Applying for the Project Pericles Fund
Step 1: Project Concept Document (Due by October 15)
Teams of students who are interested in applying for Pericles funding should submit a project concept document following these guidelines:
- PROJECT TITLE
- ABSTRACT: A successful abstract will tell us what the issue or problem is, and note where it occurs (1 sentence); it tells us about the specific constituencies who are directly impacted by this issue or problem (1 sentence); it will describe how the project addresses the problem or issue described above (1 sentence); and it will tell us what your solution is, what change(s) or outcome(s) you anticipate seeing as a result of your project (and for whom) (1 -2 sentences). (5 sentences total).
- VISION & SCOPE: The vision and scope of a project to foster systems/structure change or otherwise create social impact.
- TEAM: Introduce members of the student team (names, major/minor, class years, student ID numbers) and the capacity of the students to enact a project, as evidenced by related experience and study. Refer to non-student team members, if known and applicable.
- DESIGN: Processes and methods by which the project could be implemented.
- STAKEHOLDERS: Who are the stakeholders and how will they be engaged in the project design, implementation, and/or evaluation of the project? Provide evidence of stakeholder support.
- DEMAND: Is there demand for a project like this? How do you know?
- FEASIBILITY: Feasibility of the project design, if known.
- SOCIAL IMPACT: Anticipated impact of the project in terms of measurable outcomes in the near and long term.
Step 2: Concept Pitch (Scheduled by October 31)
Teams who submitted a project concept document may be invited to "pitch" their project (in person or virtual). The pitch is a 3- to 5-minute opportunity to convey essential things about your project idea or “concept.” Pitches should conclude with an “ask” of the audience—for seed funding; for advice, participation, or other support; for permission to submit an application for full funding, etc. The audience for your pitch could include members of the Lang Center advisory board, faculty, staff, community members, and so on. After the pitch, anticipate questions. Once the team departs, those assembled at the pitch will decide together whether to respond favorably to the “ask.”
Student groups who engage in the concept pitch may receive seed funding for further research, and ultimately find that their project idea is not feasible. In that case, teams are under no obligation to enact a full-scale project. If seed funding is unused, however, it should be repaid to the College.
Student groups who receive permission to submit an application for full funding (up to $25,000 over multiple years) should do so no later than December 31. The selection committee will evaluate the application, and if need be, interview and deliberate between January and February. Groups will be alerted of their application status by March 1, if not sooner.