The purpose of the Doerr Institute's Student Leadership Stipend is to encourage and support the development of students' capacity to lead across the University by increasing accessibility to unpaid leadership opportunities on campus for students who are in need of financial assistance.
Doerr Institute Student Leadership Stipends provide students in formal leadership positions with both financial and developmental support through grants of up to $5,000 and continued leader development support during and after their tenure in their position.
Students may apply for funding for any unpaid on-campus leadership position, whether elected or appointed. Eligible positions include, but are not limited to, leadership positions in student government, the residential college system, and student run clubs or organizations. Applicants may apply for funding for a currently held position or pre-apply for a position they intend on running/applying for. In the case of pre-applications, funding will be contingent upon election or appointment to the position.
The maximum stipend amount is $5,000. Awards will vary in size based on the selection criteria below. Stipends are intended to support a student in a leadership position for one term (typically equivalent to two semesters). Stipends will be transferred to students in three parts. The first third of the total stipend will be transferred to the student upon the commencement of the leadership position (or at the time of selection in the case of currently held positions), the second third will be transferred approximately half way through the expected tenure in the leadership position (typically 4-6 months after the initial funds are received), and the final third will be transferred in the final months of the expected tenure (typically 8-9 months after the initial funds are received). If for any reason, a stipend recipient leaves his/her leadership position before his/her tenure is up, he/she must forfeit any un-transferred funds.
A student's financial standing will not be shared beyond the review committee chosen to select the leadership stipend recipients. In addition, if selected, the Doerr Institute will not share a student's name as a recipient of the leadership stipend unless given permission.
Full-time undergraduate and graduate students at Rice who currently hold or intend to run/apply for unpaid leadership positions on campus are eligible to apply. Students must be able to demonstrate financial need. Priority will be given to students with a family income of $65,000 and below.
The review will be completed by a committee of Doerr Institute staff based on the selection criteria below. Applicants should recognize that this is a selective process, and not every applicant who meets the minimum criteria will be funded. Applications are reviewed in November and March, with decisions announced in December and April respectively.
Proposals will be evaluated based on their fulfillment of the following criteria. The same student may not apply for multiple Doerr Institute Student Leadership Stipends simultaneously.
Leader Development Plan
Recipients are required to schedule three check-ins with the Doerr Institute Leadership Stipend program manager. The purpose of these check-ins is to ensure that the student has all the necessary support for success in his or her position and to help Doerr Institute staff continuously improve the grant process for the future. The check-in process is driven by the student and, as a result, may look different for each recipient depending on his or her specific needs.
Applications closed September 15, 2019, for positions beginning in Fall 2019 (or for currently held positions that will continue through Fall 2019 or Spring 2020).
The second wave of submissions will be due November 30, 2019, for positions beginning in Spring 2020.
For positions commencing in Fall 2020, proposals are due February 1, 2020.
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