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Application Information

How to Apply

Apply online in the fall semester. Applications ordinarily open around the end of October and close on the last day of classes. Awards are announced early in the spring semester. Contact the Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt  for the exact schedule each year.

Here’s a short video about the Fund and how to apply.


It is preferred that students’ proposed projects for funding be a minimum of two weeks in length and occur during the summer academic break. Preference will be given to undergraduate students who have not yet completed their baccalaureate degrees and students who have yet to receive the award. Awards are based on merit and need but students must demonstrate financial need in order to be considered for assistance. Students from all degree programs and majors are welcome to apply. Experiences are preferred to be completed before students graduate.

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 service-based but may focus on any area of work (e.g. education, women’s rights, poverty, healthcare, etc.).

Students are required to complete and submit the official application form. A complete application consists of the online application which includes short answer questions and uploading a detailed budget. All elements of the application will be completed and uploaded into the InfoReady system.

Award Requirements

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

Throughout the service project, student recipients are required to submit Facebook posts to the dedicated Nichols Humanitarian Fund page. The posts will be brief yet descriptive updates of the incredible service projects and overall experiences each student is accomplishing. Photos are always welcome!

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 the Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt  at by August 31st.