applications to the Fund. All successful applications will propose projects of high quality that are likely to involve, affect, or be of interest to the UCSC community and the Porter College community in particular. All proposals must describe the benefit of the project for students or faculty who are affiliated with Porter College. This criterion will be an important factor in the selection process. 

Funds may be requested in any amount. However, applicants should be advised that requests ordinarily exceed the amount of available funding, and therefore many requests will likely be denied.

How to apply

The annual deadline for applications is the second Friday in April at Noon. Applications should be sent electronically to Tiffany Burns, College Academic Programs Coordinator, at tiffany@ucsc.edu. Results will be announced by the end of the spring quarter. 

In order to receive full consideration, applications must have four clearly labeled parts: a coversheet, a proposal, a budget, and (in the case of student applications) the endorsement of the applicant’s faculty advisor. 

The coversheet must include the applicant’s name, department or program affiliation, quarter of graduation (if the applicant is a student), email address, phone number, and amount requested from the Fund. 

The proposal, which should be no more than 750 words, must describe how a grant from the Fund will be used. 

The budget must itemize all of the costs associated with the completion and presentation of the project, including those costs for which Porter funding is not sought. The budget should also clearly identify what other sources of funding have been sought, in what amounts, and whether those other applications have been successful.  

In the case of applications from undergraduates and graduate students, the faculty advisor’s endorsement must clearly state that the application is, to the best of his or her knowledge, an accurate representation of the costs associated with the proposal. The endorsement must also clearly and explicitly state the faculty advisor’s commitment to guiding the project to completion.

Application for Hitchcock Modern Poetry Funding


Foley-Mendelssohn Travel Scholarship

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 Tiffany Burns, College Academic Programs Coordinator, at tiffany@ucsc.edu by Friday of the second week of March. Applicants will be notified about the status of their applications by the end of May.


The James B. Hall Prize for Outstanding Essay
The James B. Hall Prize for Outstanding Creative Project

In memory of James B. Hall, Professor of Creative Writing and founding Provost of Porter College, and in celebration of the University’s fiftieth anniversary in 2014-15, The James B. Hall Prize for Outstanding Essay and The James B. Hall Prize for Outstanding Creative Project recognize exceptional achievement in the Porter College Core Course.

The Prize for Outstanding Essay will be awarded to three students who, in the judgment of the College Provost and Core faculty, have written analytical essays that consistently demonstrate the principles of good writing that the Core Course teaches.

The Prize for Outstanding Creative Project will be awarded to three students who, in the judgment of the College Provost, Core faculty, and Porter freshman class, thoroughly engage and transform the topics and questions of the Core Course in works of art.

Each prize winner will receive a $250 scholarship. Awards will be made during EnCore.