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Arts Grants for Undergrads

Jan 11, 2012

Arts Grants for Undergrads

Funding for Duke undergraduates pursuing arts-centered projects and independent study is available from several grant programs administered by the Undergraduate Research Support Office and the Trinity College Academic Advising Center.

Benenson Awards in the Arts fund independent summer projects. The typical award is about $2000, and graduating seniors may apply. Students enrolled in an Independent Study course or private instruction can apply for URS Creative Arts Grants of up to $400. Dannenberg Grants of up to $500 for faculty-supervised independent study in the creative arts are available to first-year and sophomore students who have not yet declared a major.

Benenson Awards in the Arts

  • Deadline: March 1, 2012 The deadline has passed for this grant.
  • Purpose: cover expenses of fees, equipment, supplies, travel, etc. for arts-centered projects
  • Eligibility: Trinity or Pratt students, including graduating seniors
  • Time Frame: Summer (or beyond)
  • Funding: up to $4500

The Benenson Awards in the Arts provide funds for fees, equipment, supplies, travel, production, and other educational expenses for arts-centered projects proposed by undergraduates. Applicants must be undergraduates in good standing in Trinity College or the Pratt School of Engineering; seniors may apply funds to projects planned for the one year period following graduation. For information and inspiration, please see the description of previous awards made in 2009 and 2010.

Approximately 20 awards are made each year; recent awards have ranged from $600-4500 with an average award size of $1800.

Detailed guidelines and application forms are available from the Undergraduate Research Support Office.

URS Creative Arts Grants

  • Deadline: February 3, 2012  The deadline has passed for this grant.
  • Purpose: Expenses for students in faculty-supervised independent study in the creative arts
  • Eligibility: Trinity or Pratt
  • Time Frame: Fall and Spring
  • Funding: Up to $400

URS Creative Arts Grants are provided to help defray project expenses of up to $400 for Trinity and Pratt students enrolled in faculty-supervised Independent Study courses or full-credit private instruction in the creative arts (e.g., Art & Visual Studies, Dance, Literature, Music, Theater Studies).

Detailed guidelines and application forms are available from the Undergraduate Research Support Office.

Dannenberg Grants

  • Deadline: February 28, 2012 The deadline has passed for this grant.
  • Purpose: Expenses for faculty-mentored, problem-oriented projects in natural or social sciences, humanities, and the arts
  • Eligibility: Undeclared first-year and sophomore students at Trinity or Pratt
  • Time Frame: Spring semester of the first year at Duke, summer after the first year, or fall semester of the sophomore year
  • Funding: Up to $500

Through the generosity of the Richard B. Dannenberg Endowment, the Academic Advising Center offers grants to foster intellectual connections between faculty and students at the beginning of their undergraduate career. Dannenberg grants provide funding of up to $500 to undeclared first-year and sophomore students to support faculty-mentored, problem-oriented projects in natural or social sciences, humanities, and the arts. Grant recipients are encouraged to present their work at the annual Visible Thinking celebration of Duke undergraduate research.

Forms and instructions are available from the Trinity College Academic Advising Center.

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