Want to Bring a Distinguished Scholar to Campus?

Alumnae group accepting grant applications through April 1

February 8, 2018

The Alumnae of Northwestern University is soliciting proposals to bring distinguished scholars, speakers, and artists to the Evanston campus for lectures, master classes, or performances in the 2018–2019 school year.

This year approximately $35,000 of funding is available. It may be awarded in its entirety to support one project, or awarded in smaller amounts to several worthy proposals. Proposal submissions must be received before April 1, 2018.

The primary goal of the funding is to help enrich the intellectual and cultural learning experience of undergraduate students and/or the entire University community.

Recent grant recipients include:

  • School of Communication’s Department of Theatre, which hosted Lisa Wolpe, founder of the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company;
  • Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Physics and Astronomy, which hosted astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson;
  • Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, which hosted journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, who delivered the lecture, “The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Day-Long Teach-In”;
  • Weinberg College’s Department of Psychology, which invited Johns Hopkins University Professor Kay Redfield Jamison to speak to 1,000 students about depression and bipolar disorder.

The Alumnae of Northwestern grant was key to bringing renowned astrophysicist deGrasse Tyson to campus, where he delivered the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) annual public lecture in 2015.

“His two-hour talk on the latest discoveries in the universe was delivered to an overflow audience of mostly undergraduates and the general public,” says David Meyer, physics and astronomy and a member of CIERA who helped organize the discussion. “The lecture was enthusiastically received with vigorous participation by the audience in the question-and-answer session that followed.

Proposals must include the following information:

  • A project description, including a line-item budget;
  • An estimate of the number of undergraduates who would be impacted by the project;
  • An explanation of how the project would enrich undergraduate education;
  • A statement indicating whether partial funding will be acceptable; if so, include a list of additional funding sources;
  • A statement describing how this award from The Alumnae of Northwestern University would be acknowledged or publicized throughout the life of the project.

Proposals that are more than two pages or that do not include all information requested above will not be considered. Grant funds must be used by August 31, 2019.

Proposal submissions must be received via website or form submitted by email on or before April 1. Proposals received after that date will not be considered. All proposals will be acknowledged within 15 days of receipt. If you fail to receive notification, contact Maggie Lovaas. Recipients of Academic Enrichment grants will be notified by June 1, 2018.

The Alumnae of Northwestern University is an all-volunteer organization of women who raise funds for a wide range of projects to benefit Northwestern University while sharing the University’s academic resources with the community through its Continuing Education program. Founded in 1916, The Alumnae has given more than $8 million to the University in the form of grants, fellowships, scholarships, summer internships, and endowed professorships.

The Alumnae Grant for Undergraduate Academic Enrichment is funded by an endowment established in 1990 in honor of The Alumnae’s 75th Anniversary.

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