Eligibility


You can apply for a SIPS Fund grant in our annual grant cycle if you are:

  • A current undergraduate student of Georgetown University.

  • A Georgetown University alumnus who graduated after 2011.

  • Pursuing a not-for-profit project that in some way relates to social innovation, public service and/or environmental sustainability


What is an ideal SIPS project?

A project that fulfills four key criteria:

  1. Impact on the student
  2. Impact on the community
  3. Sustainability
  4. Innovation

Please refer to the SIPS Fund project rubric for further explanation of these four criteria. The rubric is a great indicator in how your project will be evaluated by the Executive Committee!

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You can apply for a SIPS Fund grant in our Summer Scholars grant cycle if you are:

  • A current undergraduate student Georgetown University.
  • Pursuing an unpaid internship, summer experience, or not-for-profit project that in some way relates to social innovation and/or public service.
  • Have a plan to take initiative in your summer experience in a way that engages at a deeper level with your local community.

Expectations for a SIPS Grantee

  • Willing and able to participate in all SIPS programming! Throughout the year, we will hold periodic check-in meetings, workshops, and trainings to ensure your success and safety.
  • Be responsive in communication, and reach out proactively to address any project issues, with your Project Manager and the SIPS Fund Managing Director.
  • Share project development updates with your Project Manager throughout the process, and when the time comes designing metrics for success for post-project evaluation.
  • Document your project by writing blogs or recording vlog posts for the SIPS website throughout the lead-up, execution, and post-implementation stages of your project. We want to help you show the world how you took your project from idea to reality!
  • Share reflections and evaluations of how the project went relative to your expectations, while providing honest feedback to the SIPS executive committee.
  • Upon your return, present your project and results in an on-campus symposium for the SIPS Board, our partners, and fellow students.

Funding

SIPS grantee:

As a SIPS Fund grantee in our annual cycle, your application review will be reviewed in the fall and we will help develop your project throughout the semester and connect you to the resources you need for project success, leading up to final Board approval in February. Most SIPS grants receive anywhere between $200 - $10,000 in funding, dependent on the needs of the project. Funding is dispersed towards the end of the annual grant cycle. Please refer to our applicant timeline for more details.

Summer Scholar:

SIPS summer scholars submit applications for funding in March and will be notified of their application decision in early April. Summer scholars receive between $500-$1,000 in funding. Please refer to our applicant timeline for more details.


Check out our past grantees to see the kinds of projects we’ve funded in the past! And please feel free to reach out to sipsfund@georgetown.edu if you have any questions about your eligibility.