To apply to the Student Engagement Fund, you must complete an online application

As an undergraduate student (or as a faculty/staff member applying on behalf of a student) you may apply to fund research, artistry, or community-based research projects.

If you are majoring in a CLAS program, you can also apply for expense support to travel to conferences and NIU faculty-led study abroad programs. Limited funding is available for non-CLAS majors for travel to conferences and competitions.

Your request must include a clearly stated goal for the project, objectives that reflect the desired experiential learning outcomes and a detailed budget report for requested funds.

Students must have a 2.75 GPA or higher in order to be eligible for the program.

Funding and Expenses

You must request a minimum of $250 and you cannot exceed $3,500 per student per academic year (including both compensation and project supply funds). For these purposes, an academic year will be considered to be fall-spring-summer. All students are eligible to apply!

Project supply awards will range from $250 to $2,500. Eligible expenses include (but are not limited to):

  • Conference registration fees.
  • Travel expenses (excluding local transportation; e.g.: travel in DeKalb County).
  • Materials and supplies specific to the project.
  • Direct project expenses (e.g. copying, mailing surveys, etc.).

Additional Award Restrictions for Students

You may receive support for more than one project, subject to the following annual funding limits:

  • No more than $1,200 per year in compensation.
  • No more than $2,500 per year in project supply funds.
  • No more than $3,500 per year in *total support.
*We recognize that the total support for compensation and project supply funds combined exceeds the $3,500 in total support we are able to offer per applicant annually.


Now accepting applications for fall 2021. The submission deadline is March 15, 2021. All submissions should be able to follow NIU’s COVID-19 guidelines for undergraduate research projects.


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