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Application Information

How to Apply

Applications to the Nichols Humanitarian Fund are now open. Apply online between October 1 and November 15. The deadline to submit applications is midnight November 15.


All currently enrolled Vanderbilt students are eligible to receive assistance from the Fund. At this time, funding is only available for service projects with a duration of more than two weeks and must 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. 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, (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 (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 melissa.v.looby@vanderbilt.edu.

Submit a Letter of Recommendation to Melissa Looby.

By email: melissa.v.looby@vanderbilt.edu

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 melissa.v.looby@vanderbilt.edu by August 31st.