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Grants and Fellowship Opportunities

Below you will find links to various descriptions of and applications for grants, fellowships, and awards. For answers to inquiries or for help with applying, contact us.

Campus Compact
Campus Compact is a coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents representing some 6 million students who are committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education. An updated list of funding opportunities and fellowships for students and faculty can be found at Campus Compact.

Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur (CASE) Grant
The Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur CASE Grant competition is offered in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, India, and South Africa to students whose proposals represent the most innovative and promising ways to serve the community while applying what is learned in the classroom to these projects. In this prestigious recognition, a student winner in the United States receives a grant of $1,000 (amount is adjusted to accommodate the local economy of a country) to implement his/her proposal, a certificate of merit signed by President and Mrs. Carter, and the project summaries are published on: and

Do Something Grants
Want to make a difference but lack funds to start? can help. Weekly grants of $500 are given to students and students groups who create and sustain projects to help with various social justice issues. Get a jump-start on your community service and make a difference. For more information, please visit

Ford Foundation Grants
Founded to advance human welfare, the Ford Foundation is a resource for innovative people and institutions around the world.

Frank Newman Leadership Award
The Frank Newman Leadership Award provides financial support and mentorship to assist students achieve their civic and academic goals. Two $5,000 awards are available to undergraduate students at Campus Compact member colleges and universities.

Jenzabar Foundation Grant
The Jenzabar Foundation welcomes grant proposals from institutions of higher education and recognized US-based non-profit organizations. The Foundation will entertain proposals that serve broader interests in the areas of education and social welfare. Students groups are encouraged to apply online as well as obtain more information about the grant.

K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award
The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students that show promise as future leaders in the field of higher education, those who demonstrate a devotion to academic and civic responsibility development in themselves and others; and those whose work has a strong emphasis on learning and teaching. 

MacArthur Fellows Program
The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. There are several funding topics to choose from, including Human Rights, Environment, Public Health and Medicine, Technology, Religious Studies, and more! To browse fellowships, click here.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world.

Social Justice Grant Fund – The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
Grants (up to $5,000) are awarded to organizations that are working to improve their communities for all underserved individuals, especially women and children. Established in 1981, the grants are used to support local, national, and international programs supporting social justice. To learn more, click here.

Starbucks Foundation-Starbucks Shared Planet Youth Action Grants
Deadline: Rolling
Youth Action Grants are designed to help youth realize their natural potential to reinvent their local communities. The Starbucks Foundation accepts applications from organizations that provide young people (ages 6-24) with a continuum of service opportunities in social entrepreneurship. Grants range from $10,000 to $25,000. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status. Contact the Starbucks Foundation for more information and to apply for this funding.

State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grants
State Farm Grants are available to institutions of higher education for projects which are youth initiated, designed, and carried out in conjunction with a community partner. Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000 and are evaluated by the youth advisory board for how well they utilize service-learning to address access to higher education, environmental responsibility, financial literacy, disaster preparedness, and driver safety. Detailed information on the RFP process, grant requirements, evaluation and eligibility criteria is available here.

STOP Hunger Scholarship
The Sodexo Foundation seeks applicants for the STOP Hunger Scholarships to recognize students in the fight against hunger in America. The STOP Hunger Scholarships recognize and reward students who have made a significant impact in the fight against hunger and its root causes in the United States.

Application materials available here »

True Hero Competition
The TRUE HERO™ organization will award money for community service project expenses to qualified colleges and community organizations. The awards will be granted to those student community service projects receiving the most eligible votes from the general public during the current school year (July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011). In order to be eligible to win, the student community service project must involve at least three volunteers younger than 23 years old. To apply and for more information, please visit

US President’s Volunteer Service Award
Individuals and groups are eligible to receive federal recognition from the President of the United States for hours served in the community over a 12-month period. As a certifying organization, Stony Brook University can assist individuals and groups with verifying their volunteer hours and submission of applications. For more information on the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award, click here.

Volunteers for Prosperity
The Office of Volunteers for Prosperity (VFP) in cooperation with the USA Freedom Corps at the White House, and Global Giving Foundation, launched the Volunteers for Prosperity Service Incentive Program or VFPServ. This is an innovative public-private partnership to help address the financial challenges facing a number of skilled Americans interested in short-term international voluntary service by providing matching grants ranging from $500 to $1000 to offset travel, insurance, and local living costs.

Stony Brook University Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards

Student Life Awards »

Student Leader Awards
Advocacy Leadership Award

Honors a student who has demonstrated strong leadership in generating campus wide awareness about existing social issues and advocated for change in the community.

Multicultural Leadership Award

Honors a student leader who has displayed strong leadership and advocacy on diversity issues and has devoted time and effort to the improvement of the University community.

Emerging Leadership Award

Honors a freshman or sophomore student who has taken on new leadership roles and has demonstrated significant progress towards achieving their leadership potential through campus and community involvement.

The Theresa Montenaro Student Leadership Award

This award honors a junior or senior student leader who goes beyond the call of duty and regularly gives 200%. Throughout her 20 years as a custodian in the Stony Brook Union, Theresa Monetanaro was committed to providing a caring and safe environment for all students, faculty, and staff. Nominees must exemplify Theresa Montenaro’s unique qualities, which include the ability to listen with understanding, guide without boundaries, give and take with love, and grow with each passing day.

Elizabeth D. Couey Award

This award is named after the first Director of the Stony Brook Union and is awarded to a graduating senior(expected graduation date of December 2012, May 2013, or August 2013) for outstanding contributions towards the improvement and growth of student life at Stony Brook. Nominees must exemplify Elizabeth Couey’s unique qualities of exemplary service, visionary leadership, and an unceasing dedication to enhancing campus life.

Student Organization Awards
Collaboration Award 

Honors a student organization that has consistently collaborated with a variety of student groups and/or University departments throughout the academic year to produce quality activities and/or services.

Student Life Enhancement Award

Honors an organization for developing and implementing improvements in the quality of student life and demonstrates an efficient use of resources. Organization fosters positive change within the Stony Brook community through effective programming and/or student activism.

Distinguished Service Award 

Honors an organization for performing continuous service to the student body and the University community through exceptional efforts that are meaningful, make a lasting impact, and foster positive relationships.

Most Outstanding Organization Award 

Honors an organization which has been able to involve the campus in its organization issues, follows its mission statement, plays a leadership role on campus, is involved in the campus community, is open minded and diverse, has the ability to accept and overcome challenges, and sustains itself in creative ways.

Student Organization Program Awards
Advocacy Program Award

Unique program that makes the campus community aware of a major social issue, supports community service work, and implements an action-based response.

Community Service Program Award

Awarded to a community service program or project that has helped others in the community as well as educated through active service and service learning.

Educational Program Award

Creative program that promotes greater awareness of an existing academic, political, or social issue through education that enhances student learning and provides a meaningful exchange of ideas.

Outstanding Advisor Award

Honors a faculty or staff member who serves as an advisor to a student club or organization. Advisor is involved with students at all times, offers knowledge and experience to the organization, and provides assistance and support on an ongoing basis.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Services »

Leadership and Community Service Scholarships administered by the Division of Student Life
Linda & Richard Gelfond Scholarship
Senior Leadership and Service Awards
Shiming Hu Memorial Scholarships

Traveling Star Award »

External Fellowships »

Stony Brook Alumni Association Annual Student Awards »
Joseph N. Campolo Award for Legal Studies
Outstanding Future Alumni Award
Life Member Award

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