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Application Information

Applications for Nichols Humanitarian Fund service awards are available twice yearly, in September and January.  If you are planning to participate in a service project during Vanderbilt’s winter or spring breaks, please utilize the fall application window.  Applicants seeking funding for summer programs should apply during the January period.  Application forms will be available on this site, and can be uploaded in the space below.  Deadlines and updates will also be posted here as they become available.


All currently enrolled Vanderbilt students are eligible to receive assistance from the Fund, provided that they are citizens or permanent residents of the United States.    Preference will be given to undergraduate students who have not yet completed their baccalaureate degrees.  Students from all class-years, degree programs, and majors are welcome to apply.


Applications will be read by a selection committee and evaluated according to project organization and preparation, feasibility, fiscal practicality, and impact.  Projects must be service-based, but may focus on any area of work (education, women’s rights, poverty, healthcare, etc).  Students are required to complete and submit the official application form, and to have a selected recommender upload a letter of support.  Upon being granted an award and completing the service project, students will be asked to submit a reflection paper about their experience to the Office of Active Citizenship and Service.

Application Coming Soon

Submit a Letter of Recommendation to Erika Larson.

By email: erika.l.larson@vanderbilt.edu

Or by mail to the following address:


2301 Vanderbilt Place

Nashville, Tennessee