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CIL Funding

There are a variety of funding opportunities and resources available to Swarthmore students in the Center for Innovation and Leadership. We support students interested in developing themselves and the world around them through thoughtful and ethical leadership, creative problem solving, and personal development.  If you have any additional questions about these funds please contact the CIL (cil@swarthmore.edu)!

Students can apply to the following three funds:

The Design and Development Fund (DDF) 

Open to all students for off-campus excursions, conferences, events, and programs that support their personal development as leaders and innovators. This fund supports students to pursue experiences that help them design their future in alignment with the mission of the CIL. This can include the cost of travel, ticket, or other fees.

Application for the DDF can be found here.

**The DDF is temporarily suspended as we continue to monitor COVID-19. If there are online conferences or opportunities you need to pay for in order to participate, please contact the CIL (cil@swarthmore.edu) directly to hear how we could support you!

CIL Summer Fund

Open to first-years, sophomores, and juniors ONLY. The CIL will provide a $4,800 stipend per student seeking an internship, research opportunity, etc. in innovation, management, entrepreneurship, or leadership. 

Timeline: For use May-August 2020
Applications are open January 21 - February 5, 2020

CIL Ventures Fund

Open to students who demonstrate a significant commitment and passion towards their own active venture: business, social enterprise, or blended model.  Students are encouraged to apply for funding that will directly support their venture, or for additional training, travel, and other needs or requests as they arise. 

Timeline: Ventures Fund is open to students during the academic year

The Design and Development Fund

The DDF is intended to support students to attend off-campus excursions, events, and programs that support their personal development as leaders and innovators. Students may apply for funding as individuals or as a group. The DDF is a reimbursement process and students will be required to submit funding requests prior to the start of the program. In order to receive a reimbursement, students will be asked to submit all relevant receipts and a personal reflection. The full terms and conditions are outlined below. 

CIL Mission: The CIL cultivates co-curricular opportunities at the intersection of leadership, entrepreneurship, and management for students to develop into creative, adaptable, ethical individuals. 

Timeline: DDF is available to students during the academic year.

Fund Constraints:

  • Funding must be approved in advance of the program. Application requests will not be honored retroactively.
  • Funding can be used for conferences, symposia, summits, pitch competitions, hackathons, or other related events that are in line with the mission of the CIL.
  • Students may receive funding up to twice per academic semester, depending on the available funds.
  • The DDF is open to all current students provided they are active, enrolled students.
  • Funding for international travel expenses is not available at this time.
  • Approved funding does not constitute approved absence from classes.

Reimbursement Requirements:

  • All original receipts should be sent (via email) or dropped off to Samantha Coccerino (Parrish 101) within 10 business days of the event.
  • Reimbursements will not be processed without a post-event report.

Post-Event Report Template (no more than 2 pages)

  • Include names, years, and majors of all attendees.
  • Each student must outline their personal development attained from the experience.
  • Questions to consider, include:
    • How do you think your experience will relate to your academic goals and areas of study when you return to campus?
    • What skills did you learn or improve?
    • What are the three detailed action items you will enact as you return to campus?
    • What have you individually learned about yourself or the work or industry you've been involved in?
  • A detailed budget of how the funds were spent.
  • Anything else you'd like us to know about your experience and if you recommend this event to a fellow student.

Pre-Travel Requirements: 
If traveling, each student requesting funding is required to complete the Swarthmore College Assumption of Risk Waiver of Liability Form.
 

CIL Summer Fund

The CIL will support select summer experiences with a stipend of $4,800 for students pursuing opportunities in innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership. The experience must be tied to the CIL’s mission to cultivate co-curricular opportunities at the intersection of leadership, entrepreneurship, and management for students to develop into creative, adaptable, ethical individuals.

Interested students must submit an application detailing the proposed opportunity, including information on where the experience will take place and how it will contribute to their academic coursework and time at Swarthmore. Students must be in good standing in both their academic program and student conduct. As part of the application process, students must consent to a review of their student records to determine eligibility.

Timeline:

  • Applications are open from January 21 - February 5, 2020 - Applications are no longer open for  Summer 2020.
  • Decisions will go out via email in early March
  • Funding is meant to support an experience between May and August, 2020

Requirements: 

  • Application 
  • Resume 
  • Transcript (unofficial)
  • Be in good standing both academically and in student conduct
  • Students awarded CIL summer funding will be required to produce a report at the end of their summer experience
CIL Ventures Fund

The CIL Ventures Fund is a grant award that aims to support students who demonstrate a significant commitment and passion towards an active venture: business, social enterprise, or blended model. Interested students are encouraged to apply for funding that will directly support this venture or for other needs as they arise, such as training or travel. This fund is intended to support the growth of a venture and should be used after compelling work and research has gone into a project rather than at the inception of the project. 

Timeline: the Ventures Fund is available to students during the academic year

Fund Constraints:

  • Students may only apply to this fund once a semester. 
  • Funding will be granted based on the level of detail in the budget proposal and intended use of the monies in relation to the identified goals for the venture. 
  • All applicants must be active Swarthmore College students at the time of application.

Requirements: 

  • Written proposal submitted to the CIL (cil@swarthmore.edu) including but not limited to the following:
    • Short description of the project and evidence of a research-based approach to the value of the venture.
    • List of students or individuals actively involved in the project and their role(s).
    • Detailed budget request with justification for each line item. 
    • Goals and outcomes for the project that align with the budget request.
    • Applicants must have faculty or staff sponsorship to apply via an email from the faculty or staff member directly to the CIL.
  • Value Report submitted to the CIL  
    • Intended to align with the experience of working with a funder in the future, this grant requires two quarterly updates to the Center for Innovation and Leadership.
    • Reports should be sent 3 months and 6 months after the funding has been provided and detail progress and updated goals.