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The Newcomb Grant Program funds research and activities that support the mission of the Newcomb College Institute, which is to provide academic and co-curricular programs that enhance the education of undergraduate women at Tulane University.  The Newcomb Grant Program encourages faculty-student, interdisciplinary, and cross-unit collaborations in the production of new knowledge that may be integrated into the undergraduate curriculum. 

The Fellows Grant Review Committee will consider proposals submitted during these cycles:

  • Fall cycle – deadline to submit is  4 pm on November 1, 2013, with funds available January 1, 2014 through September 1, 2014.
  • Spring cycle – deadline to submit is 4 pm on March 10, 2014, with funds available May 1, 2014 through December 1, 2014.

An applicant MUST be a Newcomb Fellow.

An applicant may submit a Newcomb Fellows grant proposal in ONE of these categories:

  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Community Engagement
  • Special Initiative

Research Grants

The Newcomb Grant program will provide support for individual research towards the completion of articles, books, and projects directly related to a Newcomb Fellow's research. Costs directly associated with a tenure case (mailing or copying of manuscripts) are not funded.

The Newcomb Grant program encourages collaborative proposals from two or more faculty or faculty and student/s that may cross disciplinary and departmental lines. Such proposals should be the result of cooperation by a group of faculty and/or students who prepare one joint submission for consideration. To facilitate implementation of such a grant, one member of the group should be named as coordinator.

Travel, either to complete research or to present at an academic conference, seminar, or workshop, can be a budget item in a research proposal.

Teaching Grants

Teaching grants may be used to fund classroom enhancement activities such as a speaker, speaker panel or conference within an existing class/es, within an academic program or department, or across departments or disciplines.  Proposals for an event involving multiple speakers or departments are encouraged.

The Newcomb Grant Program will consider proposals to re-design an existing course so that it can be taught as a Gender & Sexuality Studies course.

Teaching grants may fund the development of new courses. The grant will consist of a planning grant for the faculty member devising the course, and  additional funding may be requested for special projects directly related to the class (class speakers, field research, special materials).The faculty member must secure the permission of the department chair and include it with the proposal.
Special attention will be given to interdisciplinary and experiential courses that can be crosslisted with Gender & Sexuality Studies.  Following are some examples of past seminars supported by the Newcomb Grant Program:

  • Women in the Civil Rights Movement with history, political science, and English faculty including tours of the region.
  • Women Entrepreneurs with business faculty visiting women in business throughout the region with internships as part of the course.
  • Archival Gulf South with historians, art historians, and librarians exploring the rich archival heritage of our city.
  • Women in the Music Industry with music faculty.

The Newcomb Grant Program encourages the development of Newcomb Scholars Seminars.

Community Engagement Grants

These grants may be collaborative in nature (involving participants from more than one department or discipline) or non-collaborative (involving a single participant or participants from a single department or discipline). An essential component of the project is the involvement of a local grassroots organization doing specific work in the community, and a letter of support from that organization must be included with the proposal. Projects must in some way directly involve and benefit women students at Tulane.  If the project is collaborative, a single person should be designated as the coordinator.

A project team must be developed and should include: (a) the grant applicant as coordinator (b) student/s  (c) local grassroots organization.  An agreement between these parties must be submitted with the application packet and must be signed by each of the faculty members and students involved.  The agreement should include a time frame of the project and roles/responsibilities of each faculty member and student at the site.  The agreement should also include the role of the local grassroots organization at the site (this is in addition to the letter of support from the local grassroots organization).


After the project is completed, the recipient of the grant must send a written report to the Newcomb Grants Review Committee that includes: description of each participant's role; assessment and evaluation of the academic contribution of project; recommendations for future community projects; recommendations for research in the specific area of community involvement.

Special Initiative Grants

These grants will fund a large event or project such as a speaker series, conference, art show or film festival. There may be a single event or there may be several events within the same theme/topic which are scheduled throughout the academic year and held on the Tulane campus.  The funded project may be departmental (involving one or more participants from a single department or discipline) or interdepartmental (involving participants from more than one department or discipline) and must in some way directly involve and benefit undergraduate women students at Tulane University.  If the project will involve two or more persons (even if from the same department/discipline), please designate one as the coordinator.
The Special Initiative Grant is not intended to be the sole source of support for the event/s planned, and applicants are encouraged to seek additional funding from other sources and list those sources as either confirmed or pending on the budget worksheet.  The coordinator of the project must consult with the event coordinator at the Newcomb College Institute in selecting event dates to avoid conflicts with other Institute-sponsored events, and the Institute must be listed on all promotional materials.  Staff members of The Newcomb College Institute do not provide administrative support for the implementation of Newcomb-funded grants.  If writing a proposal for a series of events, applicants should consider the need for administrative support in implementing the grant and may include the hiring of a female undergraduate, at minimum wage, in the proposed budget.

The Guidelines for Faculty Grant Proposals and the Values criteria listed below will be used in evaluating proposals for this grant. At the end of the semester of the grant, the coordinator of the project must submit a detailed report in PowerPoint format to the Institute.  The Institute may use the final report in its printed or electronic materials.

The Newcomb Grants Review Committee will determine the number of proposals awarded in this category and the amount awarded to each, dependent on funds available and the number and quality of proposals received.

Funds for this grant will be available for a full year. The coordinator of the project must include the department chair's approval form.

ALL APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE THESE GUIDELINES:

  • You may submit a proposal for a particular project in only ONE category.
  • You may submit only ONE proposal per cycle.
  • You may submit ONE research proposal per academic year. (If your research proposal is funded, you cannot submit another research proposal in the same academic year.  If your research proposal is not funded, you may re-submit that proposal or another proposal in the next cycle.)
  • You may submit ONE teaching proposal per cycle.
  • There is no "appeals process" for proposals that were not funded.  An applicant may, however, re-submit the proposal following the guidelines above.
  • VALUES: Applicant should incorporate each of these values into the project, and the proposal must clearly describe each:
    • Student involvement (highest priority)
    • Quality of presentation
    • Support of the Newcomb College Institute's mission
    • Community involvement (if applicable)
    • Past support from Fellows program (If project for which you are requesting funding has been supported by a previous Fellows grant, please indicate during which cycle you received support.)

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