The Oscar Lee Putnam
Cultural and Intellectual Enrichment Program

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The Oscar Lee Putnam Cultural and Intellectual Enrichment Program provides grants for university students from Louisiana* for research, travel, artistic, and internship projects. Proposed projects may be related to a student's course of study or intended career, or they may allow the student to explore talents or interests not specifically related to a curriculum.

Grants will be awarded for the purchase of research materials and sources, for travel and access to special collections or libraries, laboratory supplies, performance-related expenses, art supplies, and to defray other expenses directly incurred by project research during the summer or academic year 2013-2014. Grant funds may not be used to purchase supplies or equipment that will be retained by the student; i.e., all supplies and equipment purchased with grant funds must be expended during the course of the proposed project. Grants also may not be used to participate in organized study abroad programs or other existing programs; they are intended for student-initiated projects only. Examples of such projects may include but are not limited to:

• performance of an original musical or theatrical work,
• research in the laboratory of a faculty mentor,
• research paper or thesis requiring the consultation of special collections,
• exhibition of a portfolio of art,
• research requiring field work or study.

Applicants should make detailed and specific proposals which clearly show how the grant will be used. To be eligible, students must be Louisiana residents, have a 3.0 grade point average (4.0 scale), be 23 years old or younger at the time of the grant, and submit an accompanying “Statement of Financial Condition” (see link above) along with the grant application. The maximum award is $2,000. Recipients will be required to submit a report on their experience during the subsequent academic year. If you would like to be considered for The Oscar Lee Putnam Cultural and Intellectual Enrichment Program, please complete the application and submit it and the required supplementary materials to the Office of Cocurricular Programs, Robert C. Cudd Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 70118, by 5:00 p.m., April 30, 2014. (The deadline has been extended to May 30, 2014.)

*The Putnam grant program is administered by the Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Cocurricular Programs at Tulane University. Putnam applicants are not required to attend Tulane.

For questions, please email or call 504-865-5728.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000