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Application Information

How to Apply

Applications to the Nichols Humanitarian Fund are available each Fall. Apply online between October 1 and November 15. The deadline to submit applications is midnight November 15. A complete application consists of the online application, a letter of recommendation, short answer questions, detailed budget, and explanation of financial need.


All currently enrolled Vanderbilt students are eligible to receive assistance from the Fund. It is preferred that students’ proposed public service or projects for funding be a minimum of two weeks in length. Preference will be given to undergraduate students who have not yet completed their baccalaureate degrees and students who have yet to receive the award. Financial need is considered, however applications will not be evaluated solely on financial need. Students from all class-years, degree programs, and majors are welcome to apply.

Application Requirements

Applications will be read by a selection committee and evaluated according to the following (1) project organization and feasibility including fiscal practicality and risk management considerations (2) impact on the community being served, (3) expected outcomes both personally and for the community, and (4) motivation for pursuing the service experience.  Projects must be public service or 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 letter of recommendation sent to

Submit a Letter of Recommendation to Melissa Looby.

By email:

Or by mail to the following address:

2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, Tennessee
To apply to the 2017-2018 Nichols Humanitarian Fund, please fill out this application

Award Requirements

Upon being granted an award, students are required to submit a photograph of themselves and a brief bio that includes hometown, class year, major or current course of study, and where they will be doing their service project.

Throughout the service project, student recipients are required to submit a minimum of two blog posts. The posts will be brief yet descriptive updates of the service project and overall experience.

After completing the service project, students are required to submit a reflection paper that summarizes their experience, lessons learned and outcomes achieved. The reflection paper is due to by August 31st.