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Undergraduate Creativity Grants

The Curb Center at Vanderbilt is pleased to sponsor the Undergraduate Creativity Grant program, which offers Vanderbilt undergraduate students from any discipline the opportunity to implement original ideas that use creativity as a force for innovation while challenging conventional thinking and fostering unusual conjunctions.

We seek projects that encourage interdisciplinary creativity, campus unity and engagement. More specifically, we encourage proposals for projects that:

  • integrate creative expression and problem-solving
  • generate creative encounters and experiences;
  • facilitate connections across disciplinary, social, and institutional boundaries; and
  • foster the capacity of students to invent, imagine, and express creative solutions in order to lead others in making innovations a reality.

Awards up to $300 per creative idea are made, with the possibility for more funding if the project encourages interdisciplinary connections.  Awardees will also have access to workspaces, mentorships, and material resources, and are expected to attend periodic meetings with like-minded creators throughout award period.

Interested undergraduates should submit proposals of 500 words maximum or an equivalent 3-minute video or slideshow that address the following:

  • How does the project engage a more creative experience?
  • What are the challenges and constraints involved?
  • How is the project interdisciplinary and collaborative?
  • How will you/participants document and reflect on your experiences?
  • What other resources might you need?
  • Detailed Budget
  • Deliverables Timeline & Completion Date

Proposals can be emailed as attachments to, with “Undergraduate Creativity Grant Application” in the subject line.

Grants proposals will be reviewed each month; the Curb Center will award up to three grants per semester, depending on the merit of the applicant pool.

Images from ‘Colors on a Path’
2012 Creativity Grant Winner Amy Blackman